Fruita mayoral election: City government experience is her edge, Buck says
Having served as a Fruita city employee and a City Council member, Lori Buck has crafted and implemented city policies — something to which no one else on the council can lay claim.
She worked in the Community Development Department for four years, first as a planning technician and then as a code enforcement officer. She’s now in the midst of a second four-year term on the council.
And that’s something she thinks gives her an edge in the race with fellow council member Terry Moss to replace outgoing Mayor Ken Henry.
“It gives me an advantage and a different perspective than anyone,” she said.
The Fruita native and administrative assistant with mechanical and electrical engineering firm Bighorn Consulting Engineers is focused on winning that race. But she’s also paying close attention to what will happen with the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights override ballot measure, which would allow the city to retain for the next six years revenue that would otherwise be refunded to taxpayers.
Buck, who like Moss backs the measure, said its passage would ensure the city will continue to receive much-needed grant dollars to help fund capital projects.
She also wants to encourage residents to support Fruita businesses, noting there are more storefronts than the city has perhaps ever had.
“Getting people to shop at them is a big challenge we need to keep working on,” she said.
Buck currently serves on the city’s Senior Advisory Task Force, the Arts and Culture Board and the Tourism Advisory Board.
She said she by nature is a quiet person and has concentrated on running a positive campaign, free of the barbs Moss has directed her way, but she did note another difference between her and her opponent.
“I tend to be a little more succinct than Terry and get on with business,” she said.
In addition to a new mayor, Fruita residents will also select three council members in what’s turned out to be a series of uncontested races. Current council members Stacey Mascarenas and Mel Mulder and newcomer Joel Kincaid are the only candidates.
for those seats.