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 ” Glenwood Springs resident Stephen Bershenyi has raised the most money of four candidates running in this year’s two Garfield County commissioner races.

Colorado Secretary of State records show that Bershenyi’s campaign had raised $14,077 and had $6,950.97 on hand as of Aug. 3.

Bershenyi, a Democrat, is running against Republican incumbent John Martin in the District 2 commissioner race. Martin’s campaign had raised $1,250 and had $1,071.45 left in its campaign coffers as of Aug. 3, campaign records indicate.

In second place for local fundraising is Republican candidate Mike Samson, whose campaign had raised $13,835 and had $6,330.62 to spend in early August.

Samson is running against Democrat Steve Carter in the District 3 county commissioner race. Carter’s campaign had raised $12,053 and had $4,685.18 on hand as of Aug. 3, records show.

The four candidates have to file updated financial information with the state on Sept. 2. That information will cover a period from July 31 to Aug. 27.

GARFIELD COUNTY, Colorado ” Garfield County commissioner candidate Steve Carter is pushing for the county to take advantage of a bill the state legislature recently passed to make renewable energy projects affordable to county residents.

Carter said the county should start using House Bill 1350, which he said allows counties and municipalities to make renewable energy projects available “at low cost to homeowners, and to spread the cost over several years without having to place a second mortgage on their houses, all at little or no cost to taxpayers.”

“It is time for us to do something about making renewable energy affordable to every homeowner,” Carter said in a prepared statement. “Let’s face it, solar energy is the future. This cost-effective and reliable source of energy should be available to every homeowner everywhere in Garfield County.”

Carter said if the current county commissioners don’t move toward taking advantage of House Bill 1350, he would introduce a resolution to utilize that legislation if he were to be elected. He added that Holy Cross Electric and Xcel Energy are expected to raise rates this year, and that Garfield County is one of the “best locations in the nation to take advantage of solar energy.”

“Now for the first time, through the establishment of a district and the issuance of bonds from our county government, Garfield County can make these improvements available to all its homeowners at a very reasonable cost,” Carter said. “There is no extra tax burden, and there is no good reason they should not do this.”

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.

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