Author: andrew


For Immediate Release
Date: 01/17/2018


Dan Gibbs


Breckenridge, CO. – Dan Gibbs today announced his candidacy for his final term for Summit County Commissioner.

“I am excited and honored to have the opportunity to serve the people in Summit County again in my final term as County Commissioner,” Gibbs said. A resident of Breckenridge, Gibbs said he feels blessed to represent Summit County and is working to make a difference in the community he lives in and loves.

In this position, he has worked on issues of importance to Summit County including building workforce housing, improving access to and affordability of health care, stewardship of our natural resources and finding innovative solutions to transportation challenges.

“As a resident of Summit County, I know how special our community is, and I will continue to work to maintain and enhance the high quality of life we have worked so hard to achieve. I also understand the unique challenges our community faces, and I remain committed to continuing to look for collaborative solutions to remedy these issues,” Gibbs said.

“I want to continue to represent Summit County because I want to further address issues of importance to our mountain community.  Specifically, my top priorities are workforce housing, affordable and accessible quality health care, and protecting our environment. I look forward to continuing my work with citizens and community partners to turn our concerns into action.”

Commissioner Dan Gibbs has served on the Summit Board of County Commissioners for the past seven years. In this capacity, Dan has successfully pushed for affordable workforce housing, access to affordable healthcare, wildfire preparedness and protection and improvements to transportation infrastructure. He is a respected collaborator and a strong proponent of building partnerships across agencies, nonprofits and private-sector organizations to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government operations and services.

Prior to his tenure as a commissioner, Dan represented Summit County in the Colorado House of Representatives and the State Senate. His legislative accomplishments include securing funding for wildfire mitigation and forest health, workplace accommodations for nursing mothers, the offering of bachelor’s degrees at Colorado Mountain College and stricter chain laws for trucks on interstate highways. In the Senate, he chaired the Senate Transportation Committee and served on the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.

Dan is a seasonal certified wildland firefighter and is affiliated with the ROSS system, through which he is on call to fight wildfires throughout the United States. He chairs the Summit County Wildfire Council and serves as vice chair of the statewide Wildland Fire and Prescribed Fire Matters Advisory Committee.

Dan serves on numerous civic boards and committees, including the I-70 Coalition, the I-70 Collaborative Effort, Breckenridge Heritage Alliance, Rotary International, Little Red Schoolhouse, the Summit County Chamber of Commerce, the Colorado Counties Inc. Mountain District Chair and the Colorado Mountain College Community Advisory Board. He is past Mountain Mentor with Summit County Youth and Family Services and teaches Nordic skiing at Breckenridge Nordic Center.

Dan enjoys all that living in the High Country has to offer, such as telemark and cross-country skiing, hiking, mountain biking and fishing. He is a resident of Breckenridge, Colorado, where he lives with his wife Johanna, daughter Grace and son Tate. He is a graduate of Western State Colorado University, attended the John F. Kennedy School’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard College on a Gates Foundation scholarship and was a Marshall Memorial Fellow.

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A federal district judge in California issued a nationwide injunction Tuesday night temporarily blocking the Trump administration from ending the Deferred Action on Child Arrivals program, or DACA.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup ordered that protections remain in place for the estimated 690,000 DACA recipients nationwide while lawsuits make their way through the courts.

The program, which was started by President Obama in 2012, has allowed hundreds of thousands of young people who arrived without legal status as children to stay and work in the country under certain conditions, such as going to school, having a job, and having a clean criminal record.

Summit County leaders and experts expressed unanimous approval for the injunction, but also urged caution as it is only temporary and that the futures of many young people are still in limbo. More than 17,000 DACA recipients, informally known as Dreamers, live and work in Colorado, with 200 estimated to be living in Summit County.

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Those gains come on top of a 52 percent increase in riders recorded earlier this year on the service’s two-year anniversary and an increase of nearly 15,000 riders, or 77 percent, on Bustang’s West Line, which runs through Summit County from Denver to Glenwood Springs.

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SUMMIT COUNTY — A decade ago, a study commissioned by the Denver Chamber of Commerce found that congestion on Interstate 70 was costing Colorado more than $830 billion in lost economic activity every year.

Since then, things have only gotten worse, particularly in the mountain corridor, where narrow, steep and winding terrain forms a choke point. Highway closures are common here, particularly in the winter, and each hour that cars aren’t moving costs about $1 million in stalled commerce. For the people who live here, however, these numbers are just abstractions.

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BRECKENRIDGE — Dan Gibbs is in a good place: Summit County, where he is one of three members of the Board of County Commissioners, a job he’s held for five years.

It’s a different life for the 38-year old Gibbs, who spent four sessions at the state Capitol: one year in the House and three in the Senate. He decided in 2010 to forego the life of a rural senator and head home for good, or at least for a good while.

One of the things Summit County Commissioner Dan Gibbs says he appreciates most is being able to ride his bicycle to work in Breckenridge. Since he didn’t have his helmet with him when a photographer visited, he nonetheless wanted to show off his wheels.

Living full-time in Summit County, with his home just blocks away from the county government office in Breckinridge, has had its advantages, the married father of a 16-month old daughter says with a smile. “It’s a different quality of life than commuting to the state Capitol every day.”

He’s retained his passion for transportation and, as chair of the I-70 Coalition, gets to continue working on some of the same issues as he did in the Legislature, but in a more “intimate” way, he told The Colorado Statesman. “It’s the nitty-gritty of problem-solving,” he says, discussing a commissioner’s involvement with transportation issues.


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