Fremont County Commissioner Debbie Bell announces her candidacy for re-election for a fourth term – Canon City Daily Record


Commissioner Debbie Bell said that while Fremont County is thriving, there is still work to be done – and she wants to continue to be a part of it.

“I’m just not ready to finish,” she said as she announced she would run for a fourth term at the Fremont County Republican Central Committee meeting on Tuesday.

Bell was originally elected in November 2010 and took office in January 2011.

She said her candidacy for re-election in 2022 might come as a surprise to some as she said she was skeptical of standing for a fourth term. But the closer her retirement approached, the more unhappy she became.

“I realized that I am not yet ready to go,” she said. “I would leave my job unfinished – and there is so much going on right now. “

Fremont County is booming, she said, and the Fremont County Board of Commissioners is one of them.

“We’ve accomplished a lot in the past 11 years, but we’re not done yet,” said Bell. “We have a great team of elected officials who work well together. “

Two full years of Bell’s current tenure have been dominated by COVID, and like everyone else, she has had two years where nothing was status quo.

“It was hard on all of us,” she said. “COVID has taken two years of service in my community away from me, and I would like to get that back. “

Some major projects accomplished so far during his tenure include the installation of utilities and infrastructure at Pathfinder Park, the implementation of the Fremont County Annual Accountability Report, the purchase and major renovation of the Garden Park Building, the purchase and renovation of the emergency response center, major improvements to the war memorial park and the ecological park, modernization of airport runways and terminals and financing of the CARES law.

She is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of Colorado Counties, Inc.

“We have come a long way, but we still have a long way to go,” she said. “We have the possibility of transforming our county in the coming years. “

Projects currently underway include the Pathfinder Park Community Events Center, the Pathfinder Park Lodge and Barn, broadband projects, the renovation of the Emergency Response Center East Building, and funding for the American Rescue Plan Act.

Also in view of re-election in 2022, Fremont County Evaluator Stacey Seifert and Fremont County Clerk Justin Grantham have announced their nominations for re-election at previous FCRCC meetings.

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