Garfield County 2008 Race Roundup |

Garfield County 2008 Race Roundup

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 years’ November elections.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Voters wanting to learn more about the issues in Colorado and to hear from local candidates will get their chance this Saturday.

The Voices of the Valley Rally, a nonpartisan event, aims to bring residents to Sayre Park in Glenwood Springs at 11 a.m. so they can learn more about local and national issues and also express the concerns they have, said Sydney Hastings, co-chair of the rally.

People who go to the rally will be able to talk to all four Garfield County commissioner candidates, along with State Senate District 8 candidate Ken Brenner and a representative for U.S. Senate candidate Bob Schaffer, Hastings said. People supporting various issues on this year’s ballot will also be at the event.

People are encouraged to bring signs about the issues and candidates they support.

“(The rally) is to inspire people to get out and vote, and learn about everything on the ballot,” she said.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Garfield County commissioner candidates this year are on pace to easily raise more than $100,000 for this year’s election.

As of Tuesday, Republican Mike Samson has raised the most amount of money, ringing up $32,210 for his campaign as of Oct. 14, according to Secretary of State records. From Sept. 7 to Oct. 14, the latest campaign finance reporting period, Samson’s campaign had raised $10,310.

Steve Carter, Samson’s Democratic challenger, was second, pulling in $27,000. Contributors gave $6,945 during the last reporting period.

Stephen Bershenyi, a Democrat who is challenging Republican incumbent John Martin, was in third in fundraising. He has collected $22,712, and supporters gave him $4,665 in recent weeks.

Martin, who has lagged behind all the rest of the candidates for most of the campaign in raising money, has brought in $11,300. He brought in $9,450 in the last reporting period.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Garfield County commissioner candidate Steve Carter has earned the endorsement of the Roaring Fork Group of the Sierra Club.

Mark Stevens, the group’s chair, said that Carter was a pragmatic thinker with “a steadfast sense of fairness.” Carter is running against Mike Samson in the District 3 commissioner race. Although candidates run from districts, all voters in the county can make a choice in this race.

“(Carter’s) experience as a judge has given him the ability to listen and gather the facts before making judgments,” Stevens said.

The group also said Carter has a strong personal interest in preserving the natural resources of the area, and that he also recognizes the importance of a healthy economy, according to the group’s announcement of its endorsement.

The group also said that Carter’s time as a county judge, along with his experience in providing legal services with local municipalities, gives him “the background to tackle complex regional issues that have overwhelmed many commissions in the past.”

“The Sierra Club was impressed with his ideas about transportation, growth, property rights as they relate to mineral extraction, and regional development of renewable energy,” the group’s announcement said.

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