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Prior to seek fourth term as county assessor

Archuleta County Assessor Keren Prior has announced her intent to run for a fourth term in the office.

“I know the job. I think at this point, the citizens of Archuleta County can’t afford the price tag that comes with inexperience,” Prior said of deciding to run again.

“I’ve crossed some major hurdles in the last 11 years with the great Web site we’ve got and replacing the 25-year-old software with a new system.”

As for her goals for her possible fourth term, Prior, a Republican, said, “I think it is just perfecting on the conversion that we had, trying to improve upon that.”

She continued, adding, “It’s a continual process. You just lead into the next year doing the things that you didn’t have the money or the time for the year before and work toward that.”

Prior noted that she has a background in real estate and appraising (serving as an expert witness), as well as being a Certified Residential Appraiser, and continues to receive education through her certification and leadership programs to use in her role as assessor.

Prior served as chairman of the State Board of Real Estate Appraisers until 2008, having been appointed to the board by two different governors. She also was appointed by the governor to the 6th Judicial District Nominating Commission to choose a new state Supreme Court justice and currently sits on the Colorado Assessor’s Association Legislative Committee.