Mesa County Commissioner Janet Rowland got her groove back Tuesday

Mesa County Commissioners Janet Rowland, left, and Craig Meis are thrilled to see the initial returns showing that both of them have hefty leads over their opponents.

Mesa County Commissioner Janet Rowland, who ended up on the losing side of a statewide campaign two years ago, got her groove back Tuesday.

Rowland, the Republican Party’s candidate for lieutenant governor with Bob Beauprez in 2006, easily defeated Democrat Dickie Lewis to hold on to her commission seat.

As of 11 p.m. Rowland had captured 37,882 votes, or 61.9 percent of the vote, to Lewis’ 19,698 votes, or 32.2 percent.

Rowland said her second term would be geared to turning the county more toward prevention of the use of methamphetamines, lowering child abuse and helping senior citizens.

Completing the county’s energy master plans and revamping the county’s land-use code also are priorities for the next four years, Rowland said.

The child-abuse prevention, meth prevention and senior programs,  however, “are more fun,” she said.

Some of the efforts aimed at reducing meth use by children will focus on children who are identified as at-risk by child-protective services or whose parents are incarcerated.

Young people identified as being susceptible to meth will be provided with mentors, tutors and training to help them along, she said.

“We’ll put money into helping those people who are affected,” she said. “It will be better than spending it on advertising that hits everyone.”


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