By JOE ZEMBA Cherry Road Media
Timothy Kanbenshue, of La Junta, recently announced his intent to run for Otero County Commissioner, District 2.
District 2 is the largest geographic district of Otero County, encompassing the eastern most portion of La Junta, all of Swink, and the southern portion of Rocky Ford.
Kanbenshue is a 1989 graduate of Smoky Hill High School in Aurora and received an Associate of Arts degree from Otero Junior College, A Bachelor of Science in Political Science degree from the University of Wyoming, and a master’s degree in Human Performance and Physical Education from Adams State University in Alamosa.
Kanbenshue is a retired Captain in the Colorado State Patrol, where he was employed for 25 years, 1995-2020.
He has served as assistant baseball coach at Otero Junior College from 1998-2003, assistant softball coach at Otero Junior College from 2012-2016, Child Development Services Environmental Safety Specialist from January-September 2021, is the Co-Director of Southeast Colorado Fellowship of Christian athletes, where he has served in a voluntary role, is the current Otero College assistant baseball coach, a role he has held since September 2021, and serves as a Deacon at First Southern Baptist Church in La Junta.
“I have lived and worked in Southeast Colorado for my entire career with the Colorado State Patrol, and I want to continue to help sustain and grow our Otero County communities, and maintain a safe, rural way of life,” said Knabenshue of his decision to run for Otero County Commissioner. “Having served the citizens of the State of Colorado and Otero County for over 25 years, I want to continue serving the citizens as an Otero County Commissioner using the knowledge and experience I’ve obtained while working with the various resources to continue to move Otero County in a positive direction.” Knabenshue has been married to his wife, Susan (Steele) Knabenshue, for 28 years and is the father of three children; Jordin (27), married Alex, an Air Force Academy graduate who is living and serving in Florida, and are expecting their first child; Josh (23), married to Claire, and lives in Littleton, where he works as a Pharmacy Technician, and; Karlee (13), a seventh grade student who is interested in gymnastics, reading. and art. Knabenshue can be contacted by emailing [email protected], or by visiting his Facebook page, Kanbenshue for Otero County Commissioner, 2022, or Twitter, [email protected] Electknabenshue.