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Willett won’t run again; Soper to seek Grand Junction seat

Author: Marianne Goodland - January 9, 2018 - Updated: February 15, 2018

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WillettYeulin Willett (left) announced this week he won’t run for another term in the fall. Matt Soper (right) hopes to succeed him.

Colorado State Rep. Yeulin Willett of Grand Junction became the first Republican member of the General Assembly to announce he won’t seek another term.

According to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, Willett said he’s stepping down to spend more time with his family. Matt Soper of Delta has announced he plans to run for the seat, and immediately won an endorsement from Willett.

According to his Facebook page, Soper is a fourth-generation Coloradan. He earned an undergraduate degree from Colorado Mesa University and graduate degrees from the University of Edinburgh and University of New Hampshire. He previously served as a trustee of Orchard City.

“I look forward to continuing the good work of Rep. Willett, as well as focusing on the basics of protecting our water, getting our roads fixed, and keeping a lid on spending,” Soper said.

Willett was up for this third term in 2018. He was first elected to the General Assembly in 2014.

Marianne Goodland

Marianne Goodland

Marianne Goodland is the chief legislative reporter for Colorado Politics. She's covered the Colorado General Assembly for 20 years, starting off in 1998 with the Silver & Gold Record, the editorially-independent newspaper at CU that was shuttered in 2009. She also writes for six rural newspapers in northeastern Colorado. Marianne specializes in rural issues, agriculture, water and, during election season, campaign finance. In her free time (ha!) she lives in Lakewood with her husband, Jeff; a cantankerous Shih-Tzu named Sophie; and Gunther the cat. She is also an award-winning professional harpist.