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Ouray 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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    Ned Bosworth
    (UA)

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    Jake Niece
    (D)

Biographical Information

What are your top priorities for the county and how will you address them?

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Background Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design,1978, from the School of Architecture at the Ohio State University. I have been designing projects here in Ouray county since 1983 and have been a permanent resident of Ridgway, Co. for the past twelve years.
Contact phone 970-626-4195
1) Revisit and revise the county's master plan. Two of our county's most pressing issues, housing and locating marijuana grow facilities need to be addressed now and at this level. 2) To work aggressively toward a successful economic recovery by expanding open communication with local business owners and finding reasonable and creative solutions as they relate to our county specifically. 3) Address the rapid increase in damage to our wild and public lands over the past few years due to the expansion of our population as well as the huge increase in high performance OHV's. Local residents pay their fare share to maintain our county roads. We need to consider a use fee for out of county vehicles, a possible limit on the number of vehicles and increased enforcement of speed limits and off trail use.
I am a fiscal conservative. My financial and budgeting decisions will be guided by common sense, a strong desire to meet budget and avoid debt, and prioritizing expenditures based on the needs of Ouray county's residents as they arise.
Background I am a lifelong Colorado resident with a background in aerospace engineering, wildland firefighting, and snowmaking. I currently work for a non-profit performing energy audits for homes and businesses, and reside in the home I built for myself in Ridgway.
Improved Public Communication and Transparency - The BOCC should continue digitally broadcasting meetings and make them available for future viewing even after the resumption of in-person meetings.

Protection of the High Alpine Area - I support protection of the High Alpine, and Section 24 of the Land Use Code. I support some tightly regulated mining and selective logging in conjunction with prescribed burns and re-planting.

Housing - The County and municipalities must work together on this issue and prioritize rentals in the Town and City limits, as vacation rentals are eliminating long-term rentals.

Emergency Preparedness - My experience as a wildland firefighter is valuable in the event of our most obvious threat, wildfire. But I also want to plan for other threats including cyber attacks, extended drought, terrorism, electricity failure, and others.
I prioritize EMS and social services that directly impact the safety, health, and wellbeing of residents and visitors. The Coronavirus pandemic will almost certainly reduce tax revenue, and if necessary I would vote to delay some capital improvement expenditures in order to maintain essential services.

Long term planning and budgeting for infrastructure projects like expanding the waste treatment plant is also important to avoid self-made crises. And because the County cannot expect a tax hike of any kind to be accepted, I would maintain an ongoing search for State and Federal grant money.