District 3 seat on the Board of County Commissioners
Work history: Summit County construction work, property management and ranching Education: Graduate of Summit High School and Bachelor of Arts in business from Western State College Family: Wife and three grown daughters Community service: Mountain Community Fair Board, Colorado Foundation for Water Education, Colorado Weed Advisory Board, Blue Valley Sportsman Club, CSU Cooperative Extension Advisory Board, Colorado River Water Conservation Board, Peru Creek Task Force and the Rocky Mt. Climate Organization. Political history: Town of Silverthorne planning commissioner, town of Silverthorne council member, town of Silverthorne mayor, Summit County Government commissioner. I entered the Summit County political arena around 1985.
Biggest accomplishment in your public life: Helping citizens with various individual needs. Favorite president and why: Thomas Jefferson. His powerful advocacy for the liberty of man. Hobbies: Trap shooting, mechanical and carpenter work. QWhy are you running for this office? AThere are some matters that I consider “unfinished business,” such as the full development of a wood waste plan for Summit County, and development of future water resources for the community. QWhat would your first priority be if elected?
AMany matters take much longer to achieve than others; my first “achievable” priority is probably a wood grinder to help take care of the waste stream we have in Summit County due to the pine beetle. QWhat are the three biggest issues facing your constituents and what do you see as solutions? AGrowth, transportation and quality of life. Solutions for growth are the continued participation of county government and others to secure open space parcels, provide adequate schools and education and strive to achieve housing affordability, much of which we can accomplish through land use regulation and policy. Transportation issues are difficult, to say the least, but the county must continue to participate with the state and surrounding communities to assure us of an adequate transportation plan. Lastly, quality-of-life issues change from moment to moment depending on the situation; that is why county government should remain dynamic and capable of change without discord. QWhat, if anything, should county government do to help citizens attain affordable housing? AIn 2002 we, the BOCC, put onto the ballot an initiative which was titled Summit Combined Housing Authority Referred Measure 5A. This measure provided for a one-half percent increase in sales tax to fund a housing authority. It failed by a nearly 9 percent margin. The sound defeat of the referendum, coupled with the lack of public interest, in addition to what some see as a glut in affordable housing, indicates to me a general lack of interest on the part of the taxpaying public to provide housing. QShould Summit County government move to help fund the Summit Housing Authority? If yes, what funding mechanism do you support?AI do not object to putting another referendum on the ballot, if input to the commissioners indicates a general public and taxpayer desire to fund housing. The big issue is that everyone wants “affordable housing” if they believe someone else is paying for it.
QWhat is the solution to Interstate 70 congestion? ACatapults and mass transit, neither of which will appear anytime soon. QList public benefits that would seem appropriate for a large development, like a ski area. AWithout knowing the specific impacts of a project, one cannot make specific demands for the public good. That is why the county has such a lengthy planning process for projects such as the one identified in the question. Once impacts are identified, one can identify what a developer should do to provide public benefit. QIf elected, would you vigorously uphold the “no new density” concept? Why or why not? AI have upheld that concept in the past and do not see why I would not in the future. QThe county’s budget is about $55 million annually. Is government spending its money wisely? Please explain.AI believe the county does spend taxpayers’ dollars wisely. We, the Board of County Commissioners, have directed county administration to monitor spending, and department heads must justify any new item in their proposed budgets to the administration. We also have a required audit performed annually to provide confidence to the public that there is no mismanagement of the budget.
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