County Commissioner Nominee Sees Job as One of Stewardship

Pueblo County Commissioner candidate Paula McPheeters held a meet and greet at the Greenhorn Library on Saturday, April 6.

Approximately twenty people, many of whom were already fans and decked out in “Paula for Pueblo” shirts, gathered to hear McPheeters’ thoughts.

McPheeters announced her candidacy for Pueblo County Commissioner in October 2023, in her first run for political office.

This does not mean that she is inexperienced in the political world though, as her interest in politics led her to serve as an intern and staff member for both Senator Hank Brown and Congressman Scott McInnis. She recently completed a three-year term on the Pueblo County Retail Marijuana Sales and Excise Taxes Oversight Committee.

McPheeters spoke of her desire to ensure that tax dollars are spent wisely and for the public good. She shared that transparency and communication were of extreme importance to her, as is the right of every Pueblo County citizen to feel safe in their homes and while shopping or traveling the streets.

McPheeters stressed the importance of working for all of Pueblo County to help with roads, water, internet services, and other infrastructure issues. “ These needs are the first line for me. Maintaining and improving infrastructure will be a priority in budgeting decisions. Working with Pueblo County staff, we will continue to plan for these needs now and in the future.”

Knowing that fractured politics divide and cause uncertainty, McPheeters’ approach is different. She shared, “I’m hearing it everywhere; people want change, they are tired of division, and they want to look beyond party labels. I am not looking at the extremes on either side. I’m looking at the middle, where we can share common ground to move Pueblo forward. I am a conservative and my approach to every political problem is to pinpoint where we can start the conversation and build understanding.”

Family is important to McPheeters, as was evident at the Meet and Greet where she was supported by her parents and in-laws. McPheeters met her husband, Ron, during her freshman year in college; they married during her junior year and now have two sons, Grant and Vance.

A graduate of South High School, McPheeters attended the University of Southern Colorado (now CSU Pueblo) and majored in political science, then earning a Master’s Degree in public administration from the University of Colorado-Denver in 2008. She determined that she wanted to find a career in higher education, and did so at Pueblo Community College. She has spent more than 20 years working with budgets and grant management at PCC where she currently serves as Director of Grant Compliance.

Visit and learn about upcoming meet and greets and community picnics where McPheeters can be seen and heard.

Original Source Greenhorn Valley View