Garfield 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.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?
Lived in the Rifle area since 1975 and have always been community oriented. Have helped start up several local newspapers; managed United Way of Garfield Co and retail stores. Active in O&G regulatory issues. Support human rights and environmental issues. Married; CSU graduate.
A couple of months ago, I would have answered this question so differently. Two months from now, I may have to revise what is written today. COVID 19 has changed our world down to the county level. State and federal policies, mandates, and funding may determine much of what can be accomplished at the county level.
• Keep county current on COVID regulations
• Sponsor jobs programs
• Provide leadership to help economic development programs work with local businesses
• Develop a county department to help the Latino community
• Work harder to increase healthcare coverage
• Build a better human services and public health safety net
• Incorporate affordable housing in subdivision approvals
• Encourage more protective P&Z land use regulations
• Support stronger clean air and water regulations
Again, my policy priorities could change depending upon the spread or containment of COVID 19 and the needs of my future constituents.
Garfield County has been reaping the tax benefits of 11,000 producing natural gas wells for the past 15 years. The current commissioners dedicated millions of dollars into infrastructure and expanding county assets. But because of the recent volatility of the O&G international market, those tax revenues have been sliding downward for several years. No one yet knows the true impact of business closures, lower tax collections and grant availability from COVID, but all indications are that Garfield County will be as hard hit as any municipality with the additional decrease of tax revenues from the O&G property and production.
Budget factors to contemplate:
• “Brick and mortar” projects, road construction, and expensive purchases will have to be reconsidered
• Protect county jobs
• More funds will need to be dedicated to public health and human services
• Seek grants related to COVID federal programs
• Eliminate the millions of dollars spent from the “O&G Mitigation Fund”
Married 42 years, 7 children, 20 grandchildren. High School Teacher 25 years, Administrator 5 years, County Commissioner 12 years.
970 456 8262
1. Health, safety and welfare of Garfield County residents. By making sure that the proper and necessary services are provided for all county residents by using the resources at our availability.
2. Continue to keep the county on sound financial ground. By always having a balanced budget and not living beyond our means.
3. Work with the municipalities within the county. Communicating with them to insure correlation in achieving common goals.
4. Communicating and working with other counties, our state, and federal elected officials to ensure that Garfield County is heard and represented at all levels.
Foremost, to always have a balanced budget. Our county is facing tough times financially primarily because of a decrease in property tax revenue. Much of this has been caused by the downturn of the oil and gas industry and the ripple effects associated with that downturn. Because of this, we as county commissioners must exercise more caution in our spending to provide necessary services to our residents. It will be necessary for us to take a second and third look at where all the money is spent and to be fiscally conservative as to where those funds are appropriated.
One of the major factors in determining the priorities is to listen to all shareholders involved within the county. This will necessitate many hours of listening to and talking with a multitude of different view points and then making the difficult decisions as to where the funds will be channeled. I believe with my past 12 years as a Garfield County Commission, I have the experience necessary to keep our county strong.
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