Dem to seek commission seat
Grand Junction attorney to challenge McInnis for Mesa County post
A Democrat will challenge Republican Scott McInnis for the Mesa County Commission in the November election.
Mark Williams, a fourth-generation Coloradan and Grand Junction attorney was appointed by the party’s vacancy committee to run for the post, which is being vacated by the term-limited Steve Acquafresca.
Williams said the county’s economic condition moved him to seek the vacancy committee’s approval for his commissioner bid against the former congressman.
“We have the highest unemployment rate in the state. Pueblo is better than us,” Williams said. “What I want to do is make life better for the average person.”
Williams is a 1968 Grand Junction High School graduate and served in the Peace Corps. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado and a law degree from Lewis and Clark College and returned to Mesa County in 1982 to practice law.
He has been involved in several civic projects and organizations, including the Grand Junction Parks and Recreation board and on the county Domestic Violence Project. He also headed the Mesa County Bar Association’s library committee and served two terms on the Grand Junction Board of Appeals and on the Urban Trails Committee.
He also is active in teen court and mock trial activities.
“I am a worker and I will work for our county,” Williams said, “I just want to make it better.”
He is the brother of John Williams, who serves on the School District 51 board.
Williams and other Democratic candidates are to rally on April 17 at Lincoln Park.