Not a big surprise from this seat but District 3 Commissioner Sallie Clark was endorsed Tuesday by the Board of Directors of the Pikes Peak Lodging Association. Clark is opposed in the June 26 Republican primary by political rookie Karen Magistrelli.
“Sallie Clark has a proven track record as an effective representative as well as a successful businesswoman,” said PPLA Executive Director Steve Ducoff. “Commissioner Clark has served her district in an outstanding manner and brings a wealth of knowledge in the lodging, hospitality and tourism industry. As a small-business owner on the Board of County Commissioners, Sallie also brings an important entrepreneurial spirit and perspective to county government, especially during these challenging economic times.”
PPLA further encouraged community support for Clark. Magistrelli bested Clark at last month’s assembly, garnering 55 percent of the vote to Clark’s 45 percent, although just slightly more than 300 delegates were voting.
Clark said she is honored to have the endorsement of the PPLA.
“Considering the impact that vacation travel has to District 3 and El Paso County, as a business owner and past board member of the Colorado Travel and Tourism Authority, I understand first-hand tourism’s importance to the economy in our region,” Clark said. “I look forward to continuing to advocate and complete projects that will benefit the lodging and tourism industry and our local residents — roads, transportation, infrastructure, public safety and our regional county parks system, among others.”
Clark, a former Colorado Springs City Council member, is chair of the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments and is seeking a third term as District 3 Commissioner.