Dick Gilmore is declaring his candidacy for the District 1 county commissioner position. Gilmore is a Democrat. His campaign slogan is "The Sensible Choice."
Gilmore says, "Lately I have been soliciting input from Delta County residents -- retirees, small business owners, wine makers and others.
"What I hear from these conversations is what I will call 'economic envy.' Folks wish there was a little more money changing hands in Delta County, a higher standard of living, like some surrounding counties have.
"This wish comes up against the tightly held conviction that Delta County should stay just as it is -- a rural, agricultural, quiet, wonderful place to live."
Gilmore also attended recent Planning Commission meetings regarding the update of the county Master Plan, the three open house meetings seeking citizen input, and the public hearing on the Master Plan.
"There are conflicts of interest in the county and different thoughts about the possibility of zoning," Gilmore said.
"The only way forward to accommodate conflicting interests is through a sensible plan of zoning and reasonable regulations for future development, which will actually increase property values and encourage new businesses to come to Delta County.
"Next year the Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners will be making decisions concerning all these interests and thoughts. There is the need for open-minded, factual-based leadership in dealing with these complex issues," Gilmore said.
"The decisions the commissioners will make require someone who can communicate with citizens, make sure citizens are heard and their opinions valued. The road ahead requires leadership experience and personal commitment.
"As county commissioner I will bring these needed qualifications to carry out the commissioners' responsibilities," he said.
Gilmore was born in St. Louis and raised in central Pennsylvania. He has a master's degree in counseling from Penn State and worked for the Pennsylvania Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation.
Gilmore and his wife, Ginny, lived in Golden for many years. Gilmore retired to Delta after 25 years with E.I. DuPont, working in pharmaceutical sales.
"I utilized the latest research studies as I shared life-saving facts with specialized medical people," Gilmore said.
He also owned and managed residential rental properties for 20 years. With a skilled partner, he developed about 15 restaurants in Denver and Sedona, Ariz. He says these ventures gave him valuable business experience and respect for small business owners.
The Gilmores built their dream home on a 40-acre parcel overlooking Sweitzer Lake.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.