Latest News – January 11

Mudge, Glenn Sworn In To New County Leadership

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I Swear: New Lake County officials were sworn into office in Leadville yesterday, January 10. From left top right: Lake County Commissioner Mark Glenn, Commissioner Dolores Semsack, Lake County Judge Jonathan Shamis, Commissioner Sarah Mudge. Photo: Leadville Today/Brennan Ruegg.

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Leadville Today Political Round Up Report

As Colorado lawmakers get back to work today with the official opening of the 2017 Legislative Session, newly sworn in Lake County officials start their first day on the job in Leadville Today. 

Yesterday, Mark Glenn and Sarah Mudge were sworn into their new positions on the Board of County Commissioners, joining Commissioner Dolores Semsack who is serving her second term at the courthouse.

While Mudge ran unopposed, Glenn (R) fought a tough battle in District 3, but in the end won on the promise of bringing some balance back to the county perspective. In recent years, the pinpoint focus on youth and recreation has left other local populations feeling disenfranchised, particularly Lake County’s senior citizens.

The Leadville/Lake County Senior Center is located at 621 W. 6th Street. The building was originally brought down from Climax and has seen little in the way of maintenance and repairs in years. It sits adjacent to the new million dollar skate board park and new $380,000 ice skate warming hut.

The Leadville/Lake County Senior Center is located at 621 W. 6th Street. The building was originally brought down from Climax in the 1960s and has seen little in the way of maintenance and repairs for years. It sits adjacent to the new million dollar skate board park and $380,000 ice skate warming hut. Photo: Leadville Today.

“It’s time to make our community whole again,” one attendee at yesterday’s swearing-in ceremony was overheard to say.

Other concerns among residents which have been trending on Leadville Today’s social media platforms focus on the grant monies that has been brought into Lake County in recent years.

“People think that it’s free money, but it costs us and because of the way its cycled through various non-profits around town there is little accountability to the expenditures,” expressed one resident. “It’s created a culture where the people we elected are not making the decisions, they don’t seem to be the ones making the decisions about where the money goes. They simply sign off.”

But after more than a week of heavy snow, the simple concept of governance is in full focus. After all, at the very least, residents deserve good managers on the BOCC: Make sure that residents are safe, take care of the roads, and be a representative for ALL the people who live here.

Mark Glenn, the new Lake County Commissioner for District 3 is sworn into office by recently re-elected Lake County Judge Jonathan Shamis. Photo: Leadville Today/Kathy Bedell

Mark Glenn, Lake County Commissioner for District 3 is sworn into office on January 10 by recently re-elected Lake County Judge Jonathan Shamis. Photo: Leadville Today/Kathy Bedell

As always, only time will tell. But one thing is for sure, Lake County residents are more tuned in than ever to see whether the promises made on the campaign trail meet the rubber on the road.

Meanwhile at the  Colorado capitol, gears are already back in motion with the official kick-off today of the 71st Colorado General Assembly in Denver. Already this week, a number of Senate and House Committees have met to make new assignments, discuss the future of the state, deliberate legislation, and provide executive branch oversight. Committee determinations include budget, agriculture, education, business, and many other facets of governance.

Lake County looks to State Representative Millie Hamner (D) and State Senator Kerry Donovan, who represent House District 61 and Senate District 5 respectively.

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House Representative Millie Hamner.

Representative Hamner pledges as she did while campaigning for re-election in Leadville to address healthcare costs in Western Colorado, to protect the state’s natural resources, and to balance the state budget. Click here to connect to Rep. Hamner’s official website.

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Colorado Senator Kerry Donovan

State Senator Kerry Donovan sits on the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy Committee as well as the Local Government Committee.

“I will be a fierce voice for protecting and making sure our public lands stay public,” said Sen. Donovan in an interview with Aspen Public Radio on December 2. Click here to listen as Kerry Donovan speaks about her goals for 2017.

As the political net is cast even wider, all eyes will be on Washington, D.C. as the highest office in the land sees a transition of power with President-elect Donal Trump preparing to take the oath of office on January 20. And while on the national platform it’s a time of change, for Coloradans, representation has not shifted, with United States Senators Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet (D), and U.S. Representative Scott R. Tipton ready 2017 Legislative Session. All have consistent information provided on their official websites.

So that’s the political view, from the mountain top to the highest office in the land. As always, your opinions are welcome here and hopefully, to all those who represent the people that live in Leadville Today.

 

 

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