Despite continued calls to drop his candidacy, embattled Republican Jared Wright will not.
The House District 54 candidate apologized to voters Tuesday night for scandals surrounding his campaign, but he stopped short of stepping down. In recent weeks, an internal investigation at the Fruita Police Department and a personal bankruptcy have been linked to the former cop.
Wednesday, robo-calls demanding he drop out continued. Thousands of republicans in Mesa County have fielded the phone calls at home. And many within the party, including his former campaign manager, still are not sure he can redeem himself by getting elected.
"You're not going to go back to Denver and prove to me that you're honest and will tell the truth. you prove it by getting a job and working your fannie off for your family, staying here and doing the right thing," Doug Thompson said.
Wright is staying defiant despite the increasing pressure to step down. Tuesday night at a forum with voters, he announced that he will continue to move forward. "I'm going to work all the way through November 6th," the candidate declared. "I'm going to try to win on November 6th and go back and do the best job that anyone can do as a representative."
Wright is running against Libertarian Tim Menger for the District 54 seat. Menger has not and doesn't plan to spend any money campaigning.