Mike Lane, a Delta County native, announces his candidacy for the District 1 seat on the Board of County Commissioners, representing the Republican Party.
He is seeking the seat currently held by Doug Atchley, who is term limited.
Lane's work and life experiences are related to many matters that come before the commissioners.
"I like challenges, addressing challenges as they arrive. I like anticipating issues before they come up and become challenges," he said.
Lane has experience in agriculture, banking and oil and gas.
He grew up on the family farm in Delta County. When he was eight years old he helped out at Delta Sales Yard, then owned by his grandfather, dad and uncle.
Mike owned the sales yard when it was sold in 1996.
Lane was bank lending officer at Farm Credit Services in Montrose, an ag lending bank, and worked for Halliburton for nine years. He retired in October 2016 after working in North Dakota, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Utah and Colorado.
He said, "A lot of math, science, hard work goes into the production of a gallon of gas.
"I feel fortunate to have worked in the oil and gas field, to know how rigs operate, how other contractors operate, how rig workers do their work.
"And with my background in agriculture, bank lending and oil and gas, I am qualified to represent District 1," Lane said.
He added, "All of my jobs have been customer service jobs. I have always worked with people, and as a commissioner I will keep the best interests of the people of Delta County in mind. Commissioner will be my full-time job."
Lane said he wants to bring more jobs to the county and more revenue from tourism.
"Progress is coming and I want to work with it, to listen to the people talk about their issues and address those issues as they come up," Lane said.
Lane welcomes contacts from people interested in his candidacy. He can be reached at 970-361-6859.
The seventh annual Eckert Crane Days, the annual viewing of the sandhill cranes migrating north from New Mexico through Colorado's West Slope, will be March 16-18. Representatives from the Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society (BCAS) will be at the viewing site east of Eckert at Fruitgrowers Reservoir, 9 to 11 a.m. each day, to answer questions and provide binoculars and spotting scopes.