Gym owner to run for county commission
Glenwood Springs gym owner Steve Reynolds has announced he will run for Garfield County Commissioner. Reynolds, a Republican, will face Democrat and incumbent Trési Houpt on election day, Nov. 7.Reynolds owns The Gym at the Hotel Colorado and has lived in Glenwood Springs since 1991. He serves on the county Community Corrections Board and is also on the executive committee of the Colorado Association of Community Corrections Boards. Reynolds joined the county planning and zoning commission in late 2005. He said he joined the commission “to learn land use management in Garfield County” in anticipation of running for county commissioner.In addition, Reynolds is a member of the Rotary Club of Glenwood Springs and of Club 20, a group of government, business and individual members concerned with issues affecting the Western Slope.
The father of two young children, Reynolds is a den leader for Glenwood Springs Cub Scout Pack 225.”I’m a firm believer that our most important job is to be a parent,” he said.Two issues stand out for him as the most pressing in the county: management of oil and gas development and population growth.For Reynolds, the key to managing oil and gas development is creating a collaborative working environment with the state regulatory agency, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.”With such an environment, “we can work to limit the impacts on our community,” he said. Reynolds said he would also work to ensure revenues from that development stay in Garfield County and do not move eastward as some legislators from the Front Range would like.
“Oil and gas is a significant part of our economy. It is here whether we like it or not. Through a collaborative working environment we should be able to have a winning situation for oil and gas companies and citizens,” he said.He also sees the influx of oil and gas workers adding to the population of the county and which the county will have to accommodate in schools and “in jails and the court system.”While growth is good for the county, it also needs to work in collaboration with the local municipalities to manage that growth, Reynolds said.”I’ve always been a real believer in getting out and being part of the solution, being part of the decision-making process,” he said.As a Republican, Reynolds said he would bring a different viewpoint at times from fellow Republicans and County Commissioners Larry McCown and John Martin. But he would not be in what he sees as the current adversarial relationship between Houpt, Martin and McCown.
“There is a legitimate benefit to different viewpoints on the issues. Different viewpoints are the key for good dialogue and negotiating and reaching a fair resolution,” he said.Reynolds calls himself “fiscally conservative and socially moderate.”He also would bring a background in business to the job, he said. He has a degree in business administration with majors in accounting and finance and worked in those fields for many years before coming to Glenwood Springs.Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. email@example.com
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