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Douglas County Commissioner District 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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What is your position on being a member of Tri-County Health Department? Please explain.

Background Lisa is the former Chief Innovation Officer for the Colorado State Attorney General. With 25+ years as a visionary senior technology, strategy, operations and legal executive, Lisa is also a community builder with a track record of fighting for those unable to fight for themselves.
Contact phone (720) 730-3101
Twitter @lisanealgraves
I am a candidate for Douglas County Commissioner District 2, running to solve the complex problems facing our residents and county with innovative solutions. My vision is to build a stronger sense of community and ensure the unprecedented growth in our county is managed with a sustainable balance between our residents, open spaces, and wildlife. My top priorities are economic recovery and development focused on building an infrastructure to support businesses in our county, addressing the deficiency in our communications infrastructure highlighted by the pandemic, establishing a youth commission that includes the voice of our young voters who are often not at the table for policy decisions that affect them, working with experts in water and environmental policy to ensure that we create and implement a strategy for a sustainable balance between our residential development, open spaces, and wildlife.
I am an executive leader with strategic vision and the ability to roll up my sleeves and participate in getting real work done. I am a disciplined decision-maker who researches facts, consults with experts, and communicates with those that will be impacted by the decisions. Key factors that guide my financial and budgetary decisions are (1) fiscal responsibility, (2) constituent accountability, and (3) obligations that are in the best interests of our county as a whole.
I’m a successful corporate executive within key Fortune 50, mid-growth, startup, and nonprofit organizations, as well as a community volunteer. My background spans the tech industry, legal field, and government service from Oregon to New Jersey to China to Colorado. I have a proven track record as a complex problem solver focused on strategy, change management, and long-term planning. I am a collaborative team leader, trusted advisor, and a skilled negotiator. As County Commissioner, I will draw on my breadth of experience working with people from different backgrounds with different perspectives to work with my fellow commissioners to develop policy that best serves the people of Douglas County.
I believe the future of Douglas County’s health services should be consistent, efficient, and meet the needs of county residents and businesses. With Tri-County Health, we have an opportunity to build on a 54-year relationship of TCHD meeting our needs, to create a culture of innovation, and to ensure the expansion of services and improvement of delivery. I’d like to see TCHD expand to include a better mental health strategy. Douglas County has one of the highest rates of teen suicide in the country, which is incredibly disconcerting. We need to urgently address mental health generally and teen suicide specifically with a focus on examining systemic causes. In short, given the number of services offered by TCHD, the cost to the county for those services, and the fact that we are in the midst of a pandemic, we should remain a member and work with the organization on the concerns that we have while creating a long term strategy for what we want our health department to be in the future.
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