Club 20, “Voice of the Western Slope since 1953,” honored Steve Acquafresca, Mesa County Commissioner, District 1, on March 28, 2014 at the Spring Meeting. Officials presented the John D. Vanderhoof Award, recognizing Commissioner Acquafresca’s outstanding service and dedication to Western Colorado.
Steve Acquafresca is a passionate advocate for the Western Colorado agricultural community. For almost fifty years, Steve has been actively engaged in fruit growing, conservation, business, community affairs and public policy-making. Respected for his abilities to listen and bring people together, Steve served three terms as a Colorado state legislator from 1990 through 1997 in Colorado's General Assembly. Steve represented House District 58 - six west slope counties which, at the time stretched from eastern Delta County to the Four Corners. Steve is serving Mesa County as a two term Mesa County Commissioner, with his term ending January 2015. Steve’s focus has long been on farming and ranching issues, business and economic development, water law, conservation, local government, transportation and public education funding and policies. As Steve looks toward the future, we hear his thoughts on energy and water. Steve is thoughtful and informed on all issues that impact Western Colorado, and is truly a thoughtful statesman.