Legislator may run for commission

Rep. Laura Bradford

State Rep. Laura Bradford, R-Collbran, is considering a run next year for the Mesa County Commission seat that term-limited Janet Rowland will vacate.

Bradford, who was hailed by the GOP leadership in Denver in 2008 when she ousted Democrat Bernie Buescher, said she is considering several options. A potential run for the commission “is one of many things on my radar,” she said.

One factor weighing in favor of her running for the commission is the likelihood the spot won’t open up again for eight years, Bradford said.

Most immediately, however, is the next legislative session, which begins in January. She already is preparing for it, Bradford said Wednesday.

Bradford’s Collbran residence is in commissioner District 3, now represented by Rowland, also a Republican, who will complete her second term next year.

Palisade attorney Rose Pugliese, a Rowland ally, has announced her candidacy for Rowland’s spot on the commission.

Pugliese said her campaign “is on track and doing well. Laura is welcome to join the race.”

Two other candidates have declared plans to run next year on the opposite side of the county, in District 1, which is represented by term-limited Republican Craig Meis.

Jana Gerow of Grand Junction plans to seek the commission seat as an unaffiliated candidate, and Christi Flynn of Fruita is seeking the Republican nomination.


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