Leane enters county commissioner race
Running as independent for District 1 seat
By Kathleen Goddeyne
John Leane will be running for Mesa County Commissioner District 1 in the upcoming election. Leane is an independent party candidate running against Jana Bingham Gerow, another independent party candidate, and John Justman, the Republican candidate.
Leane was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, but moved to Grand Junction in 1978 with his wife Nancy. Here, raised their four children.
The 1966 University of Cincinnati was Mesa County Commissioner from 1989 to 1993. Leane has experience in many different areas such as teaching, co-founding an investment firm and an independent insurance agency, and organizing all sports officials for District 51 events. Leane also manages the Grand Junction Parks and Recreation slow pitch softball program.
Countless hours of Leane’s time have been spent volunteering for a range of different activities. Leane has the confidence to be the president of an organization and the humility to dress up as the Easter Bunny for children in the hospital. He has volunteered and donated his time to the Special Olympics in Grand Junction since 2000.
Now, Leane is ready to take on the position of Mesa County Commissioner again.
“I am very disappointed in what the two political parties in Washington have become, so I’m running as an independent affiliate in Mesa County. For the past two decades, the Mesa County Commissioners have been almost exclusively Republican with no opposition. I don’t think that’s the way it should be. It should be a contest rather than a coronation,” Leane said.
Leane’s number one priority is growing Mesa County’s economy. He plans on doing this through a specific plan of action.
The plan includes supporting and encouraging small businesses, expanding tourism as the fastest way to grow the economy, and adding a business/development coordinator position in Mesa County.
In order to help small businesses grow, Leane would reward the businesses that add at least four full time employees a year at a minimum of $15/hour with a $5,000 bonus. Leane plans on setting aside $250,000 from Mesa County for this program. He believes that this will create an additional 200 jobs.
To expand tourism in Mesa County, Leane hopes to create more events to attract more and new tourists. He hopes to involve may different organizations and people to organize a Western Colorado Marathon from Palisade to Fruita, youth sports tournaments, motorcycle, off highway vehicles (OHV) and 4-wheeler tourism, expand the wine tourism effort, bicycle races over the Monument, host a half triathalon or an obstacle course, hot air balloon fair, hiking tours, golf in the Grand Valley, rodeos, and adult competitions.
The business/development coordinator position would be a part time position that involves answering questions that have to do with development of any kind and direct interested parties to the right place with the right person. Leane believes this will speed up the building process in turn speeding up job growth and economic development.
“We all have opinions, but I don’t think there is a one size solution that can fix all of the problems we have,” Leane said. “Mesa County is physically large and despite not having a huge population, we are very diverse. We have people from the big city and we have people from smaller towns, like Fruita.”
For more information on John Leane and his campaign, visit www.electjohnleane.com.