TELLURIDE - San Miguel County Commissioner Joan May this week formally announced her candidacy for a third term as commissioner. May is currently serving her eighth year as commissioner.
May said she hopes to continue focusing on regional economic sustainability and greenhouse emission reductions across the county, as her most important focus. The county government, she said, has reduced its energy use significantly since she was first elected as commissioner.
“We’ve made significant strides in these areas,” May said. “These remain my highest priorities if I’m elected to a third term,”
Reflecting upon her eight years in office, May said she is proud for helping the county through the throes of the Great Recession.
“The county has reduced [its] budgets and become more efficient without drastically reducing our services, all while being sensitive to our employees… I’m proud of the work I’ve led and participated in with the Regional Economic Futures Task Force; we engaged wide participation in the region in planning for a more sustainable economic future.”
Of all the aspects of being a county commissioner, May said she most enjoys hearing a wide array of ideas and thoughts from the county’s various communities: she likes the challenge of being informed enough about a wide variety of issues to effectively make decisions.
“I enjoy thinking regionally and collaborating as much as possible on solving community-wide issues,” she said. “I am honored to work for the citizens of San Miguel County. By and large my fellow citizens are engaged and civic-minded, and are working toward thoughtful solutions to tricky issues.
“It’s fun to be a part of that.”