The race for the University of Colorado Board of Regents' open Third District seat features two strong candidates.
CU grad and Democrat Jessica Garrow, 30, an Aspen city planner who lives in Carbondale, has a background on professional boards and one civic commission.
Republican Glenn Gallegos, 62, of Grand Junction, retired educator and retired operations president of The Gallegos Corp., has an extensive background in education, including working as a teacher, coach, principal and assistant superintendent. He has also served on several boards and committees, comprising educational, business and civic interests.
It is encouraging to see someone of Garrow's age taking an interest in politics. She clearly is concerned with being involved in her community and in higher education, and a regent post could be a meaningful first step in a political career.
Nevertheless, Gallegos brings considerably more experience to his candidacy and projects enthusiasm for joining the board and getting things done. His experience on numerous boards leaves little doubt that he is familiar with working with others towards a common goal.
The Third District will be in good hands no matter who wins this election, but the stronger candidate is Gallegos.