RANGELY I James Dillon, a 2004 Rangely High School graduate, is one of the 10 candidates running for one of the three open spots on the Rangely Town Council.
Dillon, who moved to Rangely from Chicago as a teenager, says he decided to run in hopes of serving the town.
“I figured I should try and do something to serve Rangely, so I am taking a crack at it,” Dillon said.
Dillon, who earned a bachelor’s degree in economics, said he wants to see diversification within the local economy.
“My overriding purpose, were I elected to the town council, would be to get money flowing back into Rangely,” Dillon said. “We’re definitely hurting with what has happened to oil prices and the animus our government—both in Denver and in Washington—seems to have towards the energy sector, and while I think that Rangely is an oil and gas and coal town through and through, we do have other means by which to help keep the economy afloat.”
Dillon said he would describe himself as a fast learner, and he believes he can bring several personal attributes to the table.
“I try to be as even-handed and informed as possible when I make a decision,” he said.
Dillon currently works at Rangely District Hospital as an electronic health records specialist and is studying information security and database programming with plans to get his associates degree in health information management.
His wife is also employed by Rangely District Hospital and they have a 15-month-old daughter.
Voters will get to make their choices for three of the 10 candidates in the Rangely Town Council election next month.