Garfield County Commissioner John Martin says he has no interest in house seat
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Garfield County Commissioner John Martin says he’s perfectly content with his current political position and has no aspirations for state Rep. Kathleen Curry’s seat.
Martin, a Republican elected last November to his fourth term on the county board, has been rumored to have an interest in challenging Democrat Curry for her House District 61 seat.
“I’ve been wondering where that rumor came from,” Martin said during a break from Monday’s county commissioners meeting. “Whoever is spreading the rumor is doing an injustice, because I am not interested.”
Curry, a moderate Democrat from Gunnison, was elected to her third two-year term last November, and was recently appointed to the House Appropriations Committee.
She ran uncontested in the last two elections, and would be eligible to serve one more two-year term.
While Martin and Curry are both considered to be conservative on fiscal matters, they do differ on issues related to oil and gas development.
Curry pushed hard for the newly adopted Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission regulations, while Martin has taken a mostly hands-off approach to any county regulation of the industry and has been a critic of the new state rules.
Still, Martin said he has no interest in running for higher office.
“I’m not real excited about any kind of state or federal job,” he said. “I’m happy right where I am, and I’ll be here for another three-and-a-half years doing the job the people elected me to do.”
He also noted that he has an amicable relationship with Curry, even inviting her to be a cookie contest judge with him at the Garfield County Fair last week.
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