Newman seeks re-election as Pitkin County commissioner |

Newman seeks re-election as Pitkin County commissioner

Staff report
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO Colorado
George Newman

ASPEN – Pitkin County Commissioner George Newman announced Monday he will seek re-election in District 5.

“The theme I ran on successfully four years ago – preserve, conserve, collaborate – is as relevant today as it was then, and I plan to stay the course,” Newman said in a prepared statement.

Public land, water, the environment, and resort and community issues are all critical to the county’s long-term health, according to Newman, who said he has worked to build consensus on the issues.

Newman, an Emma resident, is finishing his first term in office this year. He acted as the board’s chairman in the second year of his four-year term and, he noted, presided over board deliberations on such issues as the Hidden Gems Wilderness Proposal, the airport runway extension, the open space purchase that led to Sky Mountain Park, and the hiring of a new county manager.

As a commissioner, he also serves on the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority board of directors, the Community Office for Resource Efficiency board and the Nordic Council. He is also a member of Colorado Department of Transportation’s Intermountain Transportation Regional Planning Commission and acts as the board’s liaison to the Bureau of Land Management.

Newman also cited his work in Washington, D.C., where he has met with congressional representatives and their staffs to gain support on local issues, including the prevention of drilling in the Thompson Divide area outside of Carbondale.

Three county commissioner seats are up for election in November, but candidate petitions will be available starting Thursday and are due between April 9 and 20. A primary, if necessary, will take place June 26.

Commissioner Michael Owsley, in District 3, already has indicated he will seek re-election. In District 4, term limits prevent Commissioner Jack Hatfield from seeking another term; there will be no incumbent in the running for that seat.