Sturges, Jeung running for BOCC |

Sturges, Jeung running for BOCC

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Two Glenwood Springs men announced on Wednesday their intentions to challenge John Martin for the District 2 Garfield Board of County Commissioners seat.

Former Glenwood Springs City Councilman Greg Jeung, 46, a Democrat, and current Glenwood Springs Planning and Zoning Commission member Dave Sturges, 62, a Republican, threw their hats in the ring to vie for Martin’s commission seat.

“Get your running shoes on, boys,” Martin said of his opponents. “Let’s talk about the issues and serve the 49,000 people we’re responsible for.”

Dave Sturges

Sturges, like Martin, is running as a Republican this fall, but only one of the two candidates will remain on the ballot by the Nov. 2 election. Sturges announced his candidacy at a Garfield County Republicans lunch at the Buffalo Valley restaurant on Wednesday.

A retired attorney who now runs his own consulting business, Sturges gave some insight as to why he’s running for the County Commission seat.

“I think I’ve got something to offer based on my experience and background,” he said.

Along with serving on the planning commission, Sturges also serves on the Two Rivers Community Foundation Board and chairs the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority Citizens Advisory Committee. He is a longtime Rotary Club member and will serve as president of the club next year.

Sturges sees the county’s finances, oil and gas development and land use as the biggest issues facing the county.

“They’re not easy problems,” he said.

Greg Jeung

Jeung proclaimed his aspirations to be a commissioner during a press conference at the city-county plaza in Glenwood Springs Wednesday afternoon.

“I’m here to validate the small-town buzz,” he told the crowd of about 30 people. “I believe it’s important that voters have a choice.

“On a beautiful spring day like this it’s time for fresh starts,” he said.

Jeung said if elected, he’ll push for better cooperation between Garfield County and local towns and cities.

Jeung is a 25-year resident of Glenwood Springs who served on City Council from 1991 to 1999. He has also served on the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission, the Colorado Mountain College Community Advisory Board and the board that used to oversee the Tri-Glenwood Triathlon.

He’s also served on the RFTA and Valley Resource Management boards.

“I will listen to, and learn from, the citizens,” he said.

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511

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