Tom Long, Republican, District 3 Summit County Commissioner
District 3 Summit County Commissioner
Summit County Commissioner Tom Long wants voters to elect him for his third and final term as one of the county’s top officials. He is running unopposed in the Nov. 2 general election.The District 3 commissioner from Silverthorne said he wants a third term to continue work on critical open space purchases, several in the Lower Blue, and to keep vigilance on water in the face of greater Front Range demand for the Western Slope’s resource.
Summit County Commissioner Tom Long wants voters to elect him for his third and final term as one of the county’s top officials. He is running unopposed in the Nov. 2 general election.The District 3 commissioner from Silverthorne said he wants a third term to continue work on critical open space purchases, several in the Lower Blue, and to keep vigilance on water in the face of greater Front Range demand for the Western Slope’s resource.Long is a Republican who comes from ranching stock. He is the rare person of the baby boom generation who was born and raised in the county.While he represents Silverthorne and the Lower Blue Basin, commissioners are elected at large.In March, Long did the expected when he formally announced his campaign.The first words he spoke were about open space.The county has preserved thousands of acres of open space during Long’s eight-year tenure. He said he wants to make sure the complicated B&B Mines open space purchase goes smoothly and he has hopes for acreage eyed in his part of the county north of Silverthorne.Former county administrator Dori Webb, who worked with Long before moving to her current position at Keystone, said she supports Long’s candidacy.”Having a commissioner who is so involved in water issues is a huge asset to the county government and for the people who live in unincorporated Summit County,” Webb said. “It’s so important to have someone on the river district board who knows what he’s talking about.”Long is Summit County’s representative to the Colorado River Water Conservation District board. He knows many of the big water players in Colorado and he updates fellow commissioners every week on statewide water issues.Water buffaloes through the state consider him a force to be reckoned with.Although Long is a Republican, he defies conventional party wisdom by taking part in a state global warming committee being organized by Stephen Sanders, a former cabinet member of President Bill Clinton.”There’s probably something to it (global warming). The committee will involve business leaders and will work to make people aware of global warming issues,” Long said. “They say precipitation patterns are changing the way and the amount of moisture that comes. This has tremendous implications for Summit County.”Long also wants to see a wildfire mitigation program succeed in the county, of which almost 80 percent of the land is overseen by the U.S. Forest Service.Like his fellow commissioners, Long is concerned about how much longer the landfill between Keystone and Summit Cove will last.He wants to help make sure the county moves to adopt the Summit Recycling Program and builds a recycling processing plant at the landfill to make the landfill last as long as possible.Long is proud of the county’s successful efforts to bring a new hospital to the county, after 30 years of trying. If re-elected, he said, he would make sure the community care clinic would be included at the new medical campus at the County Commons.During critical hospital negotiations with St. Anthony’s/ Centura, Long made sure that somewhere on the campus, local patients could find the reproductive services they would need.Another effort that Long wants more time to pursue is a future fairgrounds building for county events.Like fellow incumbent commissioner candidate Bill Wallace, a Democrat, Long wants to make sure the property tax dollars that voters renewed last fall will go toward other efforts that were promised by county officials, including the community care clinic relocation, additional water supplies, open space and recycling.
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