Steamboat Springs South Routt School Board President Tim Corrigan on Wednesday became the first Democrat to enter the race to succeed Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak.
Addressing a group of 24 supporters gathered in front of the Routt County Courthouse in downtown Steamboat Springs, Corrigan, a drywall, ceiling and metal studs contractor from Yampa, said his nine years of experience as a School Board member and 27 years of experience as a small-business owner in the Yampa Valley have prepared him for another level of public service.
“I’m running because I love Routt County,” Corrigan said. “I have a vision for Routt County where all of our children and grandchildren will have great jobs, first-rate educations and live in a healthy environment.”
He told supporters he understands the challenges small-business owners face in a stagnant economy and said that as commissioner for District 1, he would work to support them “in any way I can.”
Corrigan, 58, and his wife, Donna, moved to Routt County in 1981. They have four children. Corrigan was elected to the South Routt School Board in 2003 and was named board president in 2006.
As a member of the School Board, Corrigan said he led the effort to build the South Routt Early Learning Center, which opened to preschool students in 2008.
“One of the things I think will be a point of focus for me as commissioner would be to really try to fill Nancy’s shoes on early education and human services,” Corrigan said after the announcement ceremony. “I think she has done a great job there, and somebody is going to need to pick that ball up.”
Corrigan also is a founding member of the South Routt Education Endowment Fund, which aims to raise $1 million for the Soroco School District by the end of the year.
Corrigan said Wednesday that he has no plans to step down from the School Board while he runs for county commissioner, and he has not yet decided whether he would leave the board if he is elected to the county’s governing board.
“I have spoken with all my fellow board members, and they all agreed I should continue to serve as president unless some conflict of interest may arise,” he said.
Catherine Carson, chairwoman of the Routt County Democratic Party, said she expects at least one other Democrat to join the District 1 race this month.
“This is exciting to have a candidate with such a depth of experience,” Carson said about Corrigan. “He has accomplished so much for the community.”
Carson said her party will meet in caucuses March 4 to vote in a straw poll of the candidates. The candidates then will learn whether they make the primary ballot at Routt County Democratic Party’s assembly in Steamboat Springs on March 31.
Three Republican candidates already have declared their intention to run for Stahoviak’s District 1 seat. They are Moose Barrows, Brita Horn and Tony Stich. Stahoviak is a Republican who is stepping down at the end of her current term after almost 20 years in office.
Doug Monger to seek re-election
Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger, a Democrat, said Wednesday that he will seek re-election for his District 2 seat. In a news release, Monger said his goals for another term would include strengthening the county’s relationship with other governmental entities; re-evaluating the land-use code, particularly as it relates to oil and gas development; and improving road infrastructure, including Routt County Road 14. No other candidates have announced their intention to run for Monger’s District 2 seat.
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