Candidates call for better communication |

Candidates call for better communication

Phillip Yates
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Garfield County commissioner candidate Mike Samson wants to implement a plan for the county to communicate with the towns in the area should he be elected this November. So does Steve Carter, Samson’s opponent.

In an announcement this week, Samson said setting up quarterly meetings between the county and area town leaders would be his first agenda item should the Republican win the District 3 commissioner race against Carter, a former county judge. Samson’s opponent also has proposed similar meetings.

Both Samson and Carter are running to replace Commissioner Larry McCown, a Republican, who decided against running for re-election.

The issue of the county meeting with area towns and cities has been one of the most talked about issues in the current commissioner races, both Carter and Samson said.

“I have talked to people in the county and that is what people have talked to me about. They want the cities and the counties talking together,” said Samson, Rifle High School’s dean of students. “I want us to work together.”

Carter said he suggested regular meetings between the county and area municipalities during a candidate meeting several months ago.

“I think there has been a gigantic lack of communication between the county and the municipalities,” he said. “They should meet regularly.”

Carter also suggested that the county conduct similar meetings with the many special districts in the area.

“There has been an abysmal lack of communication,” Carter said.

Under Samson’s plan, the meetings between the county and the municipalities would occur four times a year. The host municipality would set the location and agenda and serve as its moderator.

The meetings would be open to the public and would be structured to avoid possible conflicts with Colorado’s Open Meetings laws, Samson said.

“I want to bring people to the table,” Samson said. “I know that not everyone agrees on everything. I want people to work together. I don’t want to see polarization.”

While Carter and Samson face off in the District 3 race, Republican incumbent John Martin will square off against Democratic challenger Stephen Bershenyi in the District 2 race.

The last day to register to vote in the Nov. 4 general election is Oct. 6

Contact Phillip Yates: 384-9117

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