ELN: Meis: ‘I choose not to spread the wealth in Mesa County’

Craig Meis cruised to an easy victory Tuesday in his bid for a second term on the Mesa County Commission.

Much too easy a win, as far as his opponent, Dan Robinson, was concerned.

Meis, a Republican, outpaced his Democrat challenger by 55.8 percent to 37.7 percent, as of results at 11 p.m.

Meis said that over the next four years, the county will turn its attention to overhauling the land-use code, a project he and his two colleagues on the board favored.

“It’s one of our priorities,” he said.

He also will target cutting the business personal property tax for the purposes of economic development.

Cutting that tax would give all businesses a tax break, not just a few as with economic-development packages designed to attract single businesses to a community.

“It would be an incentive to all,” he said. “I choose not to spread the wealth in Mesa County.”

Robinson, a former District 51 school board member who criticized Meis as being particularly close to the energy industry, said he was disappointed that more Republicans, who “are so tied to dogma” on the issue of oil and gas drilling, didn’t cross over for him.

“They obviously didn’t get it,” he said.

The county needs a full-time commissioner, and in Meis it has an industry lobbyist, Robinson said.

The county needs more than a single industry, he said, and it needs to look more to take care of the tourist and agricultural sectors.


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