Meet your neighbors: Candy and Joshua Carpenter of Fruita |

Meet your neighbors: Candy and Joshua Carpenter of Fruita

Candy and Joshua Carpenter live in Fruita. They own and operate CJ Electric and play music together in their band, called Wanted.
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Denise: What is your occupation?

Joshua: We own and operate CJ Electric, a full-service electrical contractor. I am a master electrician and Candy is the dispatcher and office manager. We offer electrical service for businesses and residences and we provide green energy solutions. We work on small and large jobs, remodels and new construction. In addition to CJ, Candy is also an Arbonne Independent Consultant.

Denise: What is your business philosophy?

Candy: To offer excellent service at a fair, competitive price. We want to be your trusted electrical contractor for life.

Joshua: Reputation and trust matter greatly in this community, and earning and maintaining that trust is very important to us. Your business has to be really accountable in a small town.

Denise: Are you from this area?

Candy: I was born at St. Mary’s and I have lived in Mesa County all my life. I have been a Lower Valley resident for more than 20 years, and we currently live in Fruita.

Joshua: I am originally from Minnesota and arrived here in 2009 after researching the best areas to live. I chose the Grand Valley after looking at a number of factors including climate and water. Candy and I met when we were both working for another electrical contractor and we married in 2012.

Denise: What do you like to do when you are not at work?

Candy: We are musicians. Joshua has been a musician for most of his life and he is an accomplished pianist. His family had a traveling band and they performed all over the country while Joshua was growing up. We have now started our own musical group, called “Wanted,” with our daughter Tasha Stacey, and we had our first performance in January at the monthly variety show at Cavalcade. We will be holding a full concert at Cavalcade in Fruita on Jan. 31.

Denise Hight is co-author of Images of America: Fruita, which was published by Arcadia Publishing in 2011. She is currently working on another book for Arcadia, Legendary Locals of Fruita, which will be published in 2016. She can be reached at

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