Page, an independent, seeks commission seat  in a crowded D-3 race 

William “Chip” Page

William "Chip" Page, chairman of the Mesa County Planning Commission, has thrown his hat into the ring to represent District 3 on the Mesa County Board of County Commissioners.

But instead of challenging the three Republicans who already are in the race — Janet Rowland, Matthew Diers and Robert Prescott — Page is running as an independent.

"I don't have paid staff assisting me in my effort to be elected as your county commissioner, therefore I ask that you submit questions to this website," Page wrote on his web page, www.electchippage.com. "I will do my best to answer all questions and include them here when possible. As stated, I am not requesting funding, just your vote."

Page currently works for the Colorado Department of Corrections as a parole officer.

He came to Grand Junction in 2002 from Cripple Creek, where he served as mayor between 1995-1999.

He also was a volunteer victim advocate for six years with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, and worked in probation with the 21st Judicial District in Mesa County.

To date, no Democrat has entered the race for District 3, the seat currently held by Commissioner Rose Pugliese, who cannot run again because of term limits.

Currently, there are three people vying for the other commissioner seat that will be decided in next year's general election, now held by Commissioner John Justman. They are state Sen. Ray Scott, Cody Davis and Michael Day.

Like Pugliese, Justman also is term limited.

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