‘Passionate about our community’
Bridgette Harris running for council
March 7, 2007
As the lone woman running in the Craig City Council election, Bridgette Harris said it’s helpful to have diversity on the city council.
“It’s important to have different perspectives,” she said. “I’m passionate about our community. I chose to move to Craig, and I’m in love with the town and living here.”
Harris and four other candidates have filed election petitions with the city of Craig, seeking to fill one of three city council seats being filled by the April 3 election.
The 35-year-old wife of Matt Harris and mother of three children, moved to Craig eight years ago, but she has spent the majority of her life in Northwest Colorado.
Living in Craig previously and in Meeker for a time, Harris never has sought a political office but has been around politics.
As a youngster, Harris rode in parades in support of Colorado Congressman Scott McInnis, whom she has known most of her life.
It was McInnis who suggested Harris run for office to stay involved in the community.
She considered running for county commissioner, but after discussions with her family she decided City Council fit her life better.
During her petition-signing phase, Harris said she learned what is on the minds of voters.
“Talking with people, I found a lot of interest in having a recreation center in Craig,” she said. “We need to take a look and see if that is feasible.”
Harris also would like to explore the issue of immigration, and what can be done from a city standpoint. She said she has been in touch with the Colorado Alliance for Immigration Reform looking for local options.
Harris said it’s important to keep an eye on the budget and finances on the business side of running the city, but as Craig grows she also wants to preserve the feeling she gets from living in town.
“Through involvement with my children, I’ve seen a great side of Craig,” she said. “There’s a community feeling and aspect that makes me want to take an active roll in the city.”
Dan Olsen can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 207, or email@example.com.