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Jankovsky to run for Garfield County commissioner seat

John Colson
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Tom Jankovsky, the long-time manager of the Sunlight Mountain Resort ski area, confirmed on Wednesday that he is running for the Dist. 1 seat on the Garfield County Board of County Commissioners, a post currently held by Tresi Houpt.

Houpt, a Democrat who is finishing her second term, is the only commissioner facing re-election this year. She could not be reached for comment regarding Jankovsky’s announcement.

Jankovsky, 61, is a Republican. He said he had not yet filed his candidate’s paperwork with the Colorado Secretary of State’s office.

But he said that he would be doing so quickly in order to put himself officially in the race for the upcoming Republican caucus meetings, scheduled for March 16.

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With 25 years at Sunlight under his belt, Jankovsky said, “I can semi-retire from there, and commit to being a full-time commissioner.”

He said he has been urged by friends to run for the office, as a way of getting a more business-friendly commissioner in the seat.

“I want to bring a business philosophy and a business decision-maker to the county commission,” he explained.

He believes the board of county commissioners can and should be making land-use decisions that are more geared toward the needs of the business community.

“I just think land-use decisions are critical, and are job creators,” he declared.

In addition, he said, “I’m gonna commit to work with oil and gas, at least come to the table and talk to them,” although he pledged to also be protective of the environment.

“I’d like to improve the job situation in Garfield County,” he stressed. “Obviously I can’t make it happen like magic if I’m elected, but I can make decisions that will help.”

Jankovsky, married and with a pre-teenaged son living at the family home in West Bank, said he is “fiscally conservative” and a “moderate Republican” who believes his views are similar to “a lot of the people in Garfield County.”

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