Montezuma 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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What are your top priorities for the county and how will you address them?
What factors will guide your financial and budgeting decisions?
I grew up in Montezuma County. Now my husband and I raise our two sons here. My parents instilled in me the value of service and I’ve worked professionally making progress on complex issues such as long-range planning, watershed protection, homelessness, and wildfire preparedness right here at home.
Samulski Por Montezuma
11607 Road 29
Cortez, CO 81321
I don’t want us to lose any of our current services. That will be easier said than done with public budget cuts. Efficient services rely on skilled, motivated staff. I’ll support staff to do their best job with available resources. But I am not running to maintain the status quo.
As a commissioner, I will anticipate challenges and opportunities. I will lead an effort to assess our current circumstances and for residents to identify quality of life needs and wants. By engaging the community, we can bring people together and ease the fear and frustration that comes from partisan politics and disinformation.
Our future requires a healthy landscape, community, and economy. Economic development should support a vibrant community, not chain stores and absentee owners. I’ll make decisions and participate in economic development that supports local business growth and builds industries that make use of local resources over the long haul, such as value-added agriculture and wood products.
Financial planning for county services must account for budget projections, current and anticipated service needs, capital projects and equipment replacements, while maintaining a reserve for unforeseen events. Fiscal responsibility includes thinking through financial impacts of any county commission decision as well as reviewing the actual cost or benefit of past decisions.
I am frugal and resourceful. I’ll work with staff to find efficiencies and opportunities to increase revenues to cover services including matching county dollars with outside dollars.
I will do everything possible to maintain fair wages and benefits for staff and incentivize them to find cost savings that won’t degrade services. We know that budget projections are down. I want to see interdepartmental budget cooperation rather than seeing departments fight for their piece of the pie. Good year or bad, every dollar should be stretched and leveraged to do as much for the community as possible.
I am the 4th generation of my family to reside in Montezuma County. I Graduated from Mancos High School in 1982 and then went on to Fort Lewis College.
I am currently the State Live Stock Inspector for Montezuma and Dolores Counties as well as a Rancher.
I am a husband, father and papa.
Right now our county is in an unprecedented situation. Our #1 priority should focus on our businesses and how we can aid in the process of recovery.
My focal point would be decreasing the tax burden on said businesses to allow them to invest back into their company, thus rebuilding our economy. I would waive road impact fees on any new business that moves into the county until they get established to entice new companies, again bolstering our economy.
I will work closely with our community leaders as well as our citizens to attain our common goals.
Something I learned a very long time ago is to live within your means, always take care of the “needs” before the “wants” and apply common sense to every decision made. These philosophies will pertain to all decisions I make for Montezuma County.
I will collaborate with my fellow commissioners to ensure that our county maintains its solvency as well as uphold the Constitution of the United States.
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