Congressional candidate holds town hall in Grand Junction

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Diane Mitsch-Bush won the Democratic primary and is now gearing up to face Congressman Scott Tipton for the District 3 seat in November.

She held her first town hall meeting since the primaries on Wednesday night in Grand Junction.

Mesa County residents went to The Factory on Main Street to listen.

"I was impressed about how knowledgeable and dynamic Diane is,” said Kayla Dodson, who attended the meeting.

Mitsch-Bush wasted no time in comparing herself to the incumbent Tipton.

"He's known for not having a lot of [town halls]. I strongly believe my job is to listen, so town halls are one way,” she said.

She listened to multiple questions.

"She is so strong about her feelings for education and the need for good paying jobs for working people,” said Dodson.

Her number one issue is the economy.

"We need an economy that works for everyone, not just the top 1 percent,” she said

Tipton's campaign didn't return an email for an interview, but his website does say he works to stop the federal overreach that is impeding private sector jobs.

Mitsch-Bush also talked about healthcare.

"Access to quality and affordable healthcare is a critical issue both for people's health and as a social issue,” she said.

That's something Tipton echoes on his website, but how to get there is where the candidates differ. Mitsch-Bush supported the Affordable Care Act, while Tipton is in favor of repealing it.

Congressional District 3 is comprised of the majority of the state, stretching all the way from Moffat County to Pueblo County.

Representative Tipton has been in office since 2010.

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