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True considers another run

Jim True, a former Pitkin County commissioner.

James R. True figures Pitkin County voters don’t mind a rerun, as long as it’s good.The Aspen attorney is considering running for Pitkin County commissioner in 2006. If he runs and wins, he would return to the board a decade after term limits forced him off.True served as county commissioner from 1988 to 1996, when term limits forced him to take at least a two-year hiatus. He confirmed Tuesday he is considering running in November 2006 for the seat held by Mick Ireland.

“I have been asked by a number of people to consider running because Mick’s seat is up,” True said. “I am considering it.”True has proved formidable in prior elections. He ran as a Democrat in 1988 and beat incumbent George Madsen by a comfortable margin. He easily withstood a challenge from Scott Writer in 1992.He was a leading proponent for rural and remote zoning, which limits development in the backcountry. Foes of that downzoning tried but failed to gather enough signatures to force a recall election against him and other commissioners for enacting the legislation.True said he has stayed aware of top issues facing the county even though he’s been out of office for nine years. He has served as the Pitkin County hearings officer for the last five years. In that position he considers if development applications comply with the county land-use code.

True said he has remained active in civic endeavors such as the board of directors of GrassRoots Television and various school and youth sports issues.Many of the same issues exist now that did when he was in office, such as transportation problems, lack of affordable housing and growth, he noted. True said he likes the direction the current county commissioners are going and feels he would fit in well on the board.He represented District 3 when he served before. Term limits required him to stay off the board for two years after he completed his second term. Now he is eligible to run again from any district.

Since serving, True has moved his place of residence. He is now living in District 2. Ireland must vacate the seat from that district because of term limits.True said it is too early to declare candidacy because the election is 14 months away. He was addressing his possible candidacy now only because rumors had already circulated that he might run, he said.”We’re a number of months away before any decisions have to be made,” he said. The timing might be depend on procedural deadlines required to try to get the Democratic Party’s designation in the election.Scott Condon’s e-mail address is scondon@aspentimes.com