Former Routt County Chief Appraiser Nancy Terry will try to make it a three-way race this fall when voters choose a replacement for county assessor Amy Williams.
Republican Dick Klumker of Yampa and current Chief Appraiser Mike Kerrigan, a Democrat, are in the race.
Terry, who is registered as an unaffiliated voter and did not go through the assembly process of either party, must collect the signatures of 115 voters by June 20 to have her name placed on the Nov. 7 ballot.
"I've been getting signatures for the last few days, and I don't think I'll have any problem making the deadline," Terry said.
Terry, currently an appraiser in the private sector, said she would have had to declare a party affiliation by November 2005 to work to get her name on one of the primary ballots. She didn't learn that Williams would not seek a fourth term until February. She said she decided to run after evaluating the two other candidates.
"What my candidacy brings is the knowledge and experience to run the office as well as six years of practical business experience in Routt County communities," Terry said.
She worked in the Assessor's Office for seven years, leaving in May 2000 to join Valuation Consultants in Steamboat Springs. She was a senior appraiser, developing specialties in commercial property, litigation and ranch clientele.
As county assessor, she said she would establish a "more respectful dialogue" between her office and property owners.
"Property owners aren't the enemy, and there can be tension when discussing property values," Terry said. "If you can't listen and respect each other's viewpoints, the system starts to break down, and people lose faith."
A certified general appraiser, she has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Southern Methodist University and an associate's degree in paralegal science from the University of Hawaii. Terry has lived in Steamboat since 1984.
As a young woman, she was a competitive swimmer with the Santa Clara Swim Club and set one world and 14 national records. In Steamboat, she has served on the boards of Discovery Learning Center, Steamboat Youth Hockey Association and the Steamboat Springs Booster Club.