The race for Jefferson County commissioner in District 3 has become more competitive with the addition of a third candidate, Greg Standley, who is on the campaign trail.
Standley is running as an unaffiliated candidate who holds conservative view. He identifies himself as an expert mediator and is interested in getting to the root cause of issues. He said he is inclined to approach situations with a scientific mind while applying techniques for conflict resolution that he learned while working 30 years at MillerCoors. Within that time, Standley has worked in many roles, ranging from a microbiologist to a quality specialist.
“I go out and I analyze broken processes,” Standley said about the role of a quality specialist. “I’m a problem solver.”
Growing up in Jefferson County and now residing in unincorporated Jeffco, Standley said he stands out from his opponents in that he does not come from a strong political background.
“I’m a normal guy just trying to use my skill sets I’ve practiced for many years in conflict resolution that would offer something the community might want,” he said.
His campaign focus is on the “grander issues,” but his real passion lies with the residents in District 3, who heavily rely on the commissioners as their representatives. Issues he thinks need attention deal with commissioners being more accessible to the public, fire mitigation and conflicts with slash-collection sites, and land use.
“I have a passion to help people resolve issues at the county level with their properties,” he said. “It’s such a huge investment for everyone. It’s so important.”
He is, however, aware of bigger issues raised in the county, including the contentious Jefferson Parkway project, funding requests from the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office and the Jeffco5 initiative that aims to increase the number of county commissioners from three to five.
Standley signed the Jeffco5 petition, which was unsuccessful in getting on the ballot. He said he thinks it is up to the voters to decide. Personally, he said, he does not agree with Jeffco5’s message which claims better representation can be achieved through the election of more commissioners. “Why grow government? If you have the right people and the right job, three commissioners should be enough.”
Whether or not voters decide to elect Standley as the next county commissioner for District 3, he said he will remain dedicated to his involvement in county matters, which is evident through his regular participation in public comment during the 8 a.m. commissioner meetings on Tuesdays.
“At the end of it I can say I tried … and let it go,” Standley said. “Or I can run again in four years.”
To contact Greg Standley, email questions and comments to or call 303-549-3436. The public can follow him on twitter at .