Commissioner Candidates Talk Construction
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Candidates for Mesa County Commissioner for District 1 and 3 gathered Thursday night to make their stance clear to voters.
Angeline Barrett was one of several people who came out to hear the candidates speak.
"I didn't know much about the candidates for County Commissioner and I thought maybe I'd find out," said Barrett.
Thursday's debate was put on by the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. and asked construction and capital project themed questions to the candidates.
It's an important issue for Barrett who owns her own garden center and has seen a decrease of business.
"People lately have not been buying trees and shrubs because the construction is down, so I was interested to hear what their thoughts were," she said.
The candidates gave their take on regulating business and what they think would help make Mesa County successful, before giving their closing statements:
"I think that that's really important for the County Commissioners to be that open and accessible people that the community wants us to be," said Rose Pugliese, (R) Candidate for District 3.
"We need to eliminate closed door meetings, we need to have a regulatory environment that's clear, that's easy to understand, that's never arbitrary and it's always fairly administered," said David Edwards, (D) Candidate for District 3.
"I know there are issues that are specific to certain industries but I think as a responsible County Commissioner, I've got to look within to budget, and then look to each different area," said Jana Bingham Jerow, (I) Candidate for District 1.
"It gets better or it gets worse, but very few things stay the same, that's kinda where I'm coming from. Business as usual in Mesa County, we need to do business better," said John Leane, (I) Candidate for District 1.
"I'm already on the front lines working to open up development of more of our natural resources that lay within our county and most of all [I'll] work tirelessly to get government, locally, state and federal, off your back," said John Justman, (R) Candidate for District 1.
The next candidate forum is planned for Saturday October 13 at 2:00 p.m. at the Grand Junction City Hall. They will be discussing gun ownership issues.