Harper, Farris will seek re-election | AspenTimes.com

Harper, Farris will seek re-election

Two of the three Pitkin County commissioners whose terms expire this year announced yesterday that they will seek re-election. The third said she’s considering it.

Commissioners Shellie Roy Harper and Dorothea Farris said they have taken out candidate petitions and are collecting signatures. They are each completing four-year terms and are hoping to return to office for four more years.

Commissioner Leslie Lamont said she’s contemplating a re-election bid. “I haven’t announced anything,” she said.

Candidate petitions must be submitted to the county clerk by June 9. They only require the signatures of 100 voters, so it’s not a step that requires a lot of time, Lamont said. She will decide in June whether or not to seek another term.

Lamont has already taken one step toward a potential candidacy. She secured the Democratic party designation Tuesday night at the party’s county convention. Lamont noted she can still decide not to run and the party could give another candidate its nod.

Farris also received the Democrats’ official designation. She couldn’t attend the convention because she broke her arm this week, but her colleague, Pitkin County Commissioner Mick Ireland, was circulating a candidate petition on her behalf.

Farris and Lamont were the only candidates seeking the party designations.

Harper said she is running as an unaffiliated candidate, as she did four years ago. She joked that there’s already enough to polarize people in Pitkin County without partisan political battles.

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