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Saguache 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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    Thomas McCracken
    (D)

  • Richard Pascoe
    (R)

Biographical Information

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

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Background 40 year resident and land owner in Saguache County. 2nd OG farmer in the County. Helped create the Colorado Organic program. Owned and operated Green Earth Farm and Growers Organic, an OG food distributor. Now operating Archaic Orchard near Crestone.
Contact phone 303-550-3595
My number one priority is to protect our water in the San Luis Valley. We must thwart any attempt by urban areas to remove water for their own use, and we must find ways to use our water in a sustainable fashion in order to restore the aquifer, protect our agricultural way of life, and protect the environment. I will accomplish this by working with the water management sub-districts and the RGWCD to advocate for the use of Regenerative Agriculture to reduce water usage, improve our soils and sequester Carbon. I will also work to expose the misinformation used by developers to convince people that removing another 20,000 acre/ft. of water per year will benefit them. I want to help create green jobs here that utilize resources and products that we already have available to us. Supporting tourism that brings like minded folks here to enjoy our wilderness, dark skies, clean air, and wildlife. I want to restore faith and trust in government through transparency and accountability.
The County must operate within a balanced budget. That budget however must include long term infrastructural needs that have been overlooked for so long. I do not believe that the County should be giving away Sales Tax grant money (except in exceptional cases of need) until basic services are provided to residents. I would like to see the County work with private entities to jump start needed projects like a recycling program.
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