Biography

I have lived in Douglas County with my husband for 23 years,  raising two children here who both graduated from Douglas County High Schools.  I am a 4th generation Coloradoan, having grown up in Pueblo as the 2nd daughter in a large Irish family.  I graduated from Colorado College with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Accounting.

I have spent most of my professional life working in information technology as a Business Analyst, Project Manager, and Entrepreneur.  I have worked for both non-profit and for-profit companies in the healthcare industry.  I have also worked in software implementation and in the Real Estate industry as a Real Estate Broker.

I am a "Polymath" which means that I am very good at seeing the big picture,  finding the root cause of problems,  and then drilling down to a detailed level in order to find the underlying facts and feasible solutions.

In summary, I find problems, identify solutions, and then fix the problems, whether that's on my own or working with others to build trust, a reasonable consensus, and an solid action plan.



Bi-Partisan Problem Solving

I believe in understanding problems before promising solutions.

My background as a Project Manager and Business Analyst has been focused on discovering all the facets of a problem and determining who is at affect before suggesting a solution.

Growth has caused significant challenges for Douglas County.  Solutions that work in other counties may not work in Douglas.  I won't promise any “magic bullet” solutions.  I will work to address Douglas County's transportation problems with honest inquiry and hard work.



Sustainable Growth Solutions

We live in a beautiful place.  We need to make sure we keep it that way.

Much of the water we use in the county is non-renewable.  We need to continue to make progress toward using renewable water resources and demanding all development has identified renewable water resources before building.

I want to ensure the county is embracing renewable resources — including energy — wherever possible.  We need a county that can be passed on to the next generation of residents.



Healthy, Safe Communities
Are Architected From The Ground Up

Road safety, mental health services, and public open spaces all play a role.

Douglas County needs to be a safe and healthy place to live for all ages.  Open space with foot and bike paths for all age groups much be accessible.  We must have safe transportation venues for drivers and non-drivers alike.

I envision affordable mental and physical health services for seniors, young people and families, and land zoning that respects the need for people to have accessible outdoor space regardless of their dwelling density.



Transparency & Accountability
Are Key To Building Public Trust

I will work hard to engage the people who solve our daily issues, design our streets and neighborhoods, and provide responses to community emergencies.

It’s important to find and retain the best people to service our county.  We need to model the kind of employment opportunity we expect our business community to provide.  We can exemplify this guidance by paying a living wage to our workers and ensuring the E-Verify is used by all county business partners.



What does a
County Commissioner Do?

Colorado is divided into 64 counties.  Counties are political subdivisions of state government and may only exercise those powers specifically provided in state law.  Counties are responsible for law enforcement, the provision of social services on behalf of the state, and the general control of land use in unincorporated areas.   The board of County Commissioners is the primary policy-making body in the county and is responsible for the county’s administrative and budgetary functions.

Specific statutory responsibilities include the provision of jails, weed control, and establishment of a county or district public health agency to provide, at a minimum, health and human services mandated by the state.  Colorado is also one of a minority of states that has their Medicaid program administered at the County level.

Under state law, counties also have the authority to :

  • Provide veteran services
  • Operate emergency telephone services
  • Provide ambulance services
  • Conduct law enforcement
  • Operate mass transit systems
  • Build and maintain roads and bridges
  • Construct and maintain airports
  • Lease or sell county-owned mineral and oil & gas rights
  • Provide water and sewer services
  • Control wildfire planning and response
  • Promote agriculture research and protect agriculture operations
  • Administer pest control
  • Operate districts for irrigation, cemeteries, libraries, recreation, solid waste and disposal, and various types of improvement districts

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