Teresa Nelson, a 17-year resident of Delta County, has announced her candidacy for Delta County Commissioner, District 1. She is a Republican.
Nelson grew up in Rangely where she met her husband Mike. He works in Montrose but they chose to live in Delta because of the feeling of neighborliness. She and her family live on a 16-acre parcel in Peach Valley. As the mother of four "amazing" kids, ages 10, 12, 15 and 16, she says she loves that Delta is a family-oriented community.
Her work exerience is varied. She's been a waitress, worked in the finance department at the school district in Rangely, and successfully managed both a restaurant and an airport. Currently she's a stay-at-home mom with a small cottage business, which has allowed her to be active in the Republican party at different levels. She has been involved in politics since a young age.
"I believe as a conservative Republican woman, I have a valuable perspective to add to the Board of County Commissioners," she said.
"I think the job of county commissioners is a very unique position," she said. "I feel there is no job out there that would fully prepare you for it. It's kind of like folding a fitted sheet. No one really knows how. We just roll up our sleeves and do it."
Her experience in finance and airport management, plus a background of working with people would all be beneficial, but she believes her most important trait is her willingness to learn.
"I am applying for a job," she said. "The voters are the ones who decide if I am qualified to best represent them in the office of the county commissioner.
"If elected, I will work for the people of Delta County. I would make it a priority to be available for them. They are the boss."
Republican Mike Lane previously declared his candidacy for the same office. Each must receive 30 percent of the delegate votes at county assembly to be placed on the June 26 primary ballot.