RANGELY I Long-time Rangely resident Jane Miller, the owner of Quality Carpet and Furnishings, is one of 10 candidates seeking election to the Rangely Town Council in April.
Miller decided to run out of a desire to bring balance to the local economy.
“I am very concerned about the recent state of affairs in Rangely,” she said. “I understand our current economic issues are primarily energy-industry based, but I would like to see if I can assist my community by trying to bring in other types of businesses and industries in an attempt to stabilize our local economy.
“I believe the addition of new industries in the Rangely area would only help to do this by providing local jobs that are not entirely reliant on the energy industry,” she said.
Miller has a varied background within the community and believes that her long history in the town gives her insight into Rangely’s needs.
“I have been a member of the Rangely community for 26 years, and during that time have been blessed enough to be a local business owner, a Rangely Junior College District Board member as well as a board member and the president of the Rangely Area Chamber of Commerce,” she said. “These opportunities have given me a very unique insight.
“I also have worked within the energy industry itself while holding positions at Bell Safety and ODI/Centrilift and am the wife of a retired oilfield mechanic,” she said. “I have seen the effects of the ‘boom and bust’ cycle of the energy industry, and I fully understand how vitally important having other types of industries is to this community.”
Miller, who has lived in Rangely for 26 years, is at a point in her life that she believes will allow for commitment to the council.
“Being a partially retired business owner has many benefits, the biggest of which is the availability of time,” she said. “I not only have the desire, but the time to devote to this seat.”