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Pueblo 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._________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._______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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    EPIMENIO GRIEGO
    (D)

  • Adolph Vigil
    (UA)

Biographical Information

What unique qualities or background would make you a valuable commissioner?

What do you feel will be two of the greatest challenges for Pueblo County in the next four years and how would you address them?

What is your viewpoint on the situation of the Pueblo County Jail and what is the role you believe the Pueblo County Commissioners should have going forward?

What types of transparency measures should the Board of Commissioners institute in order to assure Pueblo County voters of the integrity of county finances?

Background As a lifelong Pueblo resident, I have taken full advantage of all the opportunities that Pueblo has to offer. I am a hardworking, family man who will continue to fight for the best interest of all Pueblo County residents.
The unique quality I have that would make me a valuable commissioner is that I have walked the same path as many of the residents of Pueblo County. I started working at a young age in the farms of Pueblo County, helping my mother bunch onions and pick cucumbers. I have worked in the farms, the auto body shops, the produce industry, and the industrial jobs. I have also had the opportunity to serve on leadership committees, such as the Pueblo County Planning and Zoning Commission, where I have been able to bring a blue-collar workers perspective to a leadership role and be a voice for a group of people who often feel forgotten. As county commissioner, I would continue with this work of being a voice for the everyday man and woman of Pueblo County. I am a dedicated, servant leader who has always stayed true to my family, my faith, and my community. This instilled in me a work ethic that I have until this day.
The greatest challenge right now is how to get Pueblo County back on track after the economical fall out from COVID 19. In order to work our way back from this unforeseen situation, we must do what we did during this time and band together as a community. We must recognize that there will be times where discussions must take place about how to help recover from this situation and although there may be disagreements, a compromise must be made in order for Pueblo County to grow.

Another challenge would be to bring industrial jobs into Pueblo County. This ties directly into my first challenge because the more industrial jobs we are able to bring into the county, the quicker our economy will jumpstart and recover. This can be done by promoting our water, our cost of living, the overall positive quality of life Pueblo County has to offer, and our greatest resource, the hard working men and women of this county. As a County Commissioner, we must display how Pueblo County was built by industrial jobs and how these businesses could succeed in this county.
As a man who has worked in law enforcement and a father and father-in-law to members of our law enforcement community, it saddens me the condition Pueblo County Jail is in. This is a safety hazard for all parties - the law enforcement officers, those who work in the jail, the inmates, and those who visit. It should never be okay to expect someone to live or to work in these conditions. As a Pueblo County Commissioner, I would have a statutory obligation to assist in repairing infrastructure that is a hazard to our citizens. Therefore, I believe that we should work hard to repurpose the jail and find avenues to assist us in the funding of the repair.
I believe transparency is essential in all governmental operations. An open policy, such as the one currently established, is what I would expect as County Commissioner. I believe that the people of Pueblo County have a right to know where their money is spent. There should be an understanding of the incoming and outgoing of county funds, the appropriation of these funds, and there should be a policy in place that outlines how citizens could easily access this knowledge. As a County Commissioner, there should be an expectation to be open and to provide justification any time tax-payer money is spent.
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