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Republicans work to fill BoCC vacancy

This week, the Archuleta County Republican Party announced its intent to replace John Ranson on the Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners.

Ranson announced his resignation from the BoCC last week, citing his family and health as reasons for stepping down.

In a statement submitted to The SUN, Archuleta County Republican Party chair Jim Huffman released the following information in the party’s search for Ranson’s replacement:

The Archuleta County Republican Party extends its best wishes to Commissioner John Ranson who announced his intent to resign his position as the Commissioner of Archuleta County Commissioner District 1 effective April 5, 2011. Commissioner Ranson has done an excellent job serving Archuleta County for the last two and a half years and we thank him for his commitment and dedication to the citizens of Archuleta County.

The Archuleta County Republican Commissioner Vacancy Committee is prepared to meet the necessary statutory requirements in accordance with Colorado State law and State GOP Vacancy Committee guidelines. The Committee has started the process to fill the vacancy created by Commissioner Ranson’s resignation. The Committee is working to make the transition as smooth as possible and will complete the process of replacing Commissioner Ranson by April 15.

People interested in being considered for the position are invited to submit an application packet by e-mail to If e-mail is an issue, call 731-0951. Applicants for the position must have been a legal resident of Archuleta County and a registered Republican for at least a year prior to selection. Applicants must live in Archuleta County Commissioner District 1 (County Precincts 5, 6, and the half of Precinct 2 west of Four Mile Road).

Applicants are requested to provide the following by March 31, 2011.

• Resume.

• Statement of consent to perform both a background check and a credit check.

• Statement of consent to have name published with list of other candidates.

• Statement of commitment to run for County Commissioner in 2012.

• An e-mail address for further communications.

The public is encouraged to submit questions that they would like the Republican Commissioner Vacancy Committee to ask the applicants during the selection process by e-mailing Huffman.

A town hall meeting for all eligible applicants to speak and answer questions from the public will be conducted at the County Extension building from 6-8 p.m. on April 7.

During an interview Tuesday with SUN staff, Huffman said, “I regret seeing John resign, I think he’s done an excellent job as a commissioner. His financial background was instrumental in helping the county recover from its financial crisis and build up its current reserves. We are probably in better shape than other counties as a result of his efforts.”

As far as a replacement, Huffman added, “We are inviting anyone who is interested to apply for John’s seat.”

If the Archuleta County Republican Party does not meet the statutory requirement for replacing Ranson by the April 15 deadline, Gov. Hickenlooper would make the appointment.

Portions of this article were written by SUN Staff Writer Jim McQuiggin.

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