A well-known restaurateur has put his hat in the proverbial ring for the Douglas County commissioner race.
Stevan Strain, a longtime Parker resident who sold the Warhorse Inn earlier this month after 30 years in business, is the only opponent registered to challenge current Douglas County Sheriff Dave Weaver as representative of the Republican Party for the District 1 commissioner seat.
Weaver announced his candidacy for the position in mid-2013.
Strain is as recognized for his polite demeanor and Southern drawl as he is for his contribution to the community. Aside from his prominent role as owner of the Warhorse Inn, a former fixture of East Mainstreet in downtown Parker, Strain has served on numerous boards, including those for Douglas County Libraries and the Science and Cultural Facilities District.
He is now on the Douglas County Planning Commission and County Open Space Advisory Board.
Strain, 60, believes his experience as a businessman and public official in Douglas County gives him a well-rounded point of view that would translate well in a top leadership position.
“A great county is multi-faceted. It has more than one dimension or issue,” he said. “Becoming a great county commissioner — a statesman rather than simply a politician — requires a depth of knowledge and experience.”
The former president of the Parker Chamber of Commerce and Parker Economic Development Council has earned several awards for his philanthropy. He declared his candidacy for the Douglas County Board of County Commissioners in November while speaking to the Republican Women’s Club in Douglas County.
Weaver touts his credentials and knowledge about “where we have been, where we are and where we need to go.” He has worked with the sheriff’s office in various capacities for more than 30 years and says he knows how to “effectively build and retain community partnerships.”
A frequent presence at community events, Weaver believes in a balanced approach to maintaining existing lifestyles in both rural and residential settings. He is also “fiscally prudent,” according to his campaign website, which includes a section entitled “Why You Should Hire Me as Your Next Commissioner.”
The candidates are vying for a seat currently held by Commissioner Jack Hilbert, who is term-limited. Party caucuses are March 4 and election primaries are scheduled for June 24.
The seats for District 2 and 3 commissioners Jill Repella and Roger Partridge will not be up for election until 2016.