Fruita city councilor apparently out of race for county commission

Lori Buck

Fruita City Councilor Lori Buck appears to have dropped out of next year's race for Mesa County commissioner.

Buck, who couldn't be reached for comment, has returned all the money she's collected since entering the race in March, but didn't spend, in her campaign finance account.

In that account, filed with the Colorado Secretary of State's Office on Tuesday, Buck reported that she raised $6,206, but has returned $5,459.28 to her donors. That filing wasn't due until Nov. 1.

She spent the remaining $746.72 on bank fees, postage and advertising.

Her departure from the race, which is for District 1, leaves builder Cody Davis and Michael Day, who ran for county treasurer last year. Currently, Commissioner John Justman holds that seat, but is term-limited in 2020 and cannot run again.

Candidates in the other commissioner seat up for election next year, District 3 — currently held by Commissioner Rose Pugliese, who also is term limited — include former Commissioner Janet Rowland, Orchard Mesa resident Robert Prescott and former National Guardsman Robert Ballard.

The names of several other people have come up as possible candidates in both districts, including state Sen. Ray Scott, former state Rep. Yeulin Willett and County Treasurer Sheila Reiner.

All of the commissioners, candidates or potential candidates listed here are Republicans. No Democrat has entered either race.

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