Stone will run again |

Stone will run again

Aspen Times Staff Report

Eagle County Commissioner Tom Stone announced yesterday that he will seek another four-year term in November.

Stone represents the county commissioner district that includes the Roaring Fork Valley portion of Eagle County. The Republican is the dean of the Eagle County commissioners even though he has served for only 3 1/2 years.

During a stop in El Jebel yesterday, Stone said he had been uncertain whether to run for re-election or take the advice of friends who wanted him to run for state representative. He decided in favor of the local office because he said there are still several goals he wants to accomplish.

One of his goals in this part of the county is completion of recreation facilities and the community center/county office building at the Mt. Sopris Tree Farm.

The county is constructing a $2.4 million building in the southeast corner of the tree farm, closest to the El Jebel stoplight. Landscaping and road work boosts the cost of the project to about $3 million, Stone said.

In addition, the county has spent about $800,000 in cash and in-kind services by its public works department on recreational facilities at the tree farm. It rough-graded five ball fields and will complete irrigation and seeding on three of those fields this spring.

Ultimately, county officials hope midvalley residents approve a special taxing district to pay for construction and maintenance of additional recreational facilities.

Stone said it should be obvious from the actions at the tree farm that recreation is an important issue to him.

He is facing a potential challenge for the Republican nomination in the race. Wizard Nemerson, an investigator with the public defender’s office in Eagle County, is also seeking the party nod.

There will be a primary if both candidates receive at least 30 percent of their party’s delegate votes in the Eagle County Republican Assembly in May.

Gerry Sandberg is the only Democrat who has announced he is running for the seat.

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