RANGELY I Rangely business owner and artist Elizabeth Wiley is one of 10 candidates running for election to the three open seats on the Rangely Town Council this spring.
Wiley, who has been a Rangely resident for 12 years, says she takes civic responsibility very seriously.
“I’d rather be part of the solution than sit back and complain and wait for others to fix a problem,” Wiley said. “I have a diverse skill set, education and range of experiences, as well as the ability to identify opportunities and strengths others might overlook.”
“I have a strong ability to work cooperatively with many different people as well as organize at the grass roots level,” she said. “I think community involvement is important, and an important component of that is transparency in government and open communication and involvement between the town and the community.”
Wiley has a fairly diverse background, which she believes will be beneficial to the council.
“I hope to lend my organizational, creative and critical thinking skills to help make the town’s new economic development stimulus effective and (to) support other efforts to establish a stable economic future for Rangely.”
Born in Virginia, Wiley spent much of her youth moving around overseas while her father served as a foreign service officer. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology and a masters of fine arts in art and has taught adjunct classes at Colorado Northwestern Community College for the last 12 years.
Wiley says she stays busy “running a profitable Main Street business and raising my two boys, ages 5 and 8.”
“I am president of the Rangely Community Gardens and a volunteer at Parkview Elementary and my church,” she said. “I have served as a community liaison for The TANK since their first Kickstarter campaign.
“I care deeply about this community, it’s where I brought my babies home, where I planted my business and where I’m raising my family,” she said.
“It’s my home and I want to lend my time and talents to help Rangely become an even greater place to live.”