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.