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Julie Cozad announces re-election bid for Board of Weld County Commissioners District 2 seat

Tyler Silvy
tsilvy@greeleytribune.com

Julie Cozad

Julie Cozad has announced her intention to run for re-election to the Board of Weld County Commissioners.

The chairwoman of the board, Cozad has represented District 2 since running unopposed in November 2014.

District 2 encompasses a large swath of central Weld County, including Johnstown and Milliken, where Cozad lives. Cozad will be up for re-election November 2018.

"It has been an honor to represent District 2 for the last three years," Cozad said in a news release. "I have worked diligently, kept my promises and have the energy to continue serving the citizens of Weld County."

Cozad, 59, is the first candidate to announce for the November 2018 commissioners races, which include Cozad's District 2 seat, as well as commissioner Steve Moreno's at-large seat.

There is some indication Cozad, a Republican, will have a Republican challenger in 2018, having drawn the ire of some in her district for a variety of reasons, including her vote to allow a Martin Marietta Materials concrete and asphalt plant to locate near an outlying Johnstown neighborhood.

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Neighbors there are engaged in a protracted legal battle with the county, with an appeal case ongoing.

For Cozad, transportation has been one of the largest priorities, and she said it continues to be important.

In her release, Cozad touts her work on the Freedom Parkway (Weld County Road 54/37th Street in Evans), Colo. 66 and Highway 34 coalitions.

"A comprehensive transportation system, great paying jobs and a healthy economy continue to be a priority," Cozad said.

Cozad points to her monthly coffee meetings with constituents, monthly office hours at the county's southwest administration building and regular visits to the nine municipalities in her district as demonstrating her accessibility.

She also serves on numerous boards, including the Area Agency on Aging, Weld Faith Partnership and Criminal Justice Advisory Council, according to the release.

Tyler Silvy covers government and politics for The Greeley Tribune. Reach him at tsilvy@greeleytribune.com. Connect with him at Facebook.com/TylerSilvy or @TylerSilvy on Twitter.

The Julie Cozad file

Age: 59

Experience: District 2 representative to the Board of Weld County Commissioners for past three years, first elected in November 2014; chairwoman of the board since January; chairwoman of Freedom Parkway Coalition; Weld County representative on Highway 66 Coalition, Highway 34 Coalition and is an alternate representative on the North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization; serves on numerous boards, including the Area Agency on Aging, state’s commission on aging, Weld Faith Partnership Council, Poudre Trail Board, Fair Board, Extension Advisory Council and the Criminal Justice Advisory Council.

Family: Husband, Larry; two adult daughters and five grandchildren

Other: University of Northern Colorado graduate; 28-year resident of Weld County; Milliken resident.

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