Seufer Declares His Candidacy for County Commissioner


Donald Seufer

Holly area resident and farmer, Donald Seufer, Democrat, has announced his candidacy for District 1 Commissioner in Prowers County, currently held by incumbent Henry Schnabel. Seufer is the first democrat to declare for public office in the county this year. Schnabel is being challenged for his seat by fellow Republican, Lamar businessman Mike Parker.

Seufer is a lifelong resident of Prowers County, engaged in ranching and farming several miles outside the Holly area. “I have the last farm in the state, bordering Kansas,” he said. He mentioned his familiarity with the country between townships 41 through 47 and 21 and 27. Seufer is a board member of the Amity Canal, as well as LAMA, Lower Arkansas Valley Water Management Association. He’s also a member of the Colorado Cattleman’s Association and past member of the Northeast Prowers County Soil Conservation Board during the time the N.E. Prowers County Weed Control District was formed. He’s also past director of the FSA (ASCS) for 13 years, past member of the Prowers County Fair Board and past member of the Holly Fair Board. He said water issues in the county will be one of his priorities as commissioner. “Water indirectly affects everybody, from those on Main Street to folks out on the state line like me,” he stressed.

Seufer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geology and his wife, Suzanne was co-owner of the Holly Department Store from 1978 to 2002. She is presently employed at Southeast Colorado BOCES and has a Bachelor of Arts degree Education and has been a former teacher. The couple has four children, two of whom are active in ranching in Prowers County with their spouses. The Seufer’s also have four grandchildren.

Prowers County Democratic Chairperson, Jillane Hixson, said she expects additional democratic candidates to make their candidacy known in the next few days, but was not specific on the individual or office being sought. The local democratic caucus is set for March 6 (corrected date) at Lamar High School.   Precincts 2,3 & 13 will meet at  Catholic Hall 113 S. 6th Street Holly, CO  81047.  All other precincts will be at LHS. 

By Russ Baldwin



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