Dem primary for District 5 commissioner seat looms

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By Crystal Nelson

BRIGHTON — Brighton residents Wilma Rose and Mary Ellen Pollack are facing off in the Democratic primary for the District 5 seat on the Adams County Board of Commissioners. The candidates are vying for a two-year seat that was created after voters approved a measure in the 2012 election to expand the board from three seats to five. 



Mary Ellen Pollack

Mary Ellen Pollack said she is tired of hearing the same thing from politicians and wants to find solutions that work for the people of Adams County. 

     “I’ve had enough, so I’m running not for me but for the people and their voice is what’s going to be heard,” she said. 

The longtime Brighton and Adams County resident says that the issues that are important to the people are the issues that are important to her. At the forefront: the issue of water and taxes being out of balance, along with concerns about jobs, housing, the environment and water and agriculture issues. She also wants to bring honesty, dignity and integrity to that office.

As the owner of MaryEllen’s Bail Bonds, Pollack has used her common sense and ability to make good choices to guide her business through tough times. She says she takes her commitments seriously and has been able to keep her commitments not only to the courts but also to the people. 

In addition to her work as a bail bondsman, Pollack is a founding member of the Professional Bail Agents of Colorado, was chair of the Adams County Latino PAC and was the first bondsman to serve on the Adams County Board of County Corrections. Pollack has been married to her husband, Fred, for more than 50 years and together they have five children and many grandchildren. 

Wilma Rose

Rose said she decided to run for the District 5 commissioner seat because she believes she has a lot to offer the residents of Adams County. Having served on Brighton’s city council for eight years until she was termed out in 2013, Rose believes she studied the issues that would be relevant to the seat, such as marijuana, oil and gas, planning and zoning, and water issues.

“It’s just that I have that background and I see that Adams County will be facing many of those issues that we’ve looked at, so I feel in that respect, that I could be a helpful commissioner,” she said. 

If elected as District 5 commissioner, Rose said she would like to improve communications between the county and cities and the county’s residents. She cares about jobs and businesses, transportation issues, and would work to continue improving the county’s image. 

“I work very hard to keep myself informed and that would not change,” she said. “I feel that I look into things thoroughly, I like to talk to a lot of people about the issues and I feel that that is the number one part of being a commissioner.”

Rose has lived in Brighton for the last 37 years and retired from School District 27J after serving special needs children as an inclusion specialist for 17 years. She believes it’s important to be active in the community and currently serves on the Legacy Foundation Board and the city’s Eye for Art Committee. She is married to her husband Dave and together they’ve raised three successful children.


Reach Staff Writer Crystal Nelson at 303-659-2522, ext. 217, or via email at cnelson@metrowestnewspapers.com.