Unite Colorado Endorses Thea Chase in HD-54

Organization continues candidate recruitment via statewide webinar while political parties caucus on March 6

Denver, CO – Unite Colorado today announced its endorsement of Thea Chase in the race to represent House District 54 at the state legislature. Chase became the fifth independent state legislative candidate recruited and endorsed by Unite Colorado.

“We’re proud to have Thea join our slate of independents running for state legislature,” said Nick Troiano, Executive Director of Unite Colorado. “With her experience creating jobs and growing the economy in Western Colorado, and her fiercely independent approach to problem solving that puts people first, she’s exactly the type of person we need in politics today.”

Chase serves as a Town Trustee in Palisade. As the Director of the Southwest  Innovation Corridor and the former Executive Director of the Business Incubator Center in Grand Junction, Chase has worked to help hundreds of small business owners create jobs and grow the economy in Western Colorado. She has deep roots in the Grand Valley, raising her family there over the past 25 years and serving as leadership for numerous community organizations, including the Healthcare Development Council, Hilltop Community Resources, the Mesa Land Trust, and the Kiwanis Club.

“Thea’s experience in the community will enable her to represent her district well,” said Troiano. “She knows the West Slope, and she’s the only candidate running in HD-54 who isn’t part of the broken partisan system that’s beholden to party bosses and special interests.”

Chase joins a slate of four other Unite Colorado-endorsed independent candidates running for state legislature this cycle. These candidates are: Steve Peterson, a strategy consultant running in Senate District 30; Maile Foster, a financial advisor running in House District 18; Eric Montoya, a Thornton City Council member and small businessman running in House district 31; and Jay Geyer, a military veteran and university professor running in House District 33.

Unite Colorado is still recruiting candidates for the 2018 cycle, and will hold a webinar training for potential candidates on Tuesday, March 6th. The webinar will cover the rise of zero-sum partisanship, how independents can bridge the partisan divide, and other topics helpful to would-be candidates. Those interested in the webinar can register themselves or recommend a community leader at the Unite Colorado website (link: https://www.unitecolorado.org/potential_candidate_webinar).

For the first time ever, independents are organizing in a credible way in Colorado,” said Andrew Short, Political Director for Unite Colorado. “Our movement gives talented leaders a viable way of running for office outside the broken two-party system.”


Colorado House District 54 is located in the Grand Valley and includes Mesa and Delta County. It includes the cities of Delta, Fruita, Collbran, De Beque, Palisade, and parts of Grand Junction, as well as unincorporated Clifton, Fruitvale, Loma, Orchard Mesa, and Redlands.

Unite Colorado strategically recruits and supports common-sense, independent candidates for office. For more information, visit www.UniteColorado.org.

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