Karen Magistrelli of Crystola will vie for the District 3 El Paso County Commissioner’s seat next November. The district covers the county’s western section and includes Old Colorado City, Manitou Springs, Chipita Park and Green Mountain Falls. Commissioner Sallie Clark currently represents the district.
A 27-year county resident who runs a nonprofit organization that helps ex-prisoners rejoin society, Magistrelli said she’s concerned about “government shenanigans,” including the “confusing, deceptive language of the term limit ballot issue” and “unreasonable, excessive government regulations.”
“I’m ready to fight back to reduce waste, restore trust and integrity, and return to the principles of freedom,” she said, in announcing her candidacy.
Magistrelli became familiar with county government during a three-year struggle to win approval to build residences on land her family owns in the western-most part of the county.
Magistrelli said she’s “not a career politician,” and her qualifications come from life in the private sector.
Two other candidates have announced they will seek office in the November 2012 election. Commissioner Amy Lathen, current chairwoman of the board of county commissioners, has said she will run again for the eastern District 2, and Auddie Cox, a military veteran, will challenge the seat currently held by Commissioner Dennis Hisey, who represents the southern part of the county.