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Larimer County Commissioner Dist 3

Jody Shadduck-McNally 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 As a Colorado native, Larimer has been my home for 20 years. I’ve been happily married for 26 years with 3 children. A longtime volunteer, nonprofit founder & small business owner, I serve on the Larimer County Office on Aging Council, Human Services Commission & the Thompson Master Plan Committee.
Antecedentes Como nativa del norte de Colorado, el condado de Larimer ha sido mi hogar durante 20+ años. He estado felizmente casada durante 27 años y tengo 3 hijos. Soy voluntaria desde hace mucho tiempo, fundadora de una organización sin fines de lucro y propietaria de una pequeña empresa, sirvo en el Consejo
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I have called Larimer home for the past 20 years. During that time I have been a volunteer and advocate for residents and issues, building grassroots organizations and seeking bi-partisan support for issues that affect all of us. Recently I worked on the Larimer County Mental Health Initiative, where I served on the lead team traveling over 1,500 miles around Larimer County giving over 60 presentations to groups about the importance of increasing resources. I worked diligently to get the entire Colorado US Leg Delegation to sign onto, as co sponsors, to the HR 473 legislation which passed the House in 2020. For over 20 years, I have worked hard on supporting public education, and options for older adults. I have worked to expand mental health treatment & prevention. I have been fighting for our environment, working on trail mitigation, promoting public art & ensuring we have water for future generations. I am an ally for marginalized groups in our county & a small business owner.
Larimer is larger than the state of Delaware with diverse geography and challenges. Constituents in mountainous and rural areas of the county may not feel they have a voice or connection to their commissioners. This lack of access to their officials in representation on important issues could bolster the need for an increase in number. Increasing the number to five could allow for the rural and mountain regions to have a more local voice who understands their issues because they live in their community. There are logistical challenges in having representatives that are hours from where meetings have been traditionally held. However, this pandemic has shown though that virtual meetings and out of the box thinking can provide solutions when people can’t meet face to face. Forward thinking strategies to bridge the distance might be solvable with innovative ideas. There has been clear evidence this past year that we need to bring this issue forward in the community for more feedback.
To ensure a vibrant and viable future for Larimer County, we need to address sustainable growth, water resources, and infrastructure. With a changing climate, I know we must be thoughtful in how we use and develop our resources while working hard to protect them so that Larimer County residents can meet their needs and maintain a high quality of life, without compromising the ability of future residents to do the same. Going forward, I am committed to finding the balance of a strong economy, protection of the environment and social equity. I pledge to be a good steward of our environment, natural resources, land and of our community in Larimer County. We can have a vibrant economy while at the same time ensuring clean air and water for our public health.
The County Commissioners need to provide leadership and incentives for smart water use, water conservation and efficiency in commercial and residential settings. We need to protect watersheds and river ecosystems, especially the Poudre and Big Thompson Rivers. Water is one of the most important and controversial subjects to be addressed in creating a sustainable future in Larimer County. Water issues are exceptionally complex, and understanding the nuances is critical for good decision-making. Our diverse geography is a complex landscape of urban, rural, and mountain living. As more families and businesses move here, we must find ways to balance growth and thoughtful land use, while addressing private property rights and working towards a sustainable future. We need to work collaboratively together with all stakeholders towards long-term master planning, transparency, and a balanced Larimer County budget that reflects our values.
Commissioners have a role in supporting affordable housing as regional leaders and conveners. We can strengthen, expand and formalize relationships with non-profits, faith-based organizations, partnerships with local governments and the private sector to leverage resources and creativity to advance housing affordability in rental and homeownership markets. We need to continue to address gaps along the affordable housing continuum by exploring usage of county-owned land toward affordable housing development. Partnering with other institutions on property that could be dedicated and buildings that could be repurposed for affordable housing allows further development of housing. Together we can work with cities to address how many unrelated people can live together to help address housing needs of college students & older adults. We should build on already-existing programs such as Home Ownership & Improvement Programs, fee waivers, rapid re-housing, supportive housing and prevention