Snafu sidelines Sturges candidacy |

Snafu sidelines Sturges candidacy

by Heather McGregor
GSPI Managing Editor

The seven-day campaign of David Sturges for Garfield County commissioner ended Tuesday when Sturges discovered his home is not in the right district.

“I’m fine, but I’m out,” he said.

Sturges announced his plan on March 17 to run as a Republican for Commissioner District No. 2. He was set to challenge two-term incumbent Commissioner John Martin for the Republican nomination.

Former Glenwood Springs city councilman Greg Jeung is the sole Democrat to announce for the race.

But on Monday, Sturges began to worry that he might not live in District No. 2. On Tuesday, he went to the Garfield County Clerk and Recorder’s office to double-check, and learned that his Riverview Drive home is in District No. 1.

That seat is held by Democrat Tresi Houpt, and is not up for election this year.

The boundary between the two districts runs along Midland Avenue near Sturges’ home.

“I probably missed it by 25 to 30 feet,” Sturges said Tuesday.

A retired attorney, Sturges, 63, is now a private consultant on strategic planning, mediation and facilitation. He also serves on the Glenwood Springs Planning and Zoning Commission. This would have been his first try at elected office.

Sturges said he didn’t raise any money during his week as a candidate.

“But I spent $120 of my own money getting a registered voters list,” he said.

Contact Heather McGregor: 945-8515, ext. 517

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