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La Plata County Commissioner Dist 3

Responsibilities of the office: County Commissioners in Colorado are responsible for adopting the county budget; declaring county emergencies; entering into contracts; purchasing, maintaining and selling county property; providing human services; authority for roadways, land use and zoning in unincorporated areas; developing and implementing county policy; supervision of the County Administrator and staff; and working in cooperation with other elected county officials and municipal officials within the county.Term for each seat: Four years. Limit is two consecutive four-year terms.How Elected: County Commissioners are elected at large by all eligible voters within the county but a candidate must live within their specific district._________Comisionados del Condado Responsabilidades del Cargo: Los comisionados del condado de Colorado son responsables de adoptar el presupuesto del condado; declarar emergencias del condado; gestionar contratos; comprar, mantener, y vender propiedades del condado; proporcionar servicios humanos; autoridad para carreteras, y el uso de tierras y la zonificación de zonas no incorporadas; desarrollar e implementar políticas del condado; supervisar al Administrador y al personal del condado; y trabajar en cooperación con otros funcionarios electos del condado y funcionarios municipales dentro del condado.Term for each seat: Four years. Limit is two consecutive four-year terms.El mandato de cada cargo: Cuatro años. El limite es dos mandatos consecutivos de cuatro años._______ELECTION INFO: General Election ballots will start to be mailed on October 9th, 2020. Voter Service and Polling Centers open on Monday, October 19th, 2020. Ballots must be received via mail or at drop-off no later than Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020, by 7 pm. If you have not received your ballot or need a replacement, contact your local Clerk & Recorder Elections OfficeINFROMACIÓN SOBRE LAS ELECCIONES: Las papeletas de votación para las Elecciones Generales empezarán a ser enviadas el 9 de octubre del 2020. Los Centros de Servicios Electorales se abren el lunes, 19 de octubre del 2020. Las papeletas electorales deben ser enviadas por correo o entregadas en un centro de entrega a más tardar a las 7pm el martes, 3 de noviembre del 2020. Si no ha recibido su papeleta electoral o necesita un reemplazo, comuníquese con su Funcionario Oficial de la Oficina de Elecciones local

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    Charles Minkler
    (UA)

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    Matthew Salka
    (D)

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Background 4th generation Coloradan. Lived in La Plata county since 1982. Past president of Local Home Builder's Association, Past president of La Plata County Farm Bureau, Graduate of Leadership La Plata, Member of core group of La Plata Civil Dialog, 6th year on La Plata County Planning Commission.
Contact phone 9707496304
Housing affordability. I support existing programs like Homes Fund and Housing Solutions. I support the reinvigoration of the Regional Housing Authority. It will provide more paths to affordability. I will make sure that our new land use code will encourage the kind of density required for affordability to be achieved. My vision is to work to bridge the affordability wage gap, through better jobs spurred by economic development. I will work to generate a business friendly environment that allows businesses to move to Durango, and stay in Durango, creating career type jobs and wages for our residents. I will work hard to keep Durango a vibrant and affordable place to live for future generations. What makes La Plata County so great is our blend of Urban, Rural and ranching traditions and the diverse blend of cultures present here. Each brings a vibrant contribution to our economy and lifestyle. I will bring people together to protect our unique environment and common experience.
As a business owner in La Plata County for over 38 years, I know what it means to meet payroll every week, and prosper in both lean times and good times. I am fiscally conservative, but not afraid to make wise investments that will benefit the residents of La Plata County by bringing better housing and employment opportunities.
Background Mayor of Bayfield (4 Years) Secretary of La Plata Economic Alliance (5 Years) Town Trustee of Bayfield (2 Years) Planning Commission Town of Bayfield (4 Years) Currently own two small businesses (15 years)
Mailing Address PO Box 45
Bayfield, CO 81122
Contact phone 970-444-2210
I believe there are ways to create affordable and attainable housing for first time homebuyers, and I want to be a part of that. My experience with Bayfield’s planning commission has helped me understand that there needs to be a better relationship between, developers, landowners, and government. Infrastructure, county roads and bridges need to stay maintained. I helped lead Bayfield’s water plant expansion at no additional cost to town residents. I helped secure a 1 million dollar grant for a water line replacement project. As Commissioner, I will seek grants, strategic partnerships, and always look out for La Plata’s best interests. Quality jobs, we need both larger employers with well-paying jobs, as well as infrastructure that serves our many entrepreneurs cost-effectively. I know the hard work that goes into attracting and retaining businesses. I am committed to pursuing more opportunities for our community and ensuring that future growth is equitable and benefits all.
What's important to residents of La Plata County? What services benefit our residents? What needs to be addressed right away? I have a lot of experience working on a tight budget and making sure the needs of the residents are met. Listen to the people of La Plata County and be well-versed on all the many services La Plata County provides. As an elected official, I believe in governing responsibly with a balanced budget. It comes from my experience as a small business owner and is a big part of my approach as a public servant. As the Mayor of Bayfield and trustee, I have kept a balanced budget over my 6 years tenure. As County Commissioner, you can count on me to govern within our means and to keep our expenses and revenue balanced.