Saguache News – Candidates Forum

Candidates Forum Draw Good Crowds, Questions

On May 23, a committee from Indivisible Crestone/Baca Grande hosted a Candidates Forum for the 2018 Saguache County Election. This session, which was held at the Saguache County Road and Bridge meeting room was one of three gatherings that the organization coordinated, giving residents a chance to meet the citizens interested in representing them, and ask some questions.

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It was a standing room only crowd at the May 23 Candidates Forum held in Saguache and sponsored by Indivisible Crestone/ Baca Grande. Up for grabs are SIX county offices. Do you know your candidates? Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

Barb Tidd from Indivisible acted as emcee for the evening’s forum, which introduced the candidates for SIX county offices which are up for election this November 2018. Two of those positions – the Coroner and Treasurer – have candidates who are incumbents and running unopposed.

One of those positions – Saguache County Assessor, – will see an end to the campaign trail after this month’s Primary Election on June 26, as the only two candidates are Democrats and their race will be determined then. The other three elected positions – Sheriff, Clerk & Recorder and Commissioner, District Three – will campaign until the polls close on November 6, 2018. 

The thick field of competitors indicates the heavyweight of issues currently facing Saguache County, from the marijuana industry to ongoing water challenges to funding for schools, transportation, and an aging population. There’s a lot at risk and a lot on the plate.

Saguache Today was at the Candidates Forum to film the event, providing voters a chance to see the candidates themselves, to find out who they are. Where do they stand on the issues? How do they answer the questions concerning the issues of the day, all the while, demonstrating their leadership style – on camera! So get ready for your close-up, it’s the Saguache Today Election 2018 report.

First, a big thank you to the Indivisible. It’s no easy task getting people together for one forum, much less three at various point throughout the county. Second, kudos to the candidates. It’s no easy task running for public office, especially in today’s political climate, so thanks for being willing to serve and going through the campaign process. Win or lose, you’ll never be the same. And finally, thanks to the voters for showing up. It was a standing room only crowd for this forum; folks are paying attention and that momentum will only grow as the Tuesday, Nov. 6 Election day draws closer.

Saguache County Coroner

There is only one candidate for this position and it’s incumbent Tom Perrin. Unfortunately, Perrin could not attend this Candidates Forum. For readers who may not know, the Office of the Saguache County Coroner is responsible for investigating any death that does not occur from natural causes, including a death while a person is in custody or within 24 hours of being admitted to a hospital, as well as all fatal traffic deaths, homicides, and suicides. The Coroner and his staff of medico-legal investigators work closely with law enforcement agencies and are on-call 24 hours a day.

Saguache County Treasurer

There is only one candidate for this position and it’s incumbent Connie Trujillo, who has held the office for 26 years. Trujillo was able to attend the Candidates Forum and in this video, she provides an introduction of her experience and qualifications for the job, as well as answers questions from the audience.

Saguache County Assessor

There are two candidates for Saguache County Assessor: Incumbent Peter Peterson and challenger Rhiannon Curry. Both are Democrats so this election will be determined in the Primary Election which will be held this month on Tuesday, June 26. In this video, both candidates provide opening statements regarding their background and qualification for the position, as well as answer questions from voters.

Saguache County Clerk and Recorder

There are two candidates for Saguache County Clerk & Recorder: Incumbent Trish Gilbert (R) and challenger Renee Hazard (D). Since both parties are represented, with no other opponents, these two women will be discussing the issues and campaigning until November. Get to know who they are and where they stand in the issues in this Saguache Today video from the May 23 Candidates Forum. 

Saguache County Sheriff 

There are two candidates for Saguache County Sheriff: Incumbent Dan Warwick (R) and challenger Nobel Havens (D). With both parties, major parties being represented, expect to see this race heat up as law enforcement issues take center stage for the 2018 Election in Saguache County. In this Saguache Today video, introduce yourself to the candidates and where they stand on everything from illegal grows, to the opioid epidemic. to the need for a new jail. Will there be a “new sheriff in town?”

Saguache County Commissioner, District Three

There are four candidates for Saguache County Commissioner, District Three: Incumbent Tim Lovato (D), and challengers Ellen Cox (R), and two unaffiliated candidates Terry Gillette and Lisa Rosen.  It should be noted that the unaffiliated participants are not technically “candidates” until their nomination petitions have been deemed sufficient by the County Clerk on August 2. However, both unaffiliated candidates indicated they would not have any issues in meeting those requirements. So, it sounds like it will be the Fab Four until the November Election. Find out who they are and where they stand on the issues in this Saguache Today video from the Candidates Forum.

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