Mesa 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._________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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I am a cattle raising veterinarian who has owned a local foods retail store. I have previously sat on the Garfield County energy Advisory Board and current I am a member of the Colorado Agriculture Commission.
I want to continue to provide great services to the members of our community, especially concentrating on venues and services that prepare our children to lead in the future and our keep seniors involved of the community. This means both supporting education, and opportunities for young people to move into challenging, well paid jobs. Seniors are a large part of Mesa County and we need to allow them to contribute and encourage them to participate by making it easy for them and everyone to get around the valley. Walk-ability and public transport, ease of healthcare access, and community gathering places need to be a priority in planning decisions.
We also need to continue to diversify our local economy. We have a great start on being a economic powerhouse in recreation but need to continue to encourage development of local food manufacturing and value adding to support our local farmers and ranchers. They play a huge part in preserving our agricultural open space and views.
We are facing large budget deficits in the coming years and it is important we continue to provide services to our community without wasting money. Smart fiscal policy, careful management, and clear direction for department heads can eliminate budget fluff and maintain essential services. Waste will not be tolerated. Unfortunately, this may not be enough and it may be necessary to examine the Tabor and Gallagher amendments in order to generate more revenue. Working with our State Representatives, Mesa County will have to decide if supporting a rewrite is necessary or if we can live with a reduced budget. Your input will be necessary to make these important decisions. My goal as County Commissioner is enact the voice of the Mesa County and I will always listen to your thoughts on what is important to you and how to preserve our community in light of a reduced budget.
Cody is a husband, a father, a successful business owner, and a community leader. Cody was born and raised in the Grand Valley and is a fifth generation native. He knows how to be successful in lean times, and is perfectly suited for the position as Mesa County moves forward in these uncertain times
Budget responsibility is a big priority for me. With the self-imposed financial crisis we're facing, Mesa County must be frugal in their approach to spending and make sure taxes are low and regulations are reasonable and few. We must continue to seek more efficiencies with Mesa County’s $181 million annual budget so that Mesa County can continue to operate in its proper role and continue the services that business and people rely heavily on. I would like to see Mesa County implement Zero-Based budgeting when building their budget each year. It is a more cumbersome process, but it results in far more efficient uses of county funds and routes out wasteful spending.
Additionally, I want to foster a more friendly business environment in Mesa County. More jobs equal more prosperity which is a benefit to everyone who lives, plays and works in Mesa County. Encouraging more business in Mesa County will be accomplished by low taxes, reasonable and minimal regulations, and a safe community.
Again, I believe the county should move to a Zero-Based budgeting platform. This will drive efficiency and minimize waste.
At a core, I believe the government should serve a limited role in the community. Basic services like roads, public infrastructure, public safety, and law enforcement are some of the roles it should serve. When making budget decisions, I will always consider the proper role of government and make sure that the private industry remains the core driver of the economy. The best thing a government body can do to promote the economy is to get out of the way. When the economy is strong, it serves everyone. When the government is strong, it limits everyone.
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