Kevin Kuns is running for House District 58 in western Colorado. He has a strong business background and wasn’t interested in politics until recently as a result of alarm, which many of us share, at the dysfunctional divide that has developed between Democrats and Republicans, and which is tearing our country into two warring camps. No country can long survive a situation where its people are constantly fighting, with nothing getting done to solve the problems that we face.

Kevin has a knack for getting to know the decision-makers in Colorado in order to get things done and has received numerous endorsements from them. With a friendly, outgoing personality, he is able to get people to open up. He is skilled at talking with people, whether it’s one on one or in front of large crowds. I’ve seen him operate up close in the years I’ve known him; he doesn’t waste time but gets to the nub of whatever challenge he faces. He grew up working summers for many years on his uncle’s ranch in Wyoming, and understands the needs of farmers and ranchers. His volunteer work for the Western Colorado Alliance, the Montrose County Commissioners Advisory Committee, numerous local charity organizations, as chair of the local Democratic Party, and his long experience in executive management in the restaurant industry have prepared him to serve wisely and effectively.

He has been endorsed unanimously by the Grand Junction-based Restore the Balance, a group of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents working to tamp down the division that has poisoned political dialog in the last couple of decades, and which threatens the stability of our democracy. It is not sufficient to have a representative who “tows the party line”, we need folks who can listen to all sides of a debate, and come to a reasonable decision, and Kevin Kuns is that man.

His incumbent opponent has opposed affordable housing for workers (HB 22-1304), health care plan competition (HB 21-1232), establishment of a drought and climate stability office (21-1242), sick leave for employees during the Pandemic (SB-20-205), and a clean air bill (SB 22-193). These “no” votes are out of touch with the challenges that Montrose and other communities face in the 21st Century, and are a disservice to the young people who must find ways to thrive in a constantly changing economic environment. Whether it’s farmers and ranchers suffering from lack of water and pests due to climate change, our dying national forests, or lack of affordable housing for lower-wage workers, Kevin is well versed on the issues and will tackle these problems head-on.

We need a strong voice and a strategic thinker as our representative in House District 58 in order to make sure that our region gets our fair share of available resources. The Kevin I know will work diligently to improve conditions for working people in Western Colorado, and will listen to people who are affected by changing economic conditions. He’s comfortable working along with those holding different opinions to seek consensus, and will create a better working environment for our young people, no matter what their background or circumstances. Prosperity and civil order result when people of all stripes work together, rather than when they are too busy fighting… Kevin Kuns understands that.

David Congour, Montrose