Stahoviak declares candidacy

From hospital, commissioner says she will seek a fourth term

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As she struggles to recuperate from life-threatening kidney failure and infections, Nancy Stahoviak's goals include walking without assistance, undergoing a double knee-implant replacement surgery to eradicate joint infection -- and securing a fourth term as a Routt County commissioner.

From her hospital room in Denver, Stahoviak said Thursday that she would seek re-election this fall as South Routt County's representative on the board of commissioners.

"There are too many important issues I've worked on for so long that I want to see come to fruition," she said, adding that she was seriously considering a re-election bid before she fell ill and was sent to the hospital Dec. 9.

The chief issues Stahoviak, a Republican, wants to continue working on are the multijurisdictional housing authority, construction of the county's new justice center, work with the First Impressions early child-care initiative and the Purchase of Development Rights program, which will go back to voters for renewal in the next few years.

"I will be the Board of County Commissioners' representative on the multijurisdictional housing authority, and I really want to follow through and see it succeed," she said. "I want to see not just (affordable-housing) projects, but programs develop."

The PDR program promotes conservation of agricultural properties by allowing landowners to sell the development rights to their land while retaining ownership of the property. A 1-mill property tax that funds the PDR program will sunset in 2007, so a proposal to continue it will have to go before voters before 2006; Stahoviak wants to be involved in that effort.

"The program has been really successful, but it took a long time to get off the ground," she said. "Now that it's up and going, we want to make sure it continues."

Although it is unclear how long her recovery will take -- replacing her knee implants may take four more surgeries and intensive physical therapy -- Stahoviak said she remained committed to serving Routt County. While recuperating in Denver, she keeps up on her commissioner's duties through faxes and conference calls to fellow commissioners.

Stahoviak has been involved in Routt County politics since 1983, when she was elected to the Oak Creek Town Board. A year later, she became mayor, and in 1992, she was elected to her first term as a county commissioner. She has been re-elected twice.

Stahoviak is the first person to announce candidacy for the November election. The West Routt County seat on the board of commissioners, now held by Democrat Doug Monger, also is up for election this year.

Party caucuses will be held April 13. People interested in running should call the Routt County Clerk's Office at 870-5556 for information.

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