Mike Freeman wins District 1 Weld County Commissioner race
November 12, 2016
Weld County voters are hanging onto Mike Freeman, the District 1 county commissioner.
The Republican incumbent beat his Democrat contender, Carl Erickson, 66.7 percent to 33.3 percent, according to final unofficial election results.
"I'm very happy to win," Freeman said. "I'm looking forward to the next four years."
He said the board has started many projects, and for at least the next two years, they'll all be together to see them through.
Freeman served as the Board of Weld County Commissioners' chairman this year. He led the meetings that tackled updating the oil and gas-rich county's petroleum pipeline regulations, created the county's first solar regulations and outlined some officials' desire to update the decades-old county charter.
He was first elected to the board in 2012, when we replaced Dave Long, who was term-limited.
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When he announced his candidacy in October, he said his top priorities would be transportation and infrastructure, including the Weld County Road 49 project, which will give residents an alternate highway option south toward Denver. He also plans to increase water storage and protect agriculture, bring sustainable businesses to the area, protect private property and Second Amendment rights and streamline regulations, he wrote in the release.
Erickson is the chairman of Weld Air and Water, an environmental activist organization that combats many oil and gas projects.
He criticized current leaders for a lack of transparency and interaction with fellow residents.
Freeman supports a somewhat controversial storage project called Northern Integrated Supply Project. It would take water from the Poudre River and store it in two reservoirs — one in Weld County and one in Larimer.
Erickson is against NISP because of its location, specifically the reservoir that would sit northwest of Fort Collins. Other than Fort Collins-Loveland Water District and the part of Windsor that stretches over the border, Larimer residents won't use the water.
"That is not the best way to get friendly with our neighboring counties," he said.
Freeman will remain on the board for four more years.