To all those who participated in our democratic process and especially those who voted for me! We did it! With 69.4% of the vote I have moved from Commissioner Candidate to Commissioner Elect!

A huge thanks to all those who helped.

Every campaign contribution has been very much appreciated. We were able to use the funds effectively, putting out lots of information and with a minimum of waste or unnecessary ‘schwag’.  Through local advertising and events we reached a lot of folks and got the word out.

Those who put on our local candidate forums did such a good job.  We had good (and hard) questions at every event. I learned so much through this process. And knowing how much it takes to put on an event at any level, I greatly appreciate your efforts.

Supporters gave my great advice and assistance throughout the campaign. From words of wisdom to feet on the ground putting up doorhangers and talking to people – you are great!

Special thanks to my opponent, Terri Snyder Lamers, who worked very hard in this race. I have the utmost respect for anyone stepping up to run for office and particularly appreciate that we both ran clean campaigns focused on the issues.

AND to Charlotte Hacke, Barb Neel, Darlene Cavallaro, Gabriel, Jordan, Stuart and many others who really worked on the campaign – I can’t thank you enough!

Now it’s time to get to work!  New commissioners will be sworn in on January 10th. In the meantime I’ll be getting some new commissioner training, finishing up a final report on a waste diversion grant – and getting the farm put to bed for the winter (that we hope shows up soon)!


With deep appreciation and humility,



Sunday, November 13th we’re hosting a Community Pot Luck Celebration at Tomten Farm from 4-6 pm. Come on up and see the farm, talk about issues, discuss the election and share some fun. 

Directions to Tomten Farm


From Norwood and points west:

Head towards Telluride, taking the right to stay on Hwy 145 and head through Placerville. Just past the Sawpit Mercantile take a LEFT onto CR 58P.  Travel 3 miles on County Road 58P.

Just about at 3 miles you’ll turn LEFT on County Road 56V. It goes downhill and across a saddle. Travel ¾ mile on that road and take a LEFT on Old Elam Ranch Road. We’re the first place on the RIGHT on Old Elam, not even 1/8 mile from that last turn. Pull on into the driveway. (SPRING conditions may mean it is very muddy. You can also choose to park on the road.)

From Telluride:

Head out of town on Hwy 145 towards Placerville. About 12 miles from the roundabout take a RIGHT on County Road 58P. It goes immediately uphill. If you pass the Sawpit Mercantile you’ve gone too far.

Travel 3 miles on County Road 58P then turn LEFT on County Road 56V. It goes downhill and across a saddle. Travel ¾ mile on that road and take a LEFT on Old Elam Ranch Road. We’re the first place on the RIGHT on Old Elam, not even 1/8 mile from that last turn. Pull on into the driveway.

From Ridgway:

Head out of Ridgway, towards Telluride on Hwy 62. You’ll go up and over Dallas Divide. About 7 miles from the top of Dallas Divide look for Mile Marker 4. Just a bit past MM 4 you’ll take a LEFT onto County Road 56V. You’ll turn off the highway onto a bridge and go over a small creek. Travel just about 1 mile and take a right where the road forks (this is still 56V). You’ll go downhill and over another small creek before heading uphill. Travel about 3-4 miles and look for Old Elam Ranch Road on your right. (Just before that if you are looking to your right you will see the Grow Dome from the road.) Turn right on Old Elam Ranch Road and we’re the first place on the right.

We have a large black dog named Taos who will bark, but not bite.

My cell is 970-708-0289 if you get turned around at any point.

Kris Holstrom for San Miguel County
Board of Commissioners 3rd District

Bringing experience, dedication and creative innovation that fits our values and
contributes to local resilience

Welcome to the Kris Holstrom for San Miguel County Commissioner 3rd District website!

San Miguel County is a unique and spectacular community of diverse individuals from pioneer families whose relatives homesteaded here to long time locals to new folks who are making this beautiful place their home. All county residents deserve to have their government representatives not only hear and respect their voices, but be willing to roll up their sleeves and work for them!

I have lived and worked here for decades, and I’ve been very active – involved with local government, non-profits, businesses, and our agriculture sectors.

GovernmentOutofWayBannerIf elected, I pledge to ‘Focus on Three’ – District 3 that is. I am an avid listener and learner, building on my 20 years experience with the County Planning Commission where making balanced and fair decisions is essential. My last six years on the Commission I was the Chair where a calm demeanor and an ‘ears not ego’ attitude served to keep meetings smooth. District 3 deserves the full attention of its representative. I will be dedicated to bringing items important to our district to the table.

While focusing on what I can do to serve our district well, the Board of County Commissioners also must serve the entire county. I have a great deal of experience working with local and regional governments and organizations. Over the years I’ve forged strong relationships with the people and staff representing the Towns of Norwood, Telluride, Mountain Village and Ophir – and have particpated in many intergovernmental meetings including Ridgway and Montrose.


MountainFilm6A Statement from Kris about Zero Waste:

“We’ve been working for years in our region to reduce our waste and increase our diversion through recycling and composting. During this campaign I am doing my best to continue to walk the talk. I had hoped to avoid yard signs, but it seems a necessity in our region. However, I have several ideas in mind for reusing and recycling the signs come the end of campaign season. My paper products are all recyclable as well, and I’ll have some items printed on a handmade paper with wildflower seeds embedded in it. Those can actually be planted and if watered will sprout wildflowers!” ~ Kris Holstrom