Candidate for Eagle Co. calls for mountain conservation |

Candidate for Eagle Co. calls for mountain conservation

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado
Theo Stroomer/Vail DailySteamboat Springs Democrat Ken Brenner, who announced Monday that he will run for Eagle County's state senate seat, talks to supporters at the Broadway Cafe in Eagle on Monday.

EAGLE, Colorado ” Residents of Eagle County need a legislator in Denver who will protect their open space, water and wildlife, Ken Brenner said Monday.

People on the Front Range live there so that they can visit places like Eagle County for its clean air, fresh water, camping, fishing and hunting, Brenner said.

“They have a vested interest in helping us doing a good job of being stewards of the natural resources over here,” he said. “What we need is somebody down there that reminds them of that.”

Brenner, a Steamboat Springs Democrat, drove to Rifle, Glenwood Springs, Eagle and Steamboat Springs Monday to announce his candidacy for state Senate District 8, which includes Eagle County.

Brenner had filed the necessary paperwork with the Secretary of State several weeks before, but formally committed at Broadway Cafe to running for the seat being vacated by term-limited Republican Jack Taylor.

Al White, Hayden Republican, also is running.

Brenner was born in Steamboat Springs and grew up on a ranch near town. In local government, Brenner has served on Steamboat Springs’ city council and on Routt County’s planning commission.

Brenner has lived his entire life in Routt County ” except four years at college ” and owns a small business, Performance Sports Medicine in Steamboat Springs. He has a wife and three sons.

Along with a few other people, Eagle Mayor Jon Stavney showed up to support Brenner. He and Brenner have been talking about issues such as affordable housing and how to improve quality of life for residents, he said.

Brenner has been willing to listen to Stavney’s concerns, and the men plan to drive around Eagle County sometime to talk more. “That’s the kind of willingness I’m talking about,” Stavney said.

Brenner said he wants to work with municipal and county governments to improve air and water quality and to protect wildlife habitat.

“We have to do that,” he said. “We’re not there yet.”

Cindy Cohagen, executive director of Eagle Valley Land Trust, said she came to find out more about Brenner’s position on land conservation.

“I’m keenly aware of the phenomenal work in conservation that’s gone on in the Steamboat area,” she said. “They’ve done a tremendous job.”

Brenner wants to leave Eagle County and northwest Colorado a better place for residents, he said.

“What the state does is, ‘What can we do to help you in Eagle?'” Brenner said. “What is it that you need as tools, as resources, to accomplish those goals?”

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