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Larimer County Commissioner Dist 2

Kristin Stephens is the unofficial winner of this election. For complete unofficial results, go to 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.Watch the Candidate Forum HERE. Note: This forum also covers the Larimer County Commissioners Candidates for Districts 3 and CO District Attorney for the 8th Judicial 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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Biographical Information

What unique qualities, talents, and experiences qualify you for the position of Larimer County Commissioner?

What is your position on expanding the number of county commissioners from 3 to 5? Please explain.

What three issues are most critical to ensure a sustainable future for the county?

Please explain your vision for the future pertaining to land use decisions and water requirements.

What role, if any, does the county commissioners have in supporting affordable housing? Please explain.

Background I grew up in a small town in Southern Colorado, and have lived in Larimer County for over 30 years. I have raised my 3 children in Southwest Fort Collins, close to our beautiful foothills. My family has a legacy of community service, and I currently serve as Mayor Pro Tem in Fort Collins.
Antecedentes Crecí en una pequeña ciudad en el sur de Colorado y he vivido en el condado de Larimer durante más de 30 años. Crié a mis 3 hijos en el suroeste de Fort Collins, cerca de nuestras hermosas colinas. Mi familia tiene un legado de servicio comunitario.
Dirección postal 1911 Enfield Ct. Fort Collins, CO 80526
Contact phone 970-581-7580
Teléfono 970-581-7580
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I have served on the Fort Collins City Council for 5 years and was appointed as Mayor Pro Tem last year. I have also served as the Chair of the Poudre Fire Authority and represent the City on the North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization where I have worked on regional transportation planning and local air quality issues. On the national level, I serve as the Vice Chair of the National League of Cities’ Human Development Committee and was recently appointed to serve on the Joint Committee on Homelessness. Prior to serving on City Council, I served on two different county boards that focus on children and family services. During my time on City Council, I have worked on local, county, regional and national issues, and have developed strong working relationships with leaders across many jurisdictions. I have experience with policy making, budgeting and leading my community through a pandemic which have all prepared me to lead on day one.
The advantage of having 5 commissioners would be that you could have a more diverse board with more diversity of thought. For too long, the Board of County Commissioners has looked and sounded the same, and I believe we need new and innovative ideas as we move into a future that is very uncertain. Also, geographically speaking, we are a county that is over 2500 square miles, and bigger than the state of Delaware, so it would be easier to do outreach, and public engagement if there were more Commissioners. The disadvantage would probably be the cost of paying two more Commissioners, and the staff to support these Commissioners. In a time of budget cuts, it may be difficult to justify adding these positions. Ultimately, I believe we need to have a broader community discussion before making such a consequential decision.
We must help people and businesses recover from the pandemic, we must work for racial equality in our community and we need to protect our environment and address Climate Change. Addressing these issues will help us have a bright and sustainable future. People are struggling right now and have experienced grave financial and personal losses. Businesses across the county are worried about staying open. And people are marching in the streets asking for equity and justice. I will make sure we are adequately funding social services in our community and will work to building equity in our community. I will partner with local leaders to help small businesses stay open. And finally, as we look up at our ash filled, smoky skies it is clear that we cannot ignore our changing climate. I will protect our land and water, and plan for the effects of Climate Change.
It is important that our limited water supplies inform our land use decisions. The State of Colorado’s Department of Local Affairs estimates that Larimer County will add another 200,000 residents by 2020, so we need to plan for smart and sustainable growth. I will make sure that water saving actions are incorporated into our land use planning, and that the county, municipalities, and the various Water Districts are aligned on this issue. As a City Councilmember, I know that water issues are some of the most challenging issues we face in our region, but we must get this right. Even with existing water rights, many of our communities could find themselves with water shortage issues because of drought, or water quality issues like those that will likely occur from the Cameron Peak Fire . I am committed to keeping our rivers and watersheds healthy and to implementing water conservation programs across our county.
Creating both affordable and attainable housing in our community needs to be a priority. Too many people in our county are overburdened with high rents, and many middle-class families cannot afford to be homeowners. I have worked on housing affordability on the Fort Collins City Council and will continue to prioritize this at the county level. The county can play a role as a convener; I will work with our municipalities, nonprofits, home builders, banks, and state and federal officials to find solutions to this problem. We can use tools like land banking, density bonuses, and other best practices to build more affordable housing. I would also continue to work on job training programs and growing high paying jobs in the county which will help with affordability issues. All our county residents deserve to live in a safe, affordable home.