Former Colorado State Fair manager Chris Wiseman is jumping into Pueblo politics.
The 12-year fair veteran isn’t new to the Colorado politics limelight. Being at the helm of the state fair has meant years of enduring pointed questions and political pandering over the event’s fate in calling Pueblo home.
Before the fair, Wiseman, a Democrat, worked for former Colorado Gov. Roy Romer and Democratic U.S. Sen. Tim Wirth. Since his time at the state fair, Wiseman has worked with the Colorado Department of Agriculture as a deputy commissioner but recently announced via a Facebook post he’d turned in a letter of resignation with the intent to run for Pueblo County Commissioner.
The Pueblo Chieftain first reported on Wiseman’s bid, which may be centered on the future of hemp and cannabis:
“Wiseman said as commissioner he wants to see what he could do to expand markets for hemp as he has been doing at the department of ag.”
That position already has been met with opposition by a group of vocal, yet mostly informal, marijuana industry critics. A Facebook page titled, “Parents against the normalization of dope,” which mostly comments on Pueblo-related marijuana news, posted that it “wasn’t surprised” by the “drug person’s” bid.
The commissioner seat is being vacated by Sal Pace, a former state House minority leader, who announced earlier this year that he wouldn’t run for re-election because he wants to spend more time with his family. Pace was first elected as county commissioner in 2013.