Mesa County commissioner says he’ll seek a second term

Photo by Gretel Daugherty—Steve Aquafresca announces his candidacy for a second term as Mesa County Commissioner during the Mesa County Republicans’ luncheon at Two Rivers Convention Center.

Mesa County Commissioner Steve Acquafresca will seek a second term, he told Republicans on Friday.

His campaign will have economic and rural themes, Acquafresca told about 160 Republicans at their monthly meeting at Two Rivers Convention Center.

Acquafresca pointed to the practice of setting aside money to carry forward into the next year. That’s about to pay off as the county faces a predicted 20 percent drop in revenues in 2010, he said.

Even though revenue will drop steeply, county spending will fall about 15 percent as the county draws on reserves, he said.

“In the good years, my philosophy has been to build community, not government,” he said.

The approach used during his first term will allow the county to continue several projects even during a slowdown, he said, noting work to be done on the Whitewater sewer project, 29 Road overpass and D 1/2 Road.

The county will consider adding a right-to-hunt provision to its code, much as it already has a right-to-farm code, he said.

Officials have fielded complaints about waterfowl hunting from residents who have moved in near the Colorado River and other bodies of water. Those uses have been going on for more than a century, Acquafresca said, and they should be protected.


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