Linman to face Martin for Garfield commissioner seat
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Longtime Glenwood Springs teacher, co-founder of Yampah Mountain High School and former Roaring Fork Re-1 school board member Sonja Linman will challenge John Martin for the District 2 Garfield County commissioner seat in November.
Linman, a 23-year resident of Garfield County and currently an eighth grade writing teacher at Glenwood Springs Middle School, recently earned the Garfield County Democratic Party’s nod to run for commissioner.
The Glenwood Springs resident formally filed late last week as a candidate for the District 2 seat that has been held by Martin since 1997. Martin, a Republican, currently serves as chair of the three-member Board of County Commissioners.
“It has been my privilege to serve the families, children and communities of Garfield County for 23 years,” Linman said in a prepared statement announcing her candidacy.
“I carry deep respect for diverse perspectives, and the ethical process necessary to provide truly representative government for our communities,” she said.
Linman graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a BS in Education. She moved to Glenwood Springs in 1989 to help found Yampah Mountain School, a cooperative alternative high school that serves the three school districts in Garfield County.
In 2006, Linman was appointed to the Roaring Fork Re-1 school board. She later became program officer for the Aspen Community Foundation before returning to the classroom at GSMS last year.
Linman also has a master’s degree in education, and a current Colorado State Addictions Counseling license. She completed her Educational Leadership Administration program in 2011, concentrating on management and staffing, policy development, and fiscal responsibility.
Garfield County Democratic Party Chairman Jack Real said he believes Linman will be a “wonderful candidate and will make a great commissioner.”
“She has been in the community for years, and has done a lot of good things in education, is familiar with budgeting, and is an outgoing person who cares about others and cares about the community,” Real said.
Garfield County Commissioner District 2 includes the north part of Glenwood Springs and areas west, including New Castle and Silt. Commissioner seats are elected countywide, however.
Garfield County voters will also decide on the District 3 seat in the November election. Democrat Aleks Briedis of Rifle will face incumbent Republican Mike Samson for that seat.
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