Steve Vies For Johnson Village, Colorado Mayor
(Chaffee County Hamlet Deserve "Fresh Leadership" and a "New Image" - November 21, 2009)
JOHNSON VILLAGE, CO -
Steve "Colorado Guy" Garufi
is taking the next step in being a leader in his community.
Today, as he stood in a grassy lot behind
the Coyote Cantina Mexican Restaurant,
Steve announced his candidacy for mayor of Johnson Village in next year's election.
(alt. 7,854 feet) is typically known as a "dot on the map" with a motel, two gas stations, a restaurant
and a truck stop along the highway. Additionally, the view of
Mt. Princeton and the
Sawatch Mountains as one approaches Johnson Village is considered stunning.
"But the problem is there are others who only associate Johnson Village
with the prison and a place to fill their tank with gas as they go to
That's got to change and the change starts with me."
contended Steve, as he wore a dark red
Arkansas Razorbacks shirt.
Steve's qualifications include that he has hiked
many mountains and obscure peaks
east of Johnson Village. He also eats at the Coyote Cantina
frequently. Furthermore, when Steve lived in Manitou Springs,
the eccentric 30-something sat through countless
boring city council meetings
because he lacked a social life.
Steve offered three specific campaign positions that he intends
to pursue if elected:
1) Have the prison inmates build a median in the center of the highway. They will
care for and maintain flowers
and other pretty seasonal plants.
2) Shoot off fireworks
in the parking lot of the Gunsmoke
Truck Stop on the first Saturday of every month.
3) Bring back the roulette wheel to the front room of the
Coyote Cantina. (Currently the roulette wheel is located in the bar area in the back.)
Left Photo: The stunning view of Mt. Princeton
seen from the highway in Johnson Village.
Steve stated he will not spend any campaign money, and will rely on "word of mouth" to earn people's votes. He
also intends to knock on the doors of all homes including each trailer in the
large trailer home
complex north of the highway.
Reactions about the news have varied among the public.
David Samuelson, a long-time resident who enjoys visiting this web site, stated "I don't think there's a man
in our community who
promotes this area
as much as Steve. He'll put Johnson Village on the map."
Paul Forrest, a Johnson Village gas attendant seemed less enthused about Steve's candidacy.
"Something bothers me about him.
He's a flaky attention seeker like Sarah Palin, and he has an annoying personality
that reminds me of Al Gore when he ran for President. I don't think I can vote for him."
Steve acknowledged he might not receive everyone's vote, but he stood firm in his optimism.
"Let's put flowers in the center of the highway. Let's shoot fireworks at the
truck stop. And let's
bring the roulette wheel to it's rightful place in the front.
I know we can make Johnson Village great again."
Photos of Johnson Village, Colorado
A view of the Gunsmoke Travel Plaza (the only truck stop in Chaffee County) with a
mountain known as Triad Ridge in the background.
Highway 24 & 285 as seen from the west end of Johnson Village.
This photo was taken during a hike of Limestone Ridge.
A beautiful view of Midland Hill with homes in the foreground.
The one and only roulette wheel that is currently in the bar area of the Coyote Cantina
For years, it was situated in the entrance room of the restaurant.