Paula Stepp announces campaign for county commissioner
Paula Stepp announced Thursday she will run for the open Garfield County Commissioner seat, and her campaign will kickoff Friday with a tour to the county’s major municipalities.
“It’s important — and symbolic — to begin my campaign in person, in each town, giving voters a chance to get acquainted with me and my platform,” Stepp said in the news release. “I will offer a clear, new alternative to the current board of commissioners.”
For the past six years, Stepp worked as an associate publisher for Big Stone Publishing in Carbondale. The Democrat previously has worked at El Jebel Tree Farm with the White River National Forest, for various newspapers and for Climbing magazine.
“(Stepp) built partnerships over time, with commitment, integrity, trust and creativity,” according to the release. “These values will be the cornerstone of building relationships between Garfield County and county municipalities, agencies, non-profits and regional organizations.”
Stepp will be running against current commissioner Tom Jankovsky, a Republican who is serving his second term.
Jankovsky said he was expecting to have an opponent and while he doesn’t know Stepp well, he’s confident she will be a great opponent despite what philosophical differences the two may have.
He said there are a number of things he still wants to get done as commissioner, but two that stand out are to finish greater sage-grouse mapping in Garfield County and to continue to do work on public lands.
Jankovsky is also the general manager of Sunlight Mountain Resort.