Election 2010 Endorsement: Houpt’s voice crucial on county board | PostIndependent.com

Election 2010 Endorsement: Houpt’s voice crucial on county board

Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of Nov. 2 ballot endorsements written by the newspaper’s Editorial Board to be published in the Post Independent.

The election to decide the Garfield County Commissioner District 1 seat offers voters a stark choice between the incumbent, Tresi Houpt, and her challenger, long-time Sunlight Mountain Resort General Manager, Tom Jankovsky.

Jankovsky is an accomplished and honorable candidate with a sound business sense. But when it comes to representing the broader interests of the county on the varied and complex issues of the day, we believe Houpt has more than justified her continuing presence on the county board and deserves re-election to a third term.

Houpt has been a consistent voice through eight years in office, offering a much-needed balance in discussions of the often polarizing policy and land-use issues that come before the board of county commissioners.

Especially when it comes to weighing the concerns of recreation interests, the natural environment and energy development, Houpt has and will continue to bring a countervailing and vitally important perspective to the table.

Throughout her tenure she has shown a firm belief that the county government, working on behalf of its citizens, does have primacy over land-use issues within its jurisdiction. And in expressing that belief, we feel she has not been anti-economic development in any way, but rather a voice of moderation on a number of issues, most importantly concerning the controversial oil and gas industry.

Houpt, who is on the Human Services Commission, is a strong voice when it comes to the various human service needs of the county, as well as general public health and safety concerns.

By serving on a number of outside boards and commissions in Garfield County, the region and the state, including the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, she works to increase the presence and awareness of Garfield County issues and interests on a broader scale.

And, in this case in particular, experience counts, especially as the county prepares to address the budgetary realities of the new economy.

For these, and a host of other reasons, we believe Tresi Houpt deserves a vote of confidence, and a vote for county commissioner in this year’ election.

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