Kathryn Wadsworth announced her candidacy Friday for Chaffee County Commissioner District 2, challenging Republican incumbent Frank Holman.
Wadsworth, a Democrat, has lived in Chaffee County since 1988.
She said she has a background in community involvement including leadership roles in business, government and nonprofit organizations.
“Community participation has always been important to me – that’s how I was raised. My parents understood and promoted giving back to the community,” Wadsworth said.
She studied law enforcement at Trinidad Junior College and graduated from Colorado Law Enforcement Training Academy. And she has a bachelor of arts degree in parks and recreation administration from Central Michigan University
Wadsworth serves on the Chaffee County Planning Commission, Salida Middle School Accountability Committee, Salida Cyclones directors and Southeastern Colorado Aquatic League Board of Directors.
She works with Salida Middle School reading program and coaches local youths through Option 23 Ski and Snowboard Club which she founded.
Wadsworth has worked as a raft guide, ski instructor, river ranger in the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, level 1 park manager at Mueller State Park near Woodland Park and executive director of Greater Arkansas River Nature Association.
As a business woman, Wadsworth owns and manages Incite Consulting. She has worked for clients ranging from the Governor’s Energy Office and Trout Unlimited to Boys and Girls Clubs of Chaffee County and Salida School District R-32-J.
“My public and private business experiences, along with active community participation, have taught me we have much to be proud of in Chaffee County,” Wadsworth said.
“I intend for my campaign to be a celebration of Chaffee County as well as a thoughtful dialogue about how to work together to ensure a practical, reasonable and successful future.”