Huerfano 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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What are your top priorities for the county and how will you address them?
What factors will guide your financial and budgeting decisions?
Job Creation: I believe I possess the abilities and connections necessary to create jobs in Huerfano County and bring positive contributors to our community. I believe my personal track record alone is proof that job creation is in demand and that with training and support there is no lack of skilled and talented workforce in our area.
Affordable Housing: As a local realtor I understand the shortage of housing for sale and for rent as much if not more than most. I believe that as a County Commissioner I can help bridge the gap between investors, builders, and government entities which would in turn increase the amount of homes available for sale and for rent in Huerfano County.
Equality: I have spent my entire life ensuring equality for all and creating checks and balances to allow processes to be both above board and transparent.
Business Retention and Stability: As a CO-Founder of the Spanish Peaks Business Alliance, I understand the importance of supporting & developing businesses
Budget Analysis: I understand, manage, and actually enjoy budget analysis. I have the ability to recognize where funds can be reallocated to allow optimal success while utilizing the funds that already exist within a currently proposed budget. I understand you have to spend money to make money but I also have a deep sense of financial preservation to ensure longevity and sustainability for years to come.
A proven leader in the County with years of accomplishments on Planning Comm’n, Water Conservancy Dist , County Mineral Lease Dist, La Veta Fire Protection Dist, County Historical Soc, RMAC (County Recovery Cmte) La Veta Methodist Ch. Married, 3 children. Degrees: engineering, law, and management.
Already a poor rural county, Huerfano is recovering from fire, flood and pandemic. The immediate priority is to continue recovery through working with the county’s recovery manager, our health department and other local governments within the county. The long-term priority is to achieve prosperity by developing and executing a strategic plan addressing matters important to the County like roads, water, employment, housing, public safety high speed broadband, recreation, tourism, wildfire mitigation, population, land use and revenue generation – all while maximizing benefits to the human environment and minimizing impacts to the natural environment. This will be expensive and the County has a tight budget. Yet, the County has obtained substantial out-of-county funding. The new Commissioners and Administrator must focus on doing more. Having secured over $6M of grants and low interest loans for other Huerfano governments, I know how it is done.
The 2020 County budget is $17.4 million; less than 30% from local revenue. The overarching factor in budget decisions is maintaining a balanced budget. Major capital projects (judicial center, jail) underway must be carefully scrutinized. Most departmental line items are now very lean. Some cry for enlargement, specifically public safety. Some may need adjustment. In 2020 some 73% of revenue is expected to come from outside the County. During the reopening following the COVID-19 shutdown, the County may lose part or all of the substantial funding which comes from the federal government or from the state. That may mean reductions in essential services and an increased need for outside funding.
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