Les Meyer used to be a professional boxer, but the Greeley resident is going back into the ring to fight for what he believes in.
Meyer, 61, announced that he’s running for state representative for House District 48, the seat that is currently held by fellow Republican Steve Humphrey of Severance.
With the primary race in June 2014, Meyer is starting his first-ever political campaign.
“I’ve been a lobbyist for a lot of years,” Meyer said. “I represented the energy industry in three states. I’ve been through the process. I know how to create a bill, how to write one, how to get it through the steps. I’ve just never been on the other side.”
Meyer, who is president and CEO of Rocky Mountain Capital Inc., a Colorado-based holding company in Greeley, said Weld County needs a strong voice and someone who will work for the real issues in the 48th district.
“For me, the biggest issues are those with natural resources. If we don’t take a hold of some of the water issues, they’re going to be huge,” Meyer said. “I think the natural gas issues are absolutely huge. I think anything related to the economy now (is important). I recognize there are a lot of issues out there. I just happen to think some of those are more important than others right now.”
Meyer, who said he won’t be afraid to work across the aisle to accomplish things, said someone needs to defend what Weld County has going for it.
“Weld County is the only county in the entire country that has no debt, has no county sales tax and has a budget surplus of about $100 million,” Meyer said. “Somebody needs to make sure that’s protected. I think Weld County has done an incredible job to build a base, and I’m proud to be a resident of it and willing to go to battle to protect Weld County and its stability.”
Meyer said he’s for the 51st state proposal.
“I am so thrilled and supportive of those guys that have brought that forward,” he said. “I can tell you that’s it’s already made a positive difference. Even the way Gov. Hickenlooper is looking at us in our storm damage. The voice is loud enough that we’re starting to get some attention.”
Meyer laughed when told he could be running for a House District seat in a state that he may not be living in.
“That has crossed my mind. If it bettered our county and my district, I’d be for it,” Meyer said.
Meyer, an amateur and professional boxer in Nebraska and Kansas for 12 years until he retired in 1981, said that experience will help him in politics.
“There are times when you don’t see a punch coming, and you just got to keep getting up,” Meyer said. “There are a lot of similarities. A low blow can be a low blow in words or a punch.”