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Archuleta County Commissioner Dist 2

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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Background Natalie Carpenter is a 27-year resident of Pagosa Springs, a mother, Systems Engineer and IT consultant. She has served on 2 local boards, 2 as president, and has volunteered with over 20 local nonprofits. Her state and national board training includes strategic planning and financial management.
Dirección postal PO Box 2127
Contact phone 970-447-2747
Correo electrónico
Archuleta County needs full-time commissioners who will commit to serving the needs of county residents. I will work with staff to clearly present the financial state of our county to the public, present a comprehensive road repair plan that utilizes materials and techniques that work for our area, use technology to involve the public in decisions that impact them, and ensure our county has a strategic growth plan that can be followed to guide us into the future.

As a County commissioner, I will honor the history and heritage of our unique area, advocate for affordable housing, support our business owners, be a good steward of our natural resources, protect our property rights while prioritizing smart and strategic growth, LISTEN to residents and voters, communicate decisions being made, and ensure our tax dollars are being spent wisely and prudently. I will make serving the county my FULL TIME JOB and will EARN the salary being paid.
I have 27 years of experience working with county residents and business of all income levels and sizes and I understand the diverse needs of our community. Weighing the needs of the county as a whole, listening to our hard-working staff who are unique experts in their departments, and gathering public input will guide me when making county financial decisions.

Through years of previous board experience I have training in strategic and financial planning, budgeting, and business plans. I was a single mother for over ten years and know the importance of fiscal prudence and wise budgeting. As a Systems Engineer I am a strategic planner: I look at spending from multiple angles, do intensive research on the subject, gather input from others, look for alternate solutions, and put together comprehensive plans that include short-term and long-term impacts of a decision.

You can count on Natalie Carpenter to spend our tax dollars wisely and prudently.

Background Life resident,Fair board 4 yr, Retired Captain volunteer fire dept,Board of director for fire dist 8 yr,Pension director 8 yr, School Dist accountability committee 1 yr, Town planning director 4 yr, Currently Archuleta County commissioner for dist 2. Asking to serve the county 4 more years dist 2.
Contact phone 970-903-0546
My priority will always be the budget by keeping it balanced for a good audit. Also, another priority is to maintain a strong focus on the county's capital facilities needs and to utilize the resources that are available to the Commissioners to meet the needs of our county - as long as we can do so while staying within the budget. Also to do the best to replenish the strategic reserves as we will need to use some to build the court house.
The main factor will be the economy. As we all know with COVID-19, the future will be very different and difficult to predict. We will have to make all of our expenditure decisions with strong scrutiny to see if we are able to get them done or not. We all may be headed for tough times and as a Commissioner, I will be very conservative in all of the decisions that will be brought before us.