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Jefferson County Commissioner Dist 1

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.CANDIDATE FORUM VIDEO (recorded on 10/12/20)is available to view at https://youtu.be/5dRy82UnLzQ_________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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    TRACY KRAFT-THARP
    (D)

  • HANS ROMER
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    LIBBY SZABO
    (R)

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?

Background I worked at Family Tree as Director of Adolescent Services and Battered Women Services, and had my own business working with nonprofits and small businesses. I’ve been the HD 29 legislator for 8 years. Also served on District Accountability committee, Jeffco Schools,and Arvada Human Resouces commit
Contact phone 303-421-2787
Twitter @Tkth
In these times, the trifecta of priorities is COVID 19, economic recovery and racial equity. Living in COVID times means tracking and sharing of data, education of prevention techniques such as masks, testing and tracking. I believe that as consumer confidence increases, we will see our economy recovery. The county has provided aid to businesses through CARES dollars and PEP. Consumer confidence increases as public health guidelines are understood and followed. Racial equity will increase with review of contracts and policies for racial equity, diversity and inclusion.
Budgets are always the result of balance and the weighing of the pros & cons related to a number of competing issues. However, with that said - families and small businesses are the most vulnerable during times like this COVID Pandemic. For my first year, my focus and sensitivities will be on their side of the scale.

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Background Wife, Mom, Grandma, Business Owner. Colorado native. Lived in Jefferson County since I was Ten years old. Community volunteer.
Contact phone 720-260-4722
Twitter @libbyszabo
My top priorities are health and safety for all citizens in these unprecedented times we live in. Everyone should have the confidence that their community is safe and that their leaders are focused on the unique needs during the pandemic. Finding the balance in recovering from COVID-19 safely and giving our businesses a fighting chance to survive is crucial. I want to make sure that we find that sweet spot to make sure our community continues to thrive while staying safe and healthy. Finding out-of-the-box transportation solutions is vitally important. In the past few years there have been many attempts to find a solution to a statewide transportation problem. We need to start thinking outside-the-box, to maybe a regional or countywide solution to make sure we continue to have safe roads and bridges for travel. I will continue to push those commonsense solutions at DRCOG and at the JEFFTAAG meetings like I always have.

Making sure the citizens have a voice in their county government.
My decisions are always made with the Jeffco citizen in mind and what they have told me about what they want for their community. Their hard-earned tax dollars are precious and should be spent with that in mind. There are certain things that are constant in Jeffco -- safe communities, great schools, and a top-notch Open Space program. We need to make sure that we listen and learn from the community on what is important to them and in turn make sure we prioritize to provide those things that are vital to our constituents. Budget prioritization for the Fairgrounds is a good example of this. Our community spoke loud and clear that they wanted to protect the agriculture and equine heritage we have in Jeffco. Consequently, we found a way to ensure that would happen.