Andrew Romanoff visits Grand Junction

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT)-- A Democrat running for the United States Senate was in town today. He stopped at Copeka Coffee to hear from the community.

Andrew Romanoff says he spends a lot of time in Mesa County and throughout the western slope listening to families who struggle with mental health and substance abuse.

He says it's also something that his family has struggled with.

Mesa County has some of the highest suicide rates in the country, and Colorado is among the highest in the nation.

"Help more schools get the resources they need to address this problem early on. That means, nurses, counselors, psychologists, social workers, training, not to diagnose or treat mental illness, that's not the job of a teacher. But at least to notice some of the early warning signs,” says D. Candidate, Colorado U.S. Senate Andrew Romanoff.

He also talked to the community about combating climate crisis and getting healthcare for everyone. If elected, he would unseat Republican Cory Gardner.