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Pitkin County commissioner races starting to heat up

Races for the three open seats on the Pitkin County Board of Commissioners this year are beginning to take shape.

The main competition appears to be gathering around Commissioner Michael Owsley’s District 3 seat, according to Kelly McNicholas of the county’s Elections Office. Owsley is nearing the end of his third term on the board and cannot legally run again.

The other two seats up for election are in District 4 and District 5.

In District 4, Commissioner Steve Child is finishing up his first term and has indicated he will run again, McNicholas said. A phone message for Child left Friday was not returned.

In District 5, incumbent Commissioner George Newman already has announced that he will run for a third and final four-year term on the board.

So far, three men — Hawk Greenway, Greg Poschman and Scott Writer — have picked up packets from the Elections Office and are contemplating a run for the District 3 seat.

Greenway, 56, said Friday he’s definitely decided to run. The longtime member of the county Open Space and Trails Board said he’s seeking Democratic endorsements for the position.

“I’ve been bitten by the land-management and conservation bug,” Greenway said. “I’d like to see smart responses to development pressures.”

Greenway, a native of Washington, has called the Roaring Fork Valley home for nearly 20 years and currently lives in Aspen’s East End. Up until June, he was the hut manager for the Alfred A. Braun Hut System, though he quit after breaking his neck in a mountain-bike accident, he said.

Before that, he was a private-jet pilot for a local family, he said.

Greenway is married with two sons, who are 14 and 25.

Poschman, also 56, served for several years on the county Healthy Rivers and Streams Board until last summer when he “termed out,” he said.

“There’s been an incredible influx of people loving our town and our valley to death,” Poschman said. “I’ve been thinking: How can I participate to keep our community strong?”

Poschman was born in Aspen at the old hospital at the base of Red Mountain and grew up in town. He makes a living as a filmmaker and said he’s particularly proud of the Aspen Hall of Fame videos he’s produced. He lives in Brush Creek with his wife and twin 10-year-old daughters.

“I think it’s likely (I’ll run),” he said Friday. “I think I’m probably going to do it.”

Writer didn’t return a phone message Friday.

District 3 is right in the middle of the county and features swaths of territory on both sides of Highway 82.

This year’s primary election will occur June 28, while the general election will take place Nov. 8.

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