Lone Democratic Garfield County commissioner fights plan from peer
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Democrat Tresi Houpt is fighting a proposal that would prevent her from airing views different from the other two Garfield County commissioners ” both Republicans ” when representing the county on other boards and commissions.
Houpt is an outspoken supporter of stronger regulation of oil and gas development, at record levels in Garfield County the last few years. She has frequently been on the losing side of 2-1 votes on energy and other issues.
A resolution by Republican John Martin would make commissioners represent the majority view of the commission while participating in other groups.
Martin says he wants to make commissioners more accountable, particularly when spending county money.