When I was first asked what my priorities were once I am elected, I struggled with the answer. I didn’t really think that I had my own priorities. Yet the three things that have really been on my mind are actually the priorities that I would hope to work on once in office.
1.Spend time helping the individual towns in this district. Too often our commissioner comes to them with additional ways for them to spend more money (new projects, more requirements). Several towns are struggling just to survive and fighting to pay for their own issues. I have already had some very positive feedback from multiple towns. They appreciate my concern, my willingness to spend time with them, my attempts to help them network with others that have had similar situations or concerns.
2.Do some fence mending with the staff. There are many county employees that aren’t very thrilled with our commissioners. They watched the commissioners receive an approximately 30% pay increase, and then most were lucky to get a 3% raise for themselves. These are the folks we depend upon to accomplish the tasks that the commissioners direct. They need to know that not only are they needed, but that they are also greatly appreciated.
3.This may or may not be popular with other members of the board; but I want to get the public involved more, much more! People are angry because they feel powerless. Their requests and concerns seem to go unnoticed; or sometimes they are just flat shut out. They don’t believe that they are being treated fairly. There has become an “us and them” mentality between the board and its constituents. I have heard comments such as “they are woefully uninformed” – referring to the public. Then there should be more effort in informing the public. Citizens also need to be encouraged to inform the board. These five people cannot be everywhere in the county at all times. We have a wonderful resource and wealth of wisdom – the people that live and work in any specific area being addressed. The people of Weld County can be an awesome team, but we need to appreciate each and every player on the team, not just a select few.
4.The board needs to earn the respect of the public. Some districts are doing a better job than ours. All people in office are currently under scrutiny and unfortunately for good reason. Some of our officials have done things to make it hard to trust the political process as a whole. Not every official is out for their own benefit; but those that are in it for themselves, have made it difficult for any to be trusted.
I decided to run for office because of the items listed above. I want to give a voice to those that seem to be being ignored. I also firmly believe that the best way to be a leader is to be willing to serve.