Montrose County Commissioner

By: Natalie Pallone
By: Natalie Pallone

Montrose County is growing now more than ever, and the candidates running for County Commissioner in District 2 both have ideas on how to control that growth.

Democratic candidate Bob Connor prides himself in having spent time in a number of different occupations. Connor is a retired teacher, he's been in business, has been a member of the school board, has coached up in Canada, Colorado and Texas.

Republican candidate Gary Ellis prides himself in having spent much of his life in law enforcement. He has a total of 37 years in law enforcement.

With the sunset of the County's 1% sales tax both county commissioner candidates know that if elected finding ways to deal with the financial crunch will be difficult. They also agree that uncontrolled growth is a problem.

Connor says one of the first things he will do if elected is adopt a master plan as a guiding document, and find some strategies to enforce growth because once we have a plan that we can follow property values are enhanced and we are protected.

Ellis sees growth as an issue but also say there are many other issues out there . He says there are road and bridge shortages, airport issues, transportation issues, issues with the Sheriff's Office as far as funding. Ellis says the County need to be careful that they don't just focus on the first two and forget the rest.

The term for Montrose County Commissioner is 4 years.

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