Fire District has 3 seats up for grabs on board
By Ellen Miller
Voters in the Lower Valley Fire Protection District will decide May 8 who will serve on the district’s board.
The race unexpectedly lost a candidate for District 3 when Cullen Purser withdrew last week during a meet-the-candidates forum at the fire station in Fruita.
Instead, he endorsed Wyatt Popp, whom he called a good friend and “an incredible man.”
Popp, a consulting engineer who moved to the valley two years ago from Denver, is now unopposed for the District 3 seat on the board.
“This is home now and I would like to serve you,” he said.
Steve Seal, retired from state government, is running to keep the District 2 seat for another term, while Raymond “Rich” Lopez and Larry Overbye are challenging him.
Seal said he has enjoyed serving and would like to continue to serve.
Lopez moved to Fruita last June from rural Weld County, where he served on a variety of boards, including the United Way and Meals-on-Wheels. He started “Guns and Hoses,” an annual softball game between police officers and firefighters, and since moving to Fruita has become active in the Chamber of Commerce.
Overbye, a Fruita native and retired from the Colorado National Monument and Lower Valley Fire District, said he wants to continue to serve the valley and the department.
Seeking the District 5 seat are Derek Elder and Jason Staley. Elder, an employee of Grand Valley Power, was out of town and unable to attend the forum.
Staley, a native of Rangely who moved to Fruita about three years ago “because this is a great place to raise a family,” works as a project accountant for an engineering firm. He said he hopes to serve the community.