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._________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._______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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I am the President of the Colorado Springs Area Labor Council, Treasurer of IBEW 113, and the Vice President of the Colorado AFL-CIO. The Air Force brought me to Colorado in 1997 where I was stationed at Cheyenne Mountain Air Station. I am now a Journeyman Electrician.
Housing that people can afford has clearly demonstrated itself as a pressing concern for our residents. Currently there is a major shortage in the housing market, with limited options available for entry level working families, and even long term working families on the lower end of the wage spectrum. We need to ensure that our urban development plan is inclusive enough to promote a broad range of housing options, and that the appropriate concerned entities are actively engaged with the county building a wide variety of housing options.
There also has been concern about mining along the front range. Any group that wishes to mine in the area needs to ensure that they have a proven track record of cleaning up their prior mines before being granted a new permit.
Homelessness is a pressing concern for many of our brothers and sisters. This is a major county issue that needs to be handled through our public health offices.
The intersection of TABOR and Gallagher has created a unique funding situation for the county and state. Therefore, priorities must be placed on critical services that prevent ballooning costs in the future. Much expense can be avoided with proper planning instead of responding to problems after they have become untenable. Whether it is by focusing too much on law enforcement and punishment instead of intervention and rehabilitation, or by shuffling our homeless population around until the strain upon our services becomes greater than the cost of handling their plight outright.
We must also stop allowing people to take advantage of the services that the county provides. When a new development goes in, the developer must be accountable for the increase in the infrastructure they are contributing to. Whether it is a new fire district, better roads, or schooling, these costs should not be shoveled off on the taxpayers.
- Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering
- Masters Degree in International Relations
- Masters Degree in Strategic Planning/Budgeting
- 28 Years Service in the US Air Force
- Small Business Owner
- Skier, Mountaineer, Pilot
- Disabled Combat Veteran
- Married, Two Children
- Over 35 years in public budgeting and public policy
- Over 20 years running large/complex public organizations
- Extensive Board experience - on 17 boards presently, experience with over 50 boards
- Former international treaty negotiator
- Served in Iraq, Germany, and Korea
101 Ellsworth Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
PUBLIC SAFETY - Improved emergency response to reduce fire/flood risk with new Regional Office of Emergency Management. Fully funded Sheriff's Office - critical to safety!
INFRASTRUCTURE - Helped repave UTE pass, revitalize West Colorado Avenue, fix the GAP, increase broadband access, buy new repaving/repair vehicles, added millions to road budget without raising taxes.
ECONOMY - Helped over 30,000 people find JOBS as Chair of PPWFC Board. Established second COVID safe PPWFC site on N. Academy to help more.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING - Enacted Tiny Home legislation. Worked to increase single/multi-family housing - 4,500 downtown units now planned.
COVID - Created Community Economic Response Team (CERT) to coordinate COVID response. Helped safely open over 5,000 companies. Supported CARES ACT funding distribution to our cities. Funded $12.6 million County Small Business Relief Fund. Kept County services open, prevented outbreaks at our facilities, retained all employees.
My Goals - my priorities and statutory balanced budgets will guide my decisions.
PUBLIC SAFETY: Will continue to reduce fire/flood risk, support alternative courts, fully fund Sheriff's Office.
INFRASTRUCTURE: Will continue to fund roads, bridges, broadband, and recapitalization of the vehicle fleet. Recent successes are real and tangible but there is more to do. As Vice Chair of PPACG, will lead regional efforts to address infrastructure across three Counties and several Cities.
ECONOMY: Will fully fund the Workforce Center, support small business development, provide support to south east C. Springs, use tax increment financing (TIF) for multi-family downtown development, continue strategic County planning efforts, and provide job opportunities.
COVID: Continue COVID response into 2021 until vaccine in use. Support funding Public Health, our 2nd Workforce Center Site to help people get back to work, and other efforts to open businesses. People need jobs to put food on the table.