Peggy Long announces candidacy for county commissioner |

Peggy Long announces candidacy for county commissioner

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SUMMIT COUNTY ” More than two dozen local Republicans gathered on the courthouse steps in Breckenridge Thursday to cheer when Peggy Long announced her candidacy for the Summit County Board of County Commissioners.

Summit County Sheriff John Minor introduced the longtime SIlverthorne resident.

“I can think of no better person to bring some common sense to the county government,” he said. “She truly is a blue collar girl with a blue collar heart.”

Long, a Republican, will seek to replace her husband, Tom, who is term-limited, as the District 3 representative on the county’s executive body in November.

A Summit County resident since 1975, Long runs her own accounting business and has served on the Silverthorne Town Council for the past seven years. During her tenure in town government, her areas of focus have includedmental health and social services for youth and families.

The desire to find solutions to local problems caused by a transient population ” with its lack of extended family networks and year-round economic stability ” is one reason Long gives for deciding to run.

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“Summit County is my home,” she said. “Whatever affects my community affects my family and I want to ensure that we have a good, wholesome place to live.”

If elected, Long insists that she will not be a mere carbon copy of her husband as commissioner.

“People who know me, know that I think for myself,” she said. “I am not just a rubber stamp.”

Although the District 3 Commissioner must live in the district – which includes Silverthorne, Heeney, and most of Dillon Valley, he or she will be elected by the entire county. So far, no other candidate for the seat from either party has entered the race.

Summit County Republican Chairman Debra Irvin said Long’s name kept coming up during the party’s extensive search for a candidate, and her record of public service spoke for itself.

“Peggy Long has been an asset to Summit County for many years,” she said. “She has always kept the best interest of our community in the forefront.”