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Mesa County Commissioner Dist 3

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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    DAVID EDWARDS
    (D)

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    Marc Montoni
    (L)

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    JANET ROWLAND
    (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 Financial and Legal Management of complex healthcare entities. CPA and Attorney. Years of volunteer work with social justice and relief of poverty charities. Intense civil rights work. Creation of and management of budgets and attainment of organizational goals. Caring for people.
Dirección postal 3781 Granada Dr #30
Contact phone 9703616108
Effective use of Mesa County resources to relieve the stresses that poverty creates, and which have been vastly intensified by the impact of the COVID-19 virus. Past County Administrations under opposition County Commissioners have concentrated not on solving the real problems that county residents face, but rather have focused on not paying out state and federal funds that the county administers. These funds provide our residents with food, healthcare, child care, and funds to aid challenged residents qualify for and obtain better work. Tens of millions of dollars of aid are wasted each and every year -- funds that would relieve child hunger, keep mothers working, help workers get better jobs through training, education and coaching.
Effectiveness of the use of available resources in providing benefits to qualifying residents. Maximization of state and federal resources in helping challenged Mesa County build better lives. Building County services that address the root causes of problems, instead of using these resources to punish people. Mesa County has spent huge amounts of money tearing families apart when the have problems instead of working to heal those families. Mesa County administrations have believed that punishing people with problems, by denying them benefits, by locking them up when they become homeless, when they have mental health issues, when the stresses of daily life overwhelm them, is the proper way to govern. The proper way to govern is to care for people, use the funds and resources available to you to improve systems that attack the root causes of people's challenges. Food, housing, medical care, mental health services, work training are needed -- punishment is not the answer.
Background Originally from Virginia, moved to the Grand Valley in 2016. I am the coordinator for the local Mesa County Libertarians. Previously served on the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water District as an elected Director from Shenandoah County, VA.
Antecedentes Originalmente de Virginia, se mudó a Grand Valley en 2016. Soy el coordinador de los Libertarios locales del condado de Mesa. Anteriormente sirvió en el Distrito de Agua y Suelo de Lord Fairfax como Director electo del Condado de Shenandoah, VA.
Dirección postal PO Box 1392 Clifton CO 81520-1392
Twitter @LPNational
1. Abolition of unnecessary taxes.

2. Abolition of unnecessary regulations on property, business or personal behavior.

3. Elimination of government activities and agencies for which private-sector alternatives exist.

I will address these issues by always voting against growing government larger and more expensive, and always in favor of making it smaller and less intrusive.
I have placed my name on the ballot for County Commission purely to provide a choice to registered Libertarians and other voters who believe it is dangerous to allow local, state, and federal governments to continue growing, amassing power, and consuming our rights and property.

A vote for me is a way for a voter who wants less government, rather than more, to give voice to their concerns about massive government overreach in everyone's lives.

As a Commissioner, I will:

>> Always oppose raising taxes, and support of reducing or abolishing them.

>> Always oppose adding more government functions to Mesa County government, and support reducing or abolishing them.

>> Always oppose adding more laws and regulations to the Mesa County code, and support reducing or abolishing them.

My position on all issues, economic or personal, will be to vote against growing government larger and more expensive, and always in favor of making it smaller and less intrusive.
Background Non-profit experience: Exec Director, CASA; Nat’l Director Project 1.27; Parenting Place, co-founder; Prevent Child Abuse Colorado, founding board chair. County Government: Child Protection & Commissioner. Track record of building community partnerships to find solutions outside of government.
Contact phone 970-250-7370
Public Safety:There are many moving parts in the criminal justice system that impact public safety including the jail. In 2005 the County conducted an assessment of our criminal justice system allowing us to make informed decisions. Much has changed since 2004 & we should do another assessment.

While the jail is not as overcrowded as it has been it’s only a matter of time before it exceeds capacity. The county has a 6-year capital plan & the jail should be worked into the plan with existing revenue.

Mental Health:Poverty, suicide & child abuse are serious issues in our county, & mental health is at the core of most of those issues. We should convene a Mental Health Round Table with our community partners & take a comprehensive look at our mental health system, identifying ways to refine/improve it.

Economic Development:The proper role of government is to provide a business-friendly environment. This includes limited fees/taxes and reasonable, predictable & common-sense regulations
Budget priorities should be based on the services expected by taxpayers. In 2006 I spearheaded a new way of budgeting called Budgeting for Outcomes. It’s similar to zero-based budgeting but adds the component of outcomes. It doesn't assume each department gets the same funding year to year. Some may get more, others less & some may stay the same. It's based on priorities. Using this model, we worked with all county elected officials, county department heads and brought in citizens to help prioritize the most important services. Working together we were able to find creative ways to fund necessary services.

Since I left office in 2013, the county stopped using this method for budgeting. As we face serious budget issues in the coming years, I believe this type of priority based budgeting process is needed now, more than ever. As an individual commissioner I have no authority to change the budget process, but I will ask my fellow commissioners to bring back budgeting for outcomes.