Three Democrats have joined the race for Larimer County’s District 2 commissioner seat in 2020.
Fort Collins mayor pro-tem Kristen Stephens, Deborah Shulman of Bellvue and Bill E. Wright of Fort Collins are running to replace term-limited Commissioner Steve Johnson. A primary election will decide which of the Democratic candidates ends up on the November 2020 ballot.
District 2 covers central Larimer County and includes part of Fort Collins.
Stephens has been on Fort Collins City Council for about four and a half years and was re-elected to her seat in April. She’s also chair of the Poudre Fire Authority board and represents Fort Collins on the North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization.
Shulman is active in county issues and serves as the vice-chair of the Larimer County Parks Board.
Wright, a retired Fossil Ridge High School history teacher, previously ran for commissioner in 2016.
Jensen, a consultant, is a member of the Larimer County Planning Commission.
The board of commissioners has three members. Commissioners have to live in the district they represent, but they’re elected at large by county voters. The District 3 seat is also up for election in 2020 because Commissioner Tom Donnelly is term-limited.
Democrat John Kefalas was elected to his first term in the District 1 seat last November.
If Stephens wins the District 2 commissioner seat, Fort Collins City Council will select someone from a pool of applicants to finish out the rest of her term, which ends in 2023.
Jacy Marmaduke covers government accountability for the Coloradoan. Follow her on Twitter @jacymarmaduke. Support stories like this one with a digital subscription to the Coloradoan.
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