Sallie Clark to seek third commissioner term

       Sallie Clark has announced that she will seek a third four-year term as District 3 El Paso County commissioner.

Sallie Clark

       A Republican, she is a Westside resident and business owner who served on City Council in 2001-03 and before that was president of the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN).
       “I still have a lot of work to do,” she said, when asked why she'd like to be re-elected. “I want to stay on the job for the people I serve. There are a lot of projects still going on.”
       Regarding the Westside, she mentioned the Cimarron/I-25 interchange replacement, for which she described herself as “a squeaky wheel” that keeps the estimated $90 million traffic-relief project from slipping down the regional priority list. Previously, she led the beautification west of I-25 after the COSMIX widening project and advocated for the Cimarron-Conejos bridge replacement that eventually occurred in 2008. This year, she supported the upgrade project at the county's Dog Park off South 21st Street. She said a project that will take shape in 2012 is a multi-jurisdictional state planning grant she helped obtain, which will detail needs along Colorado Avenue west of 31st Street.
       The election will be in November 2012. The Republican primary will be in August, if at least two candidates from the party get enough support at the county assembly in the spring.
       One Repub-lican so far, Karen Magistrelli, has filed papers to challenge Clark.
       District 3 covers western El Paso County, including the Westside and other parts of Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Green Mountain Falls and unincorporated areas such as Turkey Creek and the southern portion of the Air Force Academy.
       In her eight years as county commissioner, Clark has also worked on a variety of county-wide projects, including televising commissioner meetings, bringing more state funds to the county to address its high rates of child abuse and neglect, improving Fountain Creek, establishing Blodgett Open Space near the Mountain Shadows neighborhood and helping set up a prescription drug program through the National Association of Counties (NaCo).

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