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Johnson considering run for Pitkin County commissioner seat

Janet Urquhart
The Aspen Times
Aspen, Co Colorado
Jack Johnson

ASPEN – Former Aspen City Councilman Jack Johnson is considering a bid for the Pitkin County commissioner’s seat in District 1, where incumbent Patti Clapper faces term limits and cannot seek re-election in November.

“I need to decide if I have anything to offer as an elected official,” said Johnson, a Democrat and resident of the district. “I think I’m going to give it another week of serious consideration and then make an announcement.”

Johnson, 45, served one term on the City Council, from June 2005 to June 2009, losing a re-election bid.

Lately, he has been sitting in at meetings of the commissioners, working on his latest knitting project from a seat in the audience.

“I used to go to City Council meetings for the hell of it,” he said. “The more I sat at those meetings, the more interested I became and I realized I had something to say.”

Johnson said he probably wouldn’t consider running if Clapper’s seat wasn’t opening up. An open seat doesn’t happen often, and it deserves consideration, he said. Clapper is finishing her third four-year term.

“I generally think our county commissioners are doing a good job,” Johnson added.

Commissioner Rachel Richards’ seat in District 2 is also up for election in November. She can seek re-election.

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