Garfield County Commissioner 2008 Race Roundup |

Garfield County Commissioner 2008 Race Roundup

Phillip Yates
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The Garfield County Commissioner 2008 Race Roundup is a compilation of news and announcements from the candidates in this year’s two county commissioner races. It will be a semi-regular feature in the run-up to this year’s November elections.

GARFIELD COUNTY, Colorado ” Garfield County commissioner candidate Steve Carter has said an epidemic of speeding trucks and dangerous driving on county roads should lead the county to adopt a new code to combat those problems. He pointed to a recent Silt study that he said showed a serious problem with speeding trucks.

That study showed that over the course of a week, 590 big trucks traveled 15 mph over the limit in the city, and that 86 trucks went 25 mph over the limit. He said a “breathtaking” five trucks went 70 mph in a 35-mph zone.

Carter said that if he were elected, he would look to introduce a resolution to adopt the “Model Traffic Code.” He said passing that code would allow the county to collect speeding “fines and invest them in law enforcement.”

“All it takes is passage of a simple resolution, but the commissioners have not yet been seen fit to act on it,” Carter said. “The time to act is now.”

In a statement announcing his plan, Carter said the collection of fines for speeding is up to the state, and that money paid by speeding truckers and other motorists go to Denver.

“The fines should stay in this county to fund the sheriff’s office so he can afford deputies, proper vehicles and the tools he needs to keep our roads safe,” Carter said.

Eagle and Rio Blanco counties have adopted that Model Traffic Code, Carter said.

Steve Carter, a Democrat and a former county judge, will face off against Republican Mike Samson, Rifle High School’s dean of students, in the Garfield County Commissioner District 3 race. That race is wide open after Republican incumbent Larry McCown decided against running for re-election.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Garfield County Commissioner John Martin will be a part of an effort that will help identify areas with renewable energy potential and find ways to get them connected to the western United States’ electricity grid.

Martin is one of three county commissioners who will be a part of the Western Renewable Energy Zones Project (WREZ), an effort spearheaded by the Western Governors’ Association.

The committee Martin will be a part of for the WREZ is “responsible for categorizing the development potential of candidate study areas based on environmental, land use and wildlife criteria,” according to a memo from Shaun McGrath, with the Western Governors’ Association.

The goal of the WREZ is to generate information for decision-makers and to develop conceptual transmission plans to deliver energy across the West.

“The project will evaluate all feasible renewable resource technologies that are likely to contribute to the realization of the goal in the (Western Governors’ Association) policy resolution that calls for the development of 30,000 megawatts of clean and diversified energy by 2015,” McGrath said in his letter.

Martin, a Republican incumbent, is running against Stephen Bershenyi, a Democrat, in the Garfield County Commissioner District 2 race.

Martin said serving on the committee will be a “wonderful opportunity” to get ahead with renewable energy and get into the electricity grid of the United States.

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