Tom Castrigno, Green, candidate for District 2 Summit County Commissioner
District 2 Summit County commissioner
Incumbant Democrat Bill Wallace
Tom Castrigno owns The Mobile Chef. He also works as a substitute teacher for the Summit County School District and has taught at Colorado Mountain College.
His wife, Kathy Castrigno, is using her masters of science degree in oriental medicine at her recently opened business, Mountain Rose Oriental Medicine.
“The emerging alternative health-care practices in Summit County is one example of a regional resource that could get us away from a reliance on fluctuating tourism,” Castrigno said. “Instead of relying on discretionary income, like people deciding whether to go to the beach or come skiing, they’d increasingly come here for health reasons.”
In April, there were 176 registered Green Party voters in Summit County. The last Green candidate to challenge a commissioner, Justin McCarthy, secured 37 percent of the vote in the 2002 election against the winning candidate, Commissioner Gary Lindstrom, according to Doug Malkan, Green Party spokesman.
“Tom is older than Justin, who was 29 at the time,” Malkan said. “The Summit County Greens came to a consensus to nominate Tom, who has been around the area for 17 years.”
Green candidate Tom Castrigno secured the Summit County Green Party nomination at the Green county caucus this spring.
Tom Castrigno won Green voters’ support emphasizing his knowledge on affordable housing, sustainable economic local policy, biodiesel and entrepreneurial environmental policy.
“Having lived in Summit County for 17 years, I recognize the unique needs of a resort community,” Castrigno said. “The issues of tourism, natural resources, child care, housing and sound fiscal policy are important to Summit County residents.”
Castrigno agrees with Wallace about how to spend the tax that Summit County voters continued for open space, water supplies, recycling and the community care clinic.
However, Castrigno has different ideas on the government’s constant struggle for tax dollars to support its operations and services. The Summit Foundation is doing it right, Castrigno said, operating from investments earned from a large endowment. Summit County could save between .5 percent and 2 percent of its budget every year to build such a reserve.
“This isn’t the first budget crunch and it won’t be the last; we need to think further ahead,” Castrigno said. “I’m in a position where I can do work that I enjoy, not because I have to work. I’d like to see all citizens in Summit County move toward that position.”
If elected, Castrigno said he would work with the Summit Housing Authority on sustainable revenues for operations. He said his plan would help first-time home buyers and renters.
“Government needs to take a longer-term vision,” Castrigno said. “I mean, how old is Summit County? What if they thought long term 100 years ago?”
Growth planning should be done long term also, Castrigno said. But growth planning would not be such an issue if governments weren’t so reliant on fluctuating sales tax levels, he said.
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