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A look at two of the candidates

Phillip Yates
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The Garfield County 2008 Race Roundup is a compilation of news and announcements from state and local candidates running in districts that include Garfield County. It will be a semi-regular feature in the run-up to this year’s November elections.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Garfield County commissioner candidate Steve Carter is calling for a new approach for managing growth in the county.

If elected, Carter thinks the county should help push an agenda that would concentrate growth in the region’s municipalities and restrict subdivisions in non-incorporated areas, according to a prepared statement from the candidate.



Carter, a Democrat, is running against Republican Mike Samson in the District 3 commissioner race.

“We are creating non-city cities,” he said in the statement. “The role of our county commissioners should be to let city and town councils direct growth within their own boundaries,” Carter said in the prepared statement. “Intelligent growth management starts with pointing development to city limits.”



The candidate said developments like the proposed Cattle Creek development and the Ironbridge golf-course community, which are located between Glenwood Springs and Carbondale, are examples of projects that should be under the wing of “distinct municipalities like Carbondale or Glenwood Springs, but aren’t.”

“We need to direct residential growth to our six municipalities,” Carter continues. “We shouldn’t allow any more high-density residential areas that aren’t incorporated.”

Ken Brenner, a State Senate District 8 candidate, announced this week that he will work to protect roadless areas in northwest Colorado.

The candidate made the pledge to “do everything possible to protect the few remaining areas that haven’t yet been tapped for natural gas” after taking a flight over large road-free portions of the White River National Forest outside Carbondale and Rifle.

The United States Forest Service is currently reviewing a rule that could possibly open up roadless forest areas near Thompson Creek and East Divide Creek for possible road-building to service oil and gas development in the area.

Brenner said, in a prepared statement, that he understood that it was important to tap the natural gas in the region and that the area has a duty to “the nation to do so,” but added some areas like the headwaters of Thompson Creek and Divide “deserve special protection”.

Brenner is running against Rep. Al White, R-Hayden, in the State Senate District 8 race ” a district that covers most of northwest Colorado.

The candidate also added that if he were elected, he would work hard to protect “Colorado’s natural resources for all users.”

“I will always take a stand that requires responsible development, whether it’s residential development or gas and oil drilling,” said Brenner, who runs a sports rehabilitation clinic in Steamboat Springs and who has spent years on the Steamboat Springs City Council.


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