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Douglas County Commissioner District 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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    LORA THOMAS
    (R)

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    DARIEN WILSON
    (D)

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?

What qualifications and experience do you bring to this position that will help the County Commissioners work together as a team?

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

Background Ms. Thomas is a Colorado native who's earned an AA degree/Criminal Justice, a BS degree/Business with Finance emphasis and an MBA from Regis. She retired from the State Patrol as a Major with 26 years of service. Thomas served as the DougCo Coroner 2011-2015, and is now a DougCo Commissioner.
Contact phone 3038957299
Twitter @LoraThomasCO
I have worked to set Douglas County on a course to realize its coming-of-age as one of Colorado’s premier counties, and I wish to see the full realization of that vision. I have focused on three closely- intertwined projects: 1) the creation of, and planning for, the new 23rd Judicial District comprised of Elbert and Lincoln Counties with Douglas County as the anchor, which will provide residents of those counties with greater value for judicial services starting in January 2025; 2) a new governance model for Douglas County’s public health department in which Douglas County’s own residents will make public health decisions that best serve their own needs; and 3) improved infrastructure for transportation and water. After more than half a century, it is time Douglas County’s services, planning and infrastructure rise to meet the needs of county of more than 370,000 residents.
My financial and budgeting decisions have always been guided by my formal education, which includes a BS degree in Business with emphasis in Finance and an MBA. I also have ten years of executive-level budgeting at the Colorado State Patrol, four years of experience as the County Coroner where I successfully shrunk a bloated annual budget of $1.2M to less than $900,000, and four years of experience overseeing and approving the nearly-half-billion-dollar budget for Douglas County Government. Setting and maintaining priorities is essential, and in 2017 my fellow commissioners and I established Douglas County's six core priorities: Public Safety, Transportation, Health & Human Services, County Services, Economic Foundations and Historic & Natural Resources. As a 28-year resident of Douglas County, I know the county's history, roads, neighborhoods, businesses and people. Proven Leadership and Trusted Experience make me effective in the critical areas of finance and budget
In my long experience, I've found that individuals with a passion for Servant Leadership are the most successful, and this job must always be about the citizens. In my decades-long experience in public service, my understanding of the workings of government has made me successful in getting real results that benefit those I serve. I have built important working relationships not only in Douglas County, but across Colorado during my service with CSP and Douglas County; I know this state and how to cooperate with many communities, rural and urban, mountain and plains. I have a strong work ethic; throughout the COVID-19 outbreak I’ve been in my office every day, working with staff and stakeholders to get and keep Douglas County open and working again. I have a great working relationship with the entire team of Douglas County government, from commissioners to laborers. I realize that everyone brings unique talents to the table and maximizing those strengths is the key future success.
When Douglas County joined Tri-County Health (TCHD) in 1966, our population was 5,000. Our population is now over 370,000. So while it has been clear for some time that we have outgrown any past advantage of a multi-county public health arrangement, challenges brought by the COVID outbreak made the one-size-fits-all model for three very diverse counties not only impractical, but problematic. The problems and difficulties arising from the unique public health needs of Douglas County being largely discounted/ignored made it necessary for my fellow commissioners and I to vote to withdraw from TCHD on July 9. The essential question in this decision was whether public health decisions for DougCo residents should be made by Adams and Arapahoe County citizens—of course they should not. It is long past time for DougCo residents to have sole control over their own public health decisions. DougCo requires a public health governance model run by residents of DougCo for residents of DougCo.
Background Darien Wilson is a local small-business owner and Douglas County mom who will put politics aside to protect our health and safety. Darien will use science, data and facts to make good public policy that protects our lives. She won’t use politics to attack doctors and nurses working to save lives.
Dirección postal 9457 S University Blvd. #214 Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
Contact phone 720-509-1565
Teléfono 720-509-1565
Correo electrónico Darien@Darien4Commish.com
Twitter @darien4commish
—HEALTH— Increase support for mental health and public safety, including common sense gun safety. We need to make it easier for families to connect to mental health supports BEFORE they are in crisis. And now that we're in the midst of a pandemic, the importance of placing public health as a top priority is even more clear. —JOBS— No one likes traffic. Additional road construction is necessary, but transportation isn't the only answer. We must take a multi-pronged approach, including attracting companies that bring high-paying jobs into Douglas County and ongoing improvement and enhancement of communications infrastructure so people can successfully work and learn from home. — CONSERVATION — Our family chose to make Douglas County home because our quality of life here is second to none - and I'd like to keep it that way for future generations. I will preserve, protect, and promote our beautiful open spaces, and ensure clean air and sustainable water sources.
When making decisions such as breaking off from TriCounty Health and creating our own health department, we must be fiscally responsible and take the time to commission a study to explore what it will cost, and gather input from the community in a robust and transparent manner. Currently, the budgeting process is not clear to the public, and though the $465 million budget is technically available for the public to peruse, it is not written in a way that makes sense. When I'm commissioner, input from the community will guide the process of determining budget priorities.
During the past two decades, I have founded two businesses and built them from the ground up into award-winning businesses, in the manufacturing and technology sectors. I sold my first business to found my current business, a software consultancy. I am a mom of three, ages 9, 16, and 20, and a lifelong volunteer and leader in the community. I am a member of the Northwest Douglas County Chamber and Economic Development Corporation. I have been chair of three different School Accountability Committees in Douglas County School District. My endorsements include people across the political spectrum, former supervisers, co-workers, and employees, leaders in the business and healthcare industries, people I've volunteered alongside, and many current and former elected officials.
Sharing resources with two other counties is fiscally responsible. Douglas County has benefitted from economies of scale by being part of TriCounty Health for 54 years. The cost per capita of TriCounty Health is the next-to-least expensive health department along the Front Range. The decision to announce intent to leave without a plan or any idea of what it would cost was reckless and fiscally irresponsible, and especially dangerous during a recession and a pandemic. It is particularly frightening that this move was made due to the mask mandate, which has proven to reduce transmission of the virus. Decisions about public health should be made by public health experts, not politicians, and these decisions should be based on science, data, and facts.