Jim Wingfield, candidate for Hotchkiss town trustee, was born and raised in Hotchkiss before graduating locally and leaving for the military. He then returned to the North Fork community and lived in Paonia, where he was actively involved in the community. Wingfield returned to Hotchkiss two years ago, where his mother and sister are also involved in the local community. Wingfield has had experience in multiple areas of the community, including bookkeeping work for the American Legion, of which he said, “I like supporting our veterans.” He also spent 10 years with the volunteer fire department, responding to fire disasters, car accidents and out of control burns, and 15 years with North Fork Ambulance, where he is EMT certified. Wingfield has worked as a general contractor for 30 years. Wingfield also served on the Paonia town council for eight years, working primarily with public works and making progress on infrastructure. While he acknowledges that the two communities are different, he said the experience in Paonia was one of his most adventurous and one that gave him insight that will help guide him as town trustee. “The best thing was that eight years with Paonia,” Wingfield said. “They’re totally different between the two communities, but any time you deal with the public, it’s going to give you a lot more experience.” Wingfield said he feels that the community is already successful in terms of infrastructure, and looks forward to working with members of the town’s departments to continue to make improvements. “I think our water and streets department are doing a great job,” Wingfield said. “I think right now, the way they’re running, they’re doing a pretty good job and you’ve got a lot of good people working there with public works and the town.” Although he feels that the community has been successful recently, he believes his knowledge and insight can help make even more progress. As town trustee, Wingfield hopes to increase local engagement and use his previous experience to help the community make progress on improving infrastructure — in Paonia, he said progress was made in terms of maintaining water supply and he hopes to bring similar advancements to Hotchkiss. “The biggest thing is getting more people doing more things locally for our businesses and town,” Wingfield said. “I just want to try to help out on the infrastructure, mostly just give some good insight.” In addition to making community improvements, Wingfield hopes that as town trustee, he will become even more involved in the community and learn more about the town’s function. He believes Hotchkiss has a strong foundation that he plans to build upon. Also running for Hotchkiss town trustee are John Marta, Patrick Webb and Terry O’Brien. The community will vote on April 7 to select three trustees for four years. For the rest of the North Fork town elections, those running for Paonia trustee candidates are Timothy E. Kelley, Luna Anna Archey, Michelle Pattison, Carolyn Diehl, William Bear, Tamie Meck, Mick Johnson, Dave Knutson, Monica Foguth and Karen Budinger, while Mary Bachran and Bill Brunner are running for the Paonia mayor’s seat. Crawford has canceled its election due to only receiving three valid trustee petitions and one valid mayor petition. Wanda Gofforth will continue as mayor while John Paton, Jon Peed and Gill Saunders will serve as town trustees. The election will be mail-in only with no voting sites in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jim Wingfield, candidate for Hotchkiss town trustee, was born and raised in Hotchkiss before graduating locally and leaving for the military. He then returned to the North Fork community and lived in Paonia, where he was actively involved in the community. Wingfield returned to Hotchkiss two years ago, where his mother and sister are also involved in the local community.

Wingfield has had experience in multiple areas of the community, including bookkeeping work for the American Legion, of which he said, “I like supporting our veterans.” He also spent 10 years with the volunteer fire department, responding to fire disasters, car accidents and out of control burns, and 15 years with North Fork Ambulance, where he is EMT certified. Wingfield has worked as a general contractor for 30 years.

Wingfield also served on the Paonia town council for eight years, working primarily with public works and making progress on infrastructure. While he acknowledges that the two communities are different, he said the experience in Paonia was one of his most adventurous and one that gave him insight that will help guide him as town trustee.

“The best thing was that eight years with Paonia,” Wingfield said. “They’re totally different between the two communities, but any time you deal with the public, it’s going to give you a lot more experience.”

Wingfield said he feels that the community is already successful in terms of infrastructure, and looks forward to working with members of the town’s departments to continue to make improvements.

“I think our water and streets department are doing a great job,” Wingfield said. “I think right now, the way they’re running, they’re doing a pretty good job and you’ve got a lot of good people working there with public works and the town.”

Although he feels that the community has been successful recently, he believes his knowledge and insight can help make even more progress.

As town trustee, Wingfield hopes to increase local engagement and use his previous experience to help the community make progress on improving infrastructure — in Paonia, he said progress was made in terms of maintaining water supply and he hopes to bring similar advancements to Hotchkiss.

“The biggest thing is getting more people doing more things locally for our businesses and town,” Wingfield said. “I just want to try to help out on the infrastructure, mostly just give some good insight.”

In addition to making community improvements, Wingfield hopes that as town trustee, he will become even more involved in the community and learn more about the town’s function. He believes Hotchkiss has a strong foundation that he plans to build upon.

Also running for Hotchkiss town trustee are John Marta, Patrick Webb and Terry O’Brien. The community will vote on April 7 to select three trustees for four years.

For the rest of the North Fork town elections, those running for Paonia trustee candidates are Timothy E. Kelley, Luna Anna Archey, Michelle Pattison, Carolyn Diehl, William Bear, Tamie Meck, Mick Johnson, Dave Knutson, Monica Foguth and Karen Budinger, while Mary Bachran and Bill Brunner are running for the Paonia mayor’s seat. Crawford has canceled its election due to only receiving three valid trustee petitions and one valid mayor petition. Wanda Gofforth will continue as mayor while John Paton, Jon Peed and Gill Saunders will serve as town trustees.

The election will be mail-in only with no voting sites in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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