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I was born and raised on a small family farm in 1987. At the age of 14, I dropped out of school to help support my family and started working at a local sawmill. I spent several years working in the lumber and logging industry before moving into construction.

Wanting more out of life, I decided to join the United States Marine Corps in 2007. After completing basic training, I received orders to report to Third Combat Assault Battalion, Third Marine Division in Okinawa, Japan and in 2009, I deployed to Iraq.

After coming back home, I became aware of how difficult it is to survive economically in the San Luis Valley. I started looking into how I could help create a better system for everyone. I realized I needed more education into how the economy worked and started pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with an emphasis on Economics at Adams State University.

During my time at Adams State, I helped re-establish the veterans group and later became the President of Veterans At Adams State. As president, I noticed the student voice was largely silent on campus. I decided to run for president of the Associated Students and Faculty in 2014. After being elected to a one year term, I worked to give students the ability to voice their concerns in a constructive manner.

After Adams State, I was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Monte Vista City Council in May of 2015. I was elected to a four-year term in November of 2015. During my tenure as councilman, I have advocated in support of the police department, continued robust economic development, and a balanced budget. I have proven my dedication to serving the interests of the entire community.

As Rio Grande County Commissioner I will continue my tradition of service that started all the way back when I was a Marine.

Committee to Elect Joe Schlabach
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