GREELEY — Les Meyer, who served two terms as president of the Carbon Valley Chamber of Commerce, is running for state House District 48, challenging incumbent Stephen Humphrey (R-Severance).
Meyer kicked off his campaign Sept. 19 at the Greeley home he shares with his wife Patricia.
“I live in Weld County, and Weld County, as you know, is the only county in the country with no debt, no county sales tax and an actual budget surplus. And I think that we need people who are willing to go stand up and fight for some of the real issues of Weld County. I’m pro-business, pro-economic development, and I believe we need a stronger voice for Weld County.”
Meyer, 61, is the president and CEO of Rocky Mountain Capital, Inc., a Colorado-based holding company.
“A holding company is just that company that owns and operates other companies,” Meyer said. “Rocky Mountain Capital is just a company that was developed — all of the shareholders are allowed to have ownership, and their ownership gives us the ability to buy other companies. Right now, we own a life insurance agency and we’re in the process of some other things.”
Meyer said he was displeased with the direction the legislature has taken the state, but Senate Bill 252 was “the last straw.”
“Senate Bill 252 was passed with another bill that’s going to require some of the co-ops and some of the independent electric companies to have a larger amount of their platform be some from renewables. And it’s just going to cost consumers more,” Meyer said. “Some of the legislators in Denver just don’t seem to care what the real issues are for those of us in rural areas.”
Meyer, 61, a former heavyweight boxer, said he’s learned a lot of life lessons from the sport.
“You know, fighting professionally it allowed me the opportunity to prepare for a lot of things in life,” Meyer said. “If you’ve ever been beaten down you know you’ve got to get up and fight harder. You come out the next time more prepared.”
Meyer said he’s prepared for fight to get rural issues heard at the statehouse.
“I’m not the spokesman for the 51st state. There are people that could tell you a lot more about it than I could,” Meyer said. “I applaud the county commissioners and those that are working on that because I think it will give us a voice at the table. I think they’ve already opened up dialogue. And it’s being viewed as serious now.”
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