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Posted on: May 10, 2023

Telluride Mayor DeLanie Young Announces Interest in County Commissioner Seat

Telluride Mayor DeLanie Young Announces Interest in County Commissioner Seat

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Telluride Mayor DeLanie Young Announces Interest in County Commissioner Seat

Mayor Young among seven county residents interested and eligible to fill the vacancy

(May 10, 2023) – Telluride, CO --- During yesterday’s regular Town Council meeting, Mayor DeLanie Young announced interest in running for San Miguel County Commissioner. The vacant seat opened after Commissioner Hilary Cooper resigned to continue her work around affordable housing projects as the director for a new department at the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT).

“I have submitted a letter of interest for the appointment to the vacant SMC Commissioner seat,” said Mayor DeLanie Young. “The County Commissioner role was something I had always contemplated pursuing at some point in my future. This vacancy created an unexpected opportunity and putting my hat in the ring accelerated my timeline. I didn't want to pass up an opportunity that was always one which interested me.”

Mayor Young is among seven interested candidates. Colorado law provides that the San Miguel County Democratic Party establish a Vacancy Committee consisting of the SMC Democrats executive committee and elected Democrats currently holding office in the County. The committee will select a replacement by Thursday, May 18 for the remainder of the term, ending January 7, 2025.

A public hearing will be held on Zoom on Tuesday, May 16 at 6 pm to consider the candidates. For more information, please visit

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Communications Manager 
Lindsey Mills
Cell: (303) 319-6448

A former Victorian mining town in southwest Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, Telluride was incorporated in 1977 as a home-rule municipality. Set in a box canyon amid forested peaks at the base of the popular Telluride ski-and-golf resort, the town’s historic district houses landmarks like the Sheridan Opera House, a performing-arts venue originally built in 1913, and the Telluride Historical Museum, which showcases local history in a converted hospital built in 1896. For more information, please visit us online at

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