Art Goodtimes is a celebrated American poet, farmer and politician in Colorado. Goodtimes was first elected to the San Miguel County Board of Commissioners in 1996 as a Democrat. He switched to the Green Party of Colorado in 1998 and was re-elected in 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012. He is a noted poet and writer of several books, the poet laureate of the Telluride Mushroom Festival as well as one of its central organizers. His numerous activities always aim at improving the quality of life in the community, his all inclusive open, communicative attitude helps bridge the gap between often deeply divided political fractions. Many Non-Profits in and far beyond the region benefit from his vast experience and active participation in their programs.