Out of Caucus, Two Commissioner Candidates Emerge
by Gus Jarvis
Mar 16, 2012 | 873 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SAN MIGUEL COUNTY – Out of what San Miguel County Democratic Party Chairman Brian Ahern called an “impressive” turn out at last week’s countywide caucuses, one candidate emerged to contest incumbent Green Party candidate Art Goodtimes for the District 3 Commissioner seat while another candidate is contemplating running against incumbent Democratic candidate Elaine Fischer for the county’s District 1 Commissioner seat.

San Miguel County Democrats who participated in the March 6 caucuses at Precincts 1 and 2 (Telluride) and Precincts 4 and 5 (Norwood) passed resolutions nominating Placerville resident Dan Chancellor as a candidate to run against Goodtimes in the county’s Third District.

Meanwhile Democrats participating in Precincts 4 and 5 also passed a resolution supporting Fischer’s reelection to the District 1 seat. According to Ahern, however, Telluride resident Christine McGinley announced her intent to run against Fischer. On Tuesday, McGinley, in an email, said her candidacy for county commissioner is now in question. She just received notification from her landlord that the house she’s living in just sold and she’s now looking for a new home.

“Therefore, running for county commissioner is up in the air, as I am not sure I will be able to find housing in District 1,” McGinley stated in the email. “Stay tuned.”

For the Democratic candidates who are in fact running, Ahern said they will be campaigning to get onto the Democratic ballot at the San Miguel County Democratic Assembly, which will be held at 10 a.m. on March 24 at the San Miguel County Courthouse.

Both Fischer and Goodtimes had previously announced their candidacy for the November Election.

As for Chancellor, he said he’s honored to be nominated by his party to run for the District 3 seat.

“Four of the six precincts drafted a resolution that nominated me,” Chancellor said. “There seems to be a strong sentiment in the party that wants me in there to make some changes. I was really flattered. I have been politically active for most of my life and here in San Miguel County I have stood tall for what I have considered important issues over the years.”

Chancellor’s family has owned property in the county since 1963 and was the first family to buy property in the Fall Creek Subdivision near Placerville. Chancellor has been politically active in the community as well as active with local fire departments. Before he gets into full campaign mode, Chancellor said he is going to do a lot of listening.

“I believe in the basic principles of the Democratic Party and have ideas to move our county forward,” he said. “I am in the process of really finding out what is going on and what the issues are and what needs to be done. I want to represent the citizens of my district in general and the citizens of the county, and rather than do a lot of talking initially, I want to do a lot of listening. Whatever platform I come up with, it will represent what I have heard from citizens.”

If McGinley is able to run for commissioner, Ahern said she and Fischer will compete in the June 26 mail-in primary election. If McGinley doesn’t get 30 percent of the votes in that election, potentially she could still petition to get on the ballot.

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