GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Mesa County residents will have another name on the ballot for sheriff come November as one deputy sheriff prepares for the road to election day.
Pat Arotin of the Mesa County Sheriff's Office was given the green light by Mesa County officials to begin his campaign efforts after he reached 1100 signatures.
He's officially been petitioned onto the ballot.
Arotin may have gotten a late start in the election process, but pat says he's eager to make up for lost time.
After serving as a deputy sheriff for nine years, he's hoping to set himself apart from other candidates through his service and experience.
“I’m still here, I'm still employed at the agency and I want people to know that my experience inside there will guide me in my leadership decisions down the road,” says Pat Arotin.
After working in several divisions of the agency he's got a good handle on the mesa county sheriff's office and the citizens it serves.
He's out to tackle issues of internal personnel retention and pay scales while working to improve the safety of the grand valley for its residents.
He maintains that his campaign is entirely grassroots and hopes to continue to make those personal connections with mesa county voters.