Commissioner Routt Beth Melton will not seek re-election

Routt County Commissioner Beth Melton.
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Routt County Commissioner Beth Melton announced Tuesday that she will not be running for re-election in November, saying she has “new things on the horizon.”

First elected in 2018, Melton represents District 3, which lies entirely within the city limits of Steamboat Springs.

“It’s bittersweet for me,” Melton said in a statement. “Serving this community has been the best job I could have asked for…but there are new things on the horizon for me and my family and so my path has changed.”

In the statement, Melton said being commissioner has been rewarding despite the challenges of dealing with the pandemic. Part of that included establishing the Routt County Public Health Department, one of many accomplishments highlighted by Melton since taking office in 2019.

Melton has also served on the State Board of Human Services, the Just Transition Advisory Committee, and the Governor’s Commissioner On Community Service, in addition to working to expand access to treatment for substance use disorders in County Routt.

“The past two years have been a time like no other in history,” Melton said. “In the midst of it all, I’m impressed with what we’ve been able to do.”

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