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Douglas County Commissioner District 1

Douglas County’s three-member Board of County Commissioners is the main policy-making body in the County and works to represent the interests of the citizens of Douglas County at local, state, and national levels. Commissioners are elected at large from one of three geographic districts for four-year staggered terms. In Douglas County, Commissioners are limited to serving two four-year terms.

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    Mary Lynch

Biographical Information

What policies would you prioritize as county commissioner?

How would you work with municipalities and special districts to benefit Douglas County?

How would your skills and experience serve the best interests of county residents and businesses?

How would you improve the economic stewardship of Douglas County resources?

How do you see the role of county commissioner in setting or implementing water policies?

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Contact phone 720-580-2194
Background 5th gen Coloradoan // Colorado College graduate with a degree in Business Administration, emphasis in Accounting // Licensed Nurse with five years of healthcare administration // Real Estate broker with 20+ years experience // I'm not a professional politician! I am a professional problem solver!
Twitter @Lynch4Dougco
I would like to prioritize public health through prudent, organized, eco-friendly, financially responsible growth. I believe healthy communities are architected with ample public spaces, multi-modal transportation, and community involvement.

I believe if we continue to develop Douglas County at its current pace, we are doing a grave disservice to the people of Douglas County. The County Commissioners owe their allegiance to the people who live in Douglas County today, not the ones who will come tomorrow.

Traffic continues to be an issue with more roads a questionable answer. Because of our altitude, some studies suggest actual small particle pollution condensation caused by automobile transportation may be up to 1.5 times higher than previously thought! We must address the air pollution levels of the I-25 corridor and think twice about the auto-centric high-density suburbia which the County continues to build.
I would work with the County Attorney to understand the limits of our current inter-governmental agreements as it relates to inter-municipality and inter-county development and traffic. Many residents who live in areas that cross borders feel frustrated at the County's response to increased building and traffic congestion caused by growth outside of Douglas County.

We need to closely work with our neighbors to ensure that the true cost of growth is accounted for before a parcel is approved for development.

Douglas County has more kids under 18 than Denver.

Consequently, I feel that the County has an extra responsibility to protect and nurture our children through cost effective and accessible healthcare and social services outreach.

As many people know, the suicide rate of Colorado youth is at an all-time high. We need outreach services which help these at-risk kids build relationships rather than reinforce their isolation. As an experienced Nurse and parent, I know that public health for children is essential for creating a thriving community, as well as developing our future workforce.

Schools, hospitals, and jails are often places where serious social problems manifest. I will work with the schools, the Sheriff's Office, and emergency medical facilities within Douglas County to create mental health outreach programs that help identify people in need before it becomes a crisis. We want to help people before they feel helpless.
I believe that Douglas County, through its rapid pace of growth, has put the County in a precarious position should there be another economic downturn.

As a Real Estate broker, I can tell you that during the recession of 2008, northern Denver – which had experienced extremely rapid growth at that time – also endured the highest foreclosure rates during the housing downturn.

A county with high foreclosure rates produces less property tax revenue and is a county under financial stress. As a community, we need to take the time to allow homeowners to build equity, and for the County to absorb the true, total debt incurred by new development. Too many new homes with low equity leads to owners who more readily default, and that hurts everyone.

Sensible, steady growth builds value for everyone.
The County must require that all its communities become good water stewards. I would like the County to ensure that even homes supplied by well water measure their water consumption. You cannot improve what you do not measure and do not monitor.

I believe that County Commissioners must recognize that water is a scarce and shared resource, and act accordingly.

The County Commissioner office has zoning approval for new projects which should include a requirement for renewable water. Although water policy is set at the state level, the County still has control over how many "straws" go into the aquifers that support most of its citizens.