We are all too familiar with the "good ol' boys club" in Delta County, and it takes a special kind of person to stand up to it. More so, it takes a rare breed of person to do so with gusto and grace. And that person, without a doubt in my mind, is Teresa Nelson, candidate for Delta County commissioner.
Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting with and talking to Nelson. During our meeting, I bombarded her with nonstop questions, seeking out her opinions on a variety of countywide issues. Admittedly, I was tough on her, and she responded to my incessant line of questioning with pose and intelligence.
But the most telling thing about her was her response to issues that she had not fully researched yet (albeit, not many). She used three words that are tragically underused in modern politics: "I don't know." It was refreshing to chat with a potential elected official who was humble enough to not pretend like she had all the answers.
This humility is only complemented by her guiding principles. She is a staunch advocate for property rights and rule of law. She is eager to make Delta County a friendlier place to establish a business. Most importantly, she is thoughtful, approachable, and honest with her constituents -- a rare trifecta for those seeking public office.
I encourage Delta County (not just District 1) voters to cast a ballot for Nelson in the upcoming primary election. I especially encourage independents and unaffiliated voters, who will get their first opportunity to vote in a major party primary this election, to send in their *one* ballot for Nelson. (You can only vote in one primary; if you send in both ballots, your vote won't be counted.)
I look forward to watching Teresa take on the "good ol' boys."
Delta Volunteer Fire Department (DVFD) will be holding its annual fireworks show at Confluence Park on Wednesday, July 4, having received approval from Delta City Council at the council's June 5 meeting.
The DVFD has 28 volunteers and expects to have eight to 10 firefighters from Cedaredge join them this year.