Sallie Clark enters District 3 commissioner race
Westsider Sallie Clark has decided to run for county commissioner.
She is a bed-and-breakfast owner and former City Council member who has long been active in community affairs.
The seat would be Commissioner District 3, currently held by Cheyenne-area resident Chuck Brown. He is term-limited after 12 years on the board, so he can’t run again.
“The time is right to run,” Clark said in an interview with the Westside Pioneer. “We’re at an important crossroads for the county.”
Westside issues she expects to address, if elected, include the “future and viability” of the Penrose Equestrian Center, the increasing cost of leasing the 640-acre Section 16 from the state for open space and dealing with any fallout from planned state expansions of Highway 24.
Her announced opponents so far are Michael Kazmierski and John Gloriod, both of whom live in the Cheyenne area. They, like Clark, are Republicans.
The district encompasses the Westside, Manitou Springs, Cheyenne, Rockrimmon and the downtown and just-east-of-downtown areas.
Clark was on City Council from 2000-2002. On the Westside, she has been active for years with the Organization of Westside Neighbors and the Old Colorado City Historical Society and led a fight in the 1990s to save a Westside fire station from the city chopping block.
General county issues she sees are cementing relations between city and county government, partly toward the goal of eliminating service duplications; addressing water issues, particularly the uncertain future of well water; finding ways to fulfill growing road and transit needs; and building the kind of public trust that could persuade people to vote for county tax increases for specific projects.
She thinks her experience with the city will be a useful ingredient, as will her philosophy of “trying to find the middle ground” on controversial matters. “I listen to both sides,” she said. “Sometimes you have to make hard decisions. There are always going to be people mad at you.”
A key thing to remember in dealing with the county budget is that “it’s the taxpayers’ money,” Clark said. “We need to treat them with respect.”
The “honorary chairman” of Clark’s campaign is former Colorado Springs Mayor Robert Isaac.
Upcoming dates leading up to the Nov. 2 election are April 13 (party caucuses), May 1 (county assembly) and Aug. 10 (primary election).
Contacted by the Pioneer, Brown said he is not yet ready to endorse anyone to be his successor. “I have my leanings, but I can’t reveal those,” he said. “There’s a little time yet for candidates to come forward.”
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