Local Attorney Announces 2012 Commissioner Bid

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Decision 2012 may be more than a year away, but the road to that day starts now for one Grand Valley woman.

Republican Rose Pugliese has announced she will run for the Mesa County Commissioner seat currently held by Janet Rowland, who is term limited.

An attorney and member of several local conservative groups, she says her small business background and leadership experience have given her the necessary skills to be an effective commissioner.

In terms of her platform, Pugliese says she wants to focus on two main areas -- finding ways the county can help promote economic development and job creation, and making sure public safety has the resources it needs to keep the community safe.

"I really want to serve," said Pugliese. When this opportunity came up I thought it would be a good fit for me being a small business owner and a member of the community. I just want to make this a better place to raise my family and also make it a better place for other people."

This is not Pugliese's first foray into politics. She ran for school board in 2009, but was narrowly defeated.

She also garnered local and national attention in 2010 when she petitioned School District 51 to stop teaching man-made global warming as fact and to present students with a more balanced approach to the subject.

She is the only candidate to officially enter the District 3 race at this point.

According to the Colorado Secretary of State's Office, Republican Christi Flynn and Independent Jana Gerow have filed paperwork to run for the District 1 seat currently held by Craig Meis.


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  • by Optomistic Location: Grand Junction on Jun 2, 2011 at 06:29 PM
    Go ROSE! Don't read into the comments, you can do it and we know you are concerned about Mesa County!
  • by Encouraged Location: Ritterville on Jun 2, 2011 at 04:06 PM
    If she knows the correct number of stars on the stars n bars, has a non-photoshopped birth certificate, and can speak coherently without a teleprompter I will vote for her.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 2, 2011 at 12:18 PM
    You know she can't do any worse than the 2 tools that are already on the board. You know the ones, Rowland freak of nature and above the law meis. I don't think that she could do any worse than these two have already done. at least she is not in the pocket of oil and gas like craigy is or some whacked out janet from another planet. Give her a chance......
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      by Anonymous on Jun 2, 2011 at 03:22 PM in reply to
      UUMMMM I will vote NO!
  • by OM Resident on Jun 2, 2011 at 11:52 AM
    We need someone who is public safety oriented, and fiscally minded on where monies should be directed not wasted here in Mesa County. Afterall this current board carved huge chunks out of Public Safety (the most from any department) and look what is happening, extended time waiting for help, over taxed employees and resources before available now gone. But we keep funding the private business of GVT (county buys & services, fuels the buses for a private business I believe, not exactly 100% sure) and we get nothing back, all out of pocket expenditure for tax payers. So if there is something about a candidate we should know do tell and remember know who your voting for like "Cecil" says.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 2, 2011 at 01:33 PM in reply to OM Resident
      actually there are very few transit systems in the untied states that are private sector entities. Most, if not all transit systems are owned and maintained by municipalities (cities and counties) and yes, reliant upon nanny government grants and public tax dollars. I would say 90 percent of the transit systems are municipality owned. They are not a money maker, thus, it is not an inviting option to the private sector and liability is a huge concern.........
  • by Robert Jacobs Location: GJ on Jun 2, 2011 at 08:32 AM
    I think this "candidate" revealed her stripe in the last Republican primary for state office. As a registered Republican (fiscal conservative and social liberal) she represents thinking that is even too far right for the Grand Valley.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 2, 2011 at 01:35 PM in reply to Robert Jacobs
      too far right for the grand valley? is that possible??? I think not...
  • by NOBAMA Location: GJ on Jun 2, 2011 at 08:24 AM
    I will never vote for another person that has a law degree. We don't need any more regulation, we need some good ol common since leadership. There has to be someone willing to serve for the betterment of the community and not for milking the citizens for all the money they can get or for the since of power they seem to get off on.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 2, 2011 at 01:37 PM in reply to NOBAMA
      agree 100 percent....but we have a chemical engineer in the pocket of oil and gas now. we have a religious zealot who wishes to impose christian talibanism upon us. So, what is the big deal about having a liar lawyer with an agenda on board??? SSDD.
  • by Cecil Location: Miami on Jun 2, 2011 at 08:13 AM
    Word to the wise... Make sure you know who you're voting for!
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