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Weld County Commissioner District 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.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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    Matthew Hess
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    Lori Saine
    (R)

  • Michael Welch
    (D)

Biographical Information

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Background Work and mentorship in various non-profits, small businesses, personal entrepreneurship, and fortune 100 companies.
Mailing Address 220 6th St
Dacono, CO 80514
Contact phone (303) 747-5607
A love of country, not the government. Non-partisan advocate for freedom. Experience in multiple industries and fields from non-profits to Fortune 100 companies.
Reduction or elimination of taxes, zoning, and other regulations. Freeing people to protect their businesses, livelihoods, and property.
When it comes right down to it, personal liberty is the cornerstone of all issues involving the government. I cannot predict the future and such central planning has, historically, resulted in and caused many problems for people. Only by putting personal liberty first can we successfully navigate the future challenges we will face together.
Background Currently the State Representative for House District 63. I am currently the caucus chair for House Republicans and the Chair for the Legislative Audit Committee. I have managed both public and private small, medium, and large scale operations on time and under budget.
Mailing Address PO Box 427
Dacono, CO 80514
I bring diverse groups together to craft solutions to the big problems facing our State and our County. And I helped solve big problems for Coloradoans awaiting solutions for a long time: 40 years for adoptees and their families and birth families to receive their information and medical history, 10 years for DUI felony for habitual offenders, 20 years to strengthen underground pipeline safety, and 10 years to curb lawsuit abuse that kept housing unaffordable. For example, within seven months of the HB1179 becoming law, 12 affordable developments containing nearly 1,200 combined units were announced or underway.

But I also worked on smaller but important issues that helped clean-up statutes or reduce burdensome red tape. Serving at the statehouse has given me a 30,000 for view on the issues and challenges that will face Weld, including water scarcity issues. I can continue to provide leadership at the local and state level to solve the problems Weld will face in the future.
Economic Development, Transportation, Keeping overly burdensome state regulations from targeting Weld County.
Water management: We have growing cities and towns that need more and more water. We need to work on water storage and other ways of managing the water that is flowing out of the state at increasing rates above and over our compact requirements so we can keep water for agriculture in priority, and at the time farmers need it.

We also need to support various industries in Weld County without government picking winners and losers.

Another priority will be managing growth smartly in Weld County while preserving our agricultural heritage, lands, and water.
Background Degree in Chemical Engineering. Worked in Oilfield for 5 years as a Field Engineer with stops all over the Western United States. Last 14 years worked at Xerox as an outsource employee of Weld County Information Technology Department. Moved to Weld in 2005, married for 16 years to Jennifer.
Contact phone (970) 785-2313
I've worked at the county for 14 years, I've been on the receiving end of several of the previous administrations poorly thought out plans. I've lived my life moving around and learning about the strengths and weaknesses of both private and public organizations. Change should be inherit in a system, but what we have here in Weld County is one party domination of the entire structure. The only thoughts within Weld County decision making all line up with Republican party thought, which isn't always correct or even coherent. Growth hasn't been planned for anyone's benefit, only with a vague philosophy that private industry will ALWAYS know best. Growth is always to be preferred and taxes are wasted by governments. An example of this is the growth of Metropolitan Districts which remove taxpayer control over how tax monies are spent and left to a developer which is seeking to increase their profits.
1. Removing 40 years of unnecessary Republican logjams to efficient government. Smaller government doesn't always mean more effective.

2. Helping the Ranchers and Farmers of Weld County, by seeking effective ways of water, soil and air conservation.

3. Helping Weld County Personnel reach their maximum potential. Weld County's greatest resource is the incredibly dedicated and knowledgeable employees.
Water has been and will continue to be our most pressing issue. Understanding and controlling urban sprawl on the Front Range will continue to be a problem or solution depending on how we react to it. Weld County can and must plan for climate change and it's effects, moreover a strong presence in the green movement will bring multiple benefits that will help our neighbors and fellow citizens in unimaginable ways.