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

What factors will guide your financial and budgeting decisions?

Background I am a semi-retired former senior level corporate executive with a background as an adjunct professor for over forty years. I am a "third generation" resident of Colorado. I have been active in the community, education & support of non-profit sectors all of my life. See ""
Contact phone 970-402-3023 (C/T)
My goals are straightforward: 1. Reduce the tax burden on Citizens/Residents real property owners by 20% over four years (5%/year) 2. Reduce the burden, cost, scope and size of County Government by 20% over four years (5%/year). 3. Revise building codes to promote affordable housing alternatives. 4. Major employers to provide housing for employee head count impact for any expansion or new projects within the County. 5. Secure land for Private/Public partnership development of 500-1000 seasonal employee housing headcount needs. 6. 50% of renumeration as Commissioner to be donated to local non-profits and community college scholarship. 7. Elimination of Food Sales Tax in grocery stores, by the towns and County, for permanent residents of Summit County. 8. Ban the use Eminent Domain to rescind Conservation Easement granted in perpetuity. 9. Restore the Homestead Tax Credit to Senior Citizens and Disabled Veterans, by redirecting county funds

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I have a background, (CEO & Board member of $100 million international company) in strategic decision making/planning; balancing "unlimited wants with finite resources". I have the experience, seasoning, and intellect to lead this county to a better future and outcome.

I hold a BSBA from George Mason University with emphasis in accounting, economics and budgeting. Also a MBA in governance and strategic planning.

I believe in fiscal responsibility and efficacy.

My background has spanned multiple sectors, both in the private sector and the non-profit world.

I believe in a “hand up, not a hand out”. I believe in personal responsibility and accountability. I believe that the resources and efforts of this country can be better deployed. I believe that we the people are the power behind government and that all government has become too invasive.

I pledge to serve one term, and one term only, as I believe in the principle of “Citizen/Servant”.

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Background I have lived in Summit County since a young child. I am a mother to a Summit County child. My husband works in the Summit ski resorts. I own a successful small business in Silverthorne. My government is not based on MY agenda it is based on my COMMUNITY'S agenda.
Contact phone (970)406-0634
Working Class Challenges- housing/rent prices, health insurance, childcare, mental health. Often, government policy is the case of the "savior" giving a solution without asking the recipient what they actually need. We need to be intentional in bringing all the diverse voices of the community to the table.

Economic Recovery and Transparency- Like other candidates, I support a Economic Advisory Group, made up of business leaders and WORKERS from all of Summit County's industries. As in business, government needs to regularly review the budgets and success of every program it implements. This will create transparency and allow the government to be more proactive rather than defensive.

Environmental Stewardship- We need to be more cautious in changing over all County open space into development. People want to do the right thing in protecting the environment, we need to make is easier for them to do so. Additionally, "Going Green" can also "Save Green" in a government budget.
Please see above answer for Economic Recovery and Transparency.

In regards to Gallagher, it will create a more reliable funding source for counties, towns, and special districts to budget from. Few of these entities write ballot tax measures in a dollar form, meaning that most are subject to the ebbs and flows of property assessment. When times are good, they’re very good, but when times get tough, budgets run short. This is not an easy way to fund and can become too reliant on inconsistent funds. A repeal of Gallagher will allow taxing entities operate with a more predictable funding stream.

Many argue that it would allow the State legislature to arbitrarily raise property taxes, without the balance against commercial rates. With TABOR, all governing bodies would still need to go to the people and make their case for an increase in their property tax.