SAN MIGUEL COUNTY – Looking to reconnect with and serve the community once again, former Mountain Village councilor and Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association Director Jonathan Greenspan announced this week his candidacy for the District 2 San Miguel Board of County Commissioner seat.
An unaffiliated candidate and resident of Mountain Village, Greenspan will take on Democratic incumbent candidate Joan May in the Nov. 4 election.
“First and foremost, I want to bring a balance to the board,” Greenspan said in an interview on Tuesday. “I want everyone in the county represented. This doesn’t mean just my voting constituents but everyone who resides here either full time or part time or even as a guest.”
A 24-year resident of San Miguel County, Greenspan’s resume includes six years as a Mountain Village Metropolitan District director, eight years as a Mountain Village town councilor and four years as a TMVOA director. He’s also an owner of S.U.N.R.I.S.E., LLC, a regional resource recovery and property management company, and the director of the SMARTS Park regional recycling center in Ilium.
Judging from his past work serving on the various boards and councils, if elected to the commissioner seat, he believes he can bring an “understanding of how to get things done” in an effective way. He points to his time as President of the TMVOA Board when the leadership of the association was able to balance its budget despite major drops in its main funding source, Real Estate Transfer Assessments.
“I am proud of my time as President of TMVOA,” he said. “During the recession, I was on the board’s budget subcommittee and we were able to keep it in the black even though RETA was dropping and there were virtually no assessments.”
Looking to the future, Greenspan believes the region’s tourism and recreation economy can be diversified even more to get more visitors into the area. Right now, he doesn’t see a plan to do so.
“There is a lack of planning. I have never seen or heard of a plan,” Greenspan said. “All we have seen is reactionary behaviors. We need to start diversifying our economy that’s not limited to trades and recreation but having institutions come here like the science center and many others that can create a better economy of visitation.”
Greenspan believes both the towns of Mountain Village and Telluride have done a good job in creating affordable housing. And as buildable space in the two towns diminish, he said its up to the county to take the lead in creating more housing in other parts of the county, especially Norwood.
“By doing this, you’ll create local jobs, put more people in Norwood’s restaurants and will push forth the region’s transportation system,” he said. “It will create a movement regionally.”
With no term limits set for San Miguel County commissioners, Greenspan said he is in favor of changing that as well.
“I think we need some fresh ideas and, more importantly, ways to implement them. That is why I think we should be looking at potential term limits, similar to what the two town’s have as term limits. I would like to see a lot more transparency in our government and I really want to represent everyone in this county – from Norwood to the Pandora Mine.”