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Nancy Hovde announces commissioner candidacy

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Nancy Hovde

At the monthly meeting of the Republican Central Committee, Nancy Hovde announced she is a candidate for Delta County Commissioner in District 2. The seat is currently held by her husband Bruce, who is term-limited.

She stated, "I have the time, energy and experience to represent Delta County as a commissioner. My experience stems from being involved in the community for over 30 years, starting with the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce. When Cedaredge was in danger of losing our last doctor, with four friends, we started Surface Creek Medical Clinic, now Surface Creek Family Practice. Then I served as the first president of Delta County Ambulance District and spent 14 years on the DMEA board of directors, serving on the Tri-State board and serving the last two years as president before being term-limited out. I am a past president of Altrusa, am currently the treasurer of the Cedaredge Library Foundation along with vice president of the Delta County Library District among my various other volunteer activities."

Hovde said her emphasis is on the future of Delta County, not the past.

"With the loss of over 600 well-paying coal mining jobs, we are in a slow recovery. There are several studies being done by both Region 10 and DCED to explore future ways to encourage job development," she noted. Her emphasis will be on broadband, tourism, agriculture and coal.

"Coal is the backbone of electricity in the United States. Even with the war on coal, electric generation still depends on coal for close to 40 percent of our power. And our local coal is high btu as well as extremely low sulfur, in other words, some of the cleanest coal in the nation."

While serving on DMEA, Hovde said she helped move broadband forward with the first major steps being taken while she was president. "I'm the perfect fit to represent Delta County now that DMEA has committed to serve all of Delta County with high speed Internet," she said.

As for tourism, Hovde pointed out Delta County offers some of the best outdoor activities in the nation.

"With the addition of affordable high speed Internet, these wonderful outside assets will help us attract new business and retain what is currently Delta County's best export -- our children."

Delta County is 56 percent federal land, and she pledges to keep the public lands open to all. Multi-use ranges from recreation to historical livestock grazing.

"Agriculture is the backbone of Delta County," she said. "Having been involved with farming as a child and with my husband on our family farm, I understand ag. I have bucked bales and I have pruned apple trees -- not something I normally put on a résumé.

"If elected, I will work full time in order to ensure that Delta County has a bright future," she concluded.

Last fall, Orchard City Mayor Don Suppes announced his candidacy for the same seat. He is also a Republican.Delta County has a bright future," she concluded.

Last fall, Orchard City Mayor Don Suppes announced his candidacy for the same seat. He is also a Republican.

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