Monger announces candidacy

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Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger, a fourth-generation Routt County native, rancher and accountant, will run for a second term as county commissioner.

Monger won his first four-year term in 2000, when he took 58 percent of the vote, beating Republican John Shaw and replacing outgoing Commissioner Ben Beall.

Monger's announcement comes just days after Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak, who is struggling to recuperate from life-threatening kidney failure and infections, said she would seek re-election. Stahoviak represents South Routt County as the District 1 representative.

Monger represents West Routt County in the District 2 commissioner's seat and describes himself as a moderate Democrat. Serving another term would give him the chance to finish some of the projects that he has helped start, he said.

"I'm planning on running again and looking forward to finishing ... some of the projects we have in line," Monger said.

That list includes building the new justice center, working on the multi-jurisdictional housing authority, continuing the Yampa Valley Regional Airport expansion, examining zoning and subdivision regulations, and being proactive in applying for Colorado Energy Impact grants, Monger said.

The past four years have been "very successful," he said. He has worked hard to balance the county's economic prosperity with needs of new and longtime county residents, he said.

"Looking back on my (2000) campaign brochure, I think I've done and tried to fulfill the things I wanted to fulfill," Monger said.

During that campaign, Monger ran with the slogan, "Commissioner for all of Routt County."

Representing the entire county, and not just one town or area, has been one of his focuses, he said. "I think I've done a good job of that," he said.

One of the current board's successes has been cooperating and working with other governmental agencies, including the city of Steamboat Springs and the towns of Oak Creek, Hayden and Yampa, he said.

Monger has been involved with the Emerald Mountain Partnership, the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy, the Routt County Open Lands Committee and Routt County's Purchase of Development Rights Board.

He has worked with BMC West and his own accounting business, and is a lifetime rancher who lives and works with his family on a ranch near Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Routt County Commissioner Dan Ellison, who holds the District 3 seat, is not up for re-election until 2006.

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

Commissioners also announced Monday that Stahoviak would be taking over as chairwoman of the board of commissioners this week. Monger was chairwoman of the board during 2003.

The position is rotated among the three commissioners, so each serves as chairperson every three years.

"This is her year to be up, and she has said she would like to do that and continue to move on," Monger said of Stahoviak's decision.

Ellison will be chairman pro tempore, so will fill in as chairman for Stahoviak while she continues to recover.

-- To reach Susan Bacon, call 871-4203

or e-mail sbacon@steamboatpilot.com

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