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Adams County Commissioner Dist 5

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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    LYNN BACA
    (D)

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    PHILIP COVARRUBIAS
    (R)

Biographical Information

What are your top priorities for the county and how will you address them?

What factors will guide your financial and budgeting decisions?

Background I'm a second-generation Adams County native and live in Brighton. Former Brighton City Council (2012-2016, 2017-2020); former Chair of the Adams County Transportation Committee and North Area Transportation Alliance; community volunteer and advocate for open space, trails and farmland preservation.
Contact phone (303) 478-2145
Adams County has surpassed 500,000 residents and we are one of the fastest growing counties in Colorado. Every resident in Adams County is deserving to live in safe neighborhoods, earn a living and have the best quality of life. I want to assure residents, especially in this time of COVID, that I support our communities and residents. I will be a collaborator and work with our school districts, non-profits. city and community leaders to assure that the needs in their community are met. Next, I will work with my colleagues to address new and aging infrastructure focusing on those populations that are under served. With the support of my colleagues, I will continue to work with our regional partners to advocate transit needs in Adams County. Lastly, I support the quality of life for current and future residents through safe communities, outdoor recreation, trails and parks. I am a strong advocate of the Adams County Open Space program as it benefits current and future generations.
One of the primary functions of the Board of County Commissioners is establishing the annual budget. Our families work hard, and the budget needs to be reflective of what they value and expect from county services.

Given the financial impact of COVID, every decision that we make needs to be sustainable for the short and long term. The following factors will influence my financial and budget decisions: • Funding services that are most needed and impact our most vulnerable in Adams County, including our Human Services Department and assistance programs. • Funding for critical county operations ensuring safe communities, transportation and infrastructure. • Planning, funding and building our outdoor recreation spaces for current and future generations — including parks, trails and open space.
Background Covarrubias graduated from Arvada High School & served in the U.S. Marine Corps. His professional experience includes helping build the construction company CCSI and working as a foreman for Xcel Energy. He has served on the planning commission for Brighton and as State Representative for HD 56.
Antecedentes Covarrubias se sirvió en el Cuerpo de Marines de los Estados Unidos. Su experiencia profesional incluye ayudar a construir la empresa de construcción CCSI y trabajar como capataz para Xcel Energy. Ha servido en la comisión de planificación de Brighton y como Representa estatal de HD 56.
Contact phone 720-402-9469
Teléfono 720-402-9469
Adams County is a diverse county, with urban to rural areas. First, we must ensure a safe communities. Local law enforcement has mandates handed down at the state level for which counties are expected to pick up the tab. It is important the county provides the funds for equipment like body cameras, training and other mandates to provide safe neighborhoods.

The recently passed moratorium on the oil and gas industry in Adams County is an opportunity to address many of the challenges listed above. The moratorium does not make sense in the current and future economic climate. With so many unemployed, a desire to restart the economy, the clean-burning fuel of natural gas, and need for public revenues to provide community services and infrastructure, the oil and gas industry should not be banished from our county. I would also promote smart and responsible growth practices and acknowledge that each region of the county has different needs when it comes to growth and affordable housing.
I think there is great opportunity in looking at all the county’s budgets to find where opportunity lies to re-prioritize funds to ensure the needs of residents are being addressed. While there are always many needs and many hands open for public funds, it is the Commission’s duty to ensure that their budgets reflect the most pressing issues facing the community. I will focus my efforts on ensuring that current and future infrastructure projects reflect the needs of the county's citizens rather than special interest groups. Infrastructure projects should focus on not only building new roads and facilities, but also on ensuring the current roads and facilities are in good condition. Finally, I will take a deep dive into the staffing structure of the county to see if there is a need to balance administrative and service functions. On the revenue side, I hope to focus on smart economic growth to build the coffers, rather than tax increases.