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Archuleta Democrats host speakers at Arboles picnic

The Archuleta County Democratic Party held its first annual Arboles Picnic on Saturday, May 15.

Featured were comments from local candidates and office holders concerning the just-finished state legislative session and the upcoming elections.

State Sen. Bruce Whitehead, finishing as co-chair of the Ag and Natural Resources Committee and candidate for Senate District 6, summarized the bills that he carried and the issues involved with them, including the clean air clean jobs bill, reducing late fees for vehicle registrations, new renewable energy standards and jobs retraining accounts.

Brian O’Donnell, candidate for House District 58, underscored the need for economic development for small business to support the families of the district, while improving the quality of natural resources and environment.

Fred Uehling, candidate for County Assessor (represented by his wife, Annette) stressed the need for professionally qualified and trained leadership and staff to enable fair, reliable and transparent assessments.

Michael Whiting, independent candidate for county commissioner, stressed that this election is about who has the skills, energy and ideas to get Archuleta County back to work; about retaining and attracting businesses and business people, and creating good job opportunities.

Clifford Lucero, county commissioner, emphasized the need for continued citizen input in county issues, citing the input on the Village at Wolf Creek as critical to informing his position advocating an administrative land exchange process for the proposed development.