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Not for the first time, Chaffee County resident Dr. Alison Brown has shown herself to be a class act. Defeated in her primary bid for the District 3 Chaffee Board of County Commissioner (BoCC) seat by fellow Republican Brandon Becker (1,660 to 1,393 votes), she issued the following statement:

“I want to thank all of the citizens who voted for me in the Primary election. I am disappointed that I won’t get a chance to serve as your County Commissioner, but it was an honor to be part of this important democratic process,” read her statement.

“I commit to continuing my service to our great nation at both the federal and community level,” she continued, “and would like to pass my congratulations on to Brandon Becker who will be running as the Republican candidate for County Commissioner in the November election.”

Brown, who serves on several national engineering and aviation boards and is the CEO of NAVSYS, garnered 45.63 percent of the  3,053 votes cast in the Chaffee Republican primary, but it wasn’t enough to stop Becker’s 54.37 percent.

Throughout her bid for the BoCC, Brown has made herself available to local media regarding her policy positions on the county’s challenges, and also appeared at several Republican town hall meetings, continuing to be forthcoming about her platform.

“Addressing workforce housing needs is critical for supporting both our local workforce and business owners in order to allow them to grow our economy. In addition to the ongoing programs being run by Chaffee Housing Trust and Chaffee Housing Authority,” said Brown, she added that she planned to propose options for landowners, to encourage them to take advantage of their already permitted right in recreational, rural and residential zoning to have an “Additional Single Family Dwelling” which could be used to provide workforce housing.”

As an engineer, Brown suggested a way of attracting technology jobs was to create a program to attract members of the growing nationwide community of “Digital Nomads” and have them locate in Chaffee. “These highly-skilled, location-independent workers can bring remote jobs to Chaffee County and also serve as role models to encourage local students to consider STEM-related alternative career options.”

To date, Becker has not made any official comment regarding his candidacy, nor has he responded to Ark Valley Voice’s candidate questions sent to him three weeks ago.

Editor’s note: Alison Brown was a primary investor in Ark Valley Voice. Per contract, she has no editorial control. That control rests with Managing Editor Jan Wondra.