Routt rancher to oppose Taylor for District 8 seat |

Routt rancher to oppose Taylor for District 8 seat

Jay Fetcher

Routt County rancher Jay Fetcher, a Democrat, announced this week that he’ll challenge District 8 state Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs.

Fetcher, a lifelong Routt County resident who lives in Clark, said he’s running on a platform that includes an emphasis on local control, a strong economy, education and land and water protection.

“I think good government comes from political balance,” Fetcher said Thursday. “I feel democracy works better when there are different voices.”

Taylor is seeking a second term as District 8 senator. Prior to winning that seat in 2000, he served two terms as state representative for District 57. He could not be reached for comment Thursday.

District 8 includes Garfield County, along with Routt, Eagle, Jackson, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties.

Fetcher’s qualifications include nine years on the Steamboat Springs School Board. He also was the founder and chairman of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust and was the vice chairman of the 2001 state Reapportionment Committee.

“Education is very important to me. I feel I have a lot of knowledge there,” he said.

Fetcher said if he’s elected, he’ll be accessible to his constituents.

“I promise to have e-mail so people can get in touch with me,” he said, noting that Taylor has no e-mail address.

As for his stance on local control, Fetcher said too many decisions that affect Western Slope residents are made in Denver.

“My feeling is more and more issues are solved at the state level and I think they should be solved at the local level,” Fetcher said. “I feel this is important for the Western Slope.”

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511

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