Martin, Samson to seek re-election to Garfield County board |

Martin, Samson to seek re-election to Garfield County board

John Stroud
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Garfield County commissioners John Martin of Glenwood Springs and Mike Samson of Rifle plan to seek re-election to the Board of County Commissioners in the fall.

The incumbent commissioners, both Republicans, confirmed their intentions Monday. The 2012 election process officially kicks off this evening with the statewide GOP caucuses.

Two of the three seats on the Garfield BOCC are up for election in November. All three seats are currently held by Republicans.

Martin, 63, will be seeking his fifth term on the county board. He represents Commissioner District 2, which includes the eastern and northern sections of Glenwood Springs, plus New Castle and Silt.

Samson, 57, the current District 3 commissioner, will be seeking his second term as county commissioner. District 3 includes the Rifle, Parachute and Battlement Mesa communities.

Martin pointed out that nothing’s decided until after county Republicans complete their nomination process later this spring.

However, no other Republican challengers have emerged to run for either seat at this early stage in the political game.

Garfield County Democrats also have yet to put forward any candidates to challenge the incumbent commissioners in the November general election. Democrats begin their nominating process next month.

“I will be running to make sure we continue on the course of smaller government and less taxation,” said Martin, who last won re-election in 2008 over Democratic rival and current Glenwood Springs City Councilman Stephen Bershenyi.

Martin emphasized working to engage the various communities in Garfield County and other government agencies in seeking solutions to common issues.

“I also would like to work to increase understanding within state and federal government on what the function of county government is,” Martin said.

Samson first won election over Democratic challenger Steven Carter four years ago.

“I believe there is a lot of work to be done still, and with the experience I have gained I feel I can continue to do a good job for the citizens of Garfield County,” he said.

Samson cited the ongoing process to revamp the Garfield County land-use codes, and seeking out partners in economic development, as issues he wants to continue to focus on.

“Those are two issues that come to mind immediately, that I want to help foster through to completion,” he said.

The third commissioner seat is held by District 1 Commissioner Tom Jankovsky, who was elected in 2010. His seat is not up until 2014.

The only other local office up for election this year is that of 9th Judicial District Attorney. Incumbent Martin Beeson of Rifle, also a Republican, has announced his plans to seek re-election as well. The 9th District include Garfield, Pitkin and Rio Blanco counties.

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