Who is Art Goodtimes? Some might call the incumbent candidate for San Miguel County Commissioner a father, some might call him a brother, and some might call him "a dream-spinner whose heart is made of Earth, fire, stone, water. … [An] artist, author, poet-performer, bioregionalist, paleohippie… fungiphile, and basket weaver."
Some might call him that. He definitely does.
What can I say, I'm a sucker for folks who are up-front with their surnames. With Art Goodtimes, you know what you're going to get. Isn't this how people used to be? Think of all the Smiths and Masons and Fletchers and Whippingboys. Your name should tell us who you are. It helps prevent us from accidentally striking up a conversation with Stan YouTubevideorecommender at parties.
Goodtimes is a member of the Green Party, which maybe isn't necessary to say. A name like Art Goodtimes isn't going to end up on a Republican ticket unless he's shortened his name from Archibold Goodtimesington III.
But don't write off Goodtimes as just another Earth/fire/stone/water-hearted politician/paleohippie (and lord knows there are plentyof those). Although Goodtimes is a poet-in-residence and an heirloom potato farmer who represents a county with rich hippies and escorts the king and queen of the Telluride Mushroom Festival in the back of his polka-dotted truck, he also represents a conservative mining community, and he keeps winning, year after year. He led San Miguel County into an environmental lawsuit against the Department of Energy, proving he can be Art Savvytimes. And after the economic downturn, he also made the tough decision to cut spending and freeze merit pay and cost-of-living increases–hello, Art Toughtimes.
Now, Goodtimes has challengers for his seat. Two candidates are running to oust him from the San Miguel County commission, even though they know he's not Art Easytobeattimes: as one of his opponents told the Telluride Daily Planet, "There's no doubt about it that Art Goodtimes is a formidable opponent."
Indeed. Will the people of San Miguel County find their county commission Goodtimesless this November? Or will this basket-weaving dreamer continue his gentle, gentle reign?
Only votingtimes will tell.
Photo by Rob Huber Photography
Previously: Linda Thomas, "Insanely sane candidate"
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