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Congratulations to Green Party Candidate Art Goodtimes who was elected as San Miguel County Commissioner for the fifth time. 

A poet, freelance writer, basketweaver and potato farmer, Art Goodtimes is completing his fourth term as a San Miguel County Commissioner, one of only a handful of Green Party commissioners currently elected to partisan office in the U.S. He also currently serves as Co-Chair of the state Green Party.

San Miguel County is in the southwestern corner of Colorado, with its county seat in Telluride. The county encompasses a diverse region ranging from the rugged mountain resort communities of Telluride and Mountain Village to the arid ranching communities of the County’s west end, Norwood and Egnar. The county is made up of 1,288.49 square miles, with a population of 29,301 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.

Goodtimes is involved in a number of collaborative processes, including the Burn Canyon Monitoring Task Force, the Alpine Ranger Coalition, and the San Juan Fen Partnership. He was awarded a Practitioner Fellowship in 2010 from the Center for Collaborative Conservation at Colorado State University and is working with the County Open Space and Recreation Department to implement a Payment for Ecosystem Service Pilot Project in the county.

He has served on some 50 boards and commissions over the past 16 years, including chair of the National Association of Counties Gateway Communities Subcommittee, chair of Colorado Counties’ Public Lands Steering Committee, and he was twice appointed to the BLM’s Southwestern Colorado Resource Advisory Council.

He has won awards for his work at bridge-building among diverse constituencies from a number of groups, including the Colorado Weed Management Association, Club 20, Interior Dept., U.S. Forest Service, Encana Corporation, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Telluride Institute, and Sheep Mountain Alliance.

In 2011 he was named Western Slope Poet Laureate at the Karen Chamberlain Poetry Festival in Carbondale.

Read about Art’s candidacy in the Telluride Watch article.

From the Colorado Secretary of State Website as of 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012:

7 of 7 Precincts Reporting
Percent Votes
Kevin Kell (REP)
24.27% 1,000
Dan Chancellor (DEM)
33.37% 1,375
Art Goodtimes (GRN)
42.37% 1,746