La Plata County Commissioner Julie Westendorff announced her re-election campaign Thursday on a three-town swing through the county.
Starting at the Pine River Library in Bayfield, Westendorff touted the monthly meetings she holds in Bayfield to hear from residents on the eastern side of the county.
“I think this approach tells you who I am,” she said.
Ideas for improvements to county roads, including better signs on County Road 501 near the entrance to Forest Lakes to slow and direct traffic have come from residents who attend the meetings, she said.
She also said one landowner told her that the newly rerouted road at Vallecito Dam meant his cows could get out on County Road 501, “and no one wants a cow on 501.”
The county installed a cattle guard on the road a short while later.
Westendorff said she and other commissioners heard about a lack of fast Internet access at an “on the road” meeting in Vallecito. The commissioners hold meetings periodically in rural areas of the county.
The county put an item on the November ballot that allows local governments to enter agreements with local telecomm companies to provide improved service. That was previously not allowed by state law.
Westendorff, who was elected to represent the eastern half of the county in 2012, also made campaign stops Thursday at the ELHI (Education, Literacy, Health and Inspiration) Community Center in Ignacio and at the Rochester Hotel in Durango.