Mel Mulder – Hardcore Democrats

Mel Mulder – Hardcore Democrats

I am Mel Mulder and I am running for one of two seats for Mesa County Commissioner.

I feel that with my background, I can do a good job for this County. Having lived in the Valley since the 1970s, I have managed a finance company, owned 2 businesses, gone through bankruptcy thanks to Black Tuesday 1986 when EXXON pulled out suddenly, worked as foreman on Rapid Creek Water Plant, worked in sales, worked as a CNA and pscy tech until I started my own repair business. While growing up in Michigan, I learned truck farming and construction, skills, which I still use today.

Living in Fruita, I served on the city government as a city councilman, on the planning commission on and off for 20 years. I am currently on the planning commission now. I represented Fruita on the 5, 2, 1, Drainage Authority as well as on the Drainage District. Having been involved in Fruita’s newer master plan, the city’s budgets, police commission, and city rec-board, and public works, I am very proud of the accomplishments Fruita has been able to do in spite of an always tight budget. We built a Community/rec center, the only one in our valley. I proposed a common wall so the Public Library could build a bigger building with this common wall thereby saving a bundle of money for both entities.  Fruita has also managed to enlarge and remodel our police center, our public works facilities, build the new modern waste water treatment plant, new Little League fields along with the new Little Salt Wash Park and trails, and continues to strengthen its infrastructure. Making use of grants, Fruita has improved its main street, our Pavilion area and Reed Park. We were able to do such because Fruita’s voters approved De-Brucing five times over the past years, knowing the city would do exactly what it let the public know it wanted to do. Fruita is a home-rule municipality.

I want to bring my experience to Mesa County so it grows and prospers as well, realizing how the county budget is again taking a beating due to the with-drawl of the oil and gas industry.

If elected, I will be working to diversify our economy in light of the current downsizing of the energy industry. I will work to bring in high tech businesses and promote the recreational offering we already have. Broad Band is essential to attracting high tech businesses, which would bring better jobs to our area. I would definitely go over the county budget, page by page to utilize the money most effectively, so we can do better job training, boosting education, making smart use of water and land, supporting our cultural venues which bring people to our area, all the while seeking vision and collaboration. I believe the county should become home-rule and seek to De-Bruce, as many Colorado counties have already done.

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