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Weld County Commissioner District 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.Watch the Candidate Forum video HERE. Note: This Forum includes the County Commissioner Candidates for Districts 1, 3 and At-Large._________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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  • Mike Freeman
    (R)

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    John Shull
    (D)

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Background Actor/Entrepreneur. Over 40 years as a union actor. 26 plus years as an entrepreneur. 2019 ran for Greeley Mayor. Member of the Greeley Citizen Budget Advisory Committee. Volunteer for the Weld County Food Bank. Three generations living in Greely/Weld County. Environment and citizen concerned.
Contact phone (562) 760-2328
I was in the entertainment industry for over 40 years and a successful entrepreneur for over 25 years. I now have three generations living in the Greeley/Weld County area. I have been active in the local politics since moving to Colorado. My wife and I volunteer for Weld County food bank I volunteer with the Citizen Budget Advisory Committee of Greeley. I believe that the current County Commissioners Board has become complacent and no longer represents the needs of people of Weld County. The Commissioners have chosen to represent special interest groups and companies. These groups and companies make large donations to their campaign funds. I am not being funded by these groups and so not under their influence. Being new to city and county politics I feel I can freely represent the people and address their concerns. I am owing to no special interest groups. I believe in responsible, thoughtful, competent leadership that works for the public interest and not self-serving interest.
Clean Air, water, and safe livable communities. American Lung Association has given Colorado and Weld County an “F” in air quality. We have to be concerned with future of our county and state. The rise in health issues due to air, water and environment quality needs to be a primary concern. Public Health care. Covid-19 has shown that the system is broken and needs to be rebuilt with all people being covered. No one should be forced into bankruptcy due to an unplanned illness or even a preexisting condition. Especially when many conditions such as asthma are caused by air quality issues. Upgrading and modernizing transportation, infrastructure, our schools, and affordable housing. Our county is growing at an unprecedented rate. We must be prepared for the continuing growth. Public transportation to ease road congestion, updating schools to meet the growing student demand and providing affordable housing are just a few of the immediate priorities coming.
Decline in oil and gas presence. What is next. We knew it was coming so now what are we going to do to replace the industry with renewable, clean, alternative energy. We also need to make sure these companies clean up and properly cap abandoned well sites. It shouldn’t cost the county. We must encourage new industries to come here and help build our economy. We need them to bring in living wages and not minimum wage jobs. Move ahead quickly to promotion of alternative, renewable and clean energy. The rapidly expanding population in this county is an important issue. The infrastructure needed to support the growth. Clean water and air, upgraded roads, renewable/alternative power, and living wage jobs are part of that expansion. High quality education regardless of income or zip code and affordable housing. We have a very diverse community and need to listen to them. We can solve issues by talking to all groups and listen to what them and working together to solve them.