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Larimer County Commissioner

Overview

 

Larimer's three-member Board of County Commissioners is the main policy-making body in the County and works to represent the interest of the citizens of Larimer County at local, state and national levels. Areas of concern to the Board of County Commissioners include budgeting, land use and planning, public safety, human and economic health, and infrastructure. 

 

Commissioners, who make about $113,000 each year, are elected at large from one of three geographic districts for four-year staggered terms.  In Larimer County, Commissioners are limited to serving three four-year terms. This year, the County will elect a Commissioner to replace District 1 Commissioner, Lew Gaiter.  Lew Gaiter resigned after his second term to throw his hat into the gubernatorial race. 

 

Currently, the three members of the Commission, as well as the other elected County officials, are all Republican.

John Kefalas (D) and Sean Dougherty (R) are the two candidates running for District 1 Commissioner.  IndivisibleNOCO summarized their publicly stated positions on various issues pertinent to Larimer County in an easy to read table!


John Kefalas (D)

 

John Kefalas is not interested in partisan labels;  He is interested in using common sense, finding common ground, and working for the common good.  He says:  "that’s exactly what I’ve done in the state Legislature, and what I will do if elected to the Larimer County Board of Commissioners.:

 

He believes Larimer County needs fresh perspectives and greater balance with more people involved to address the Country’s biggest challenges, including:

  • Building an economy that works for everyone;
  • Promoting affordable housing;
  • Planning better for smart growth;
  • Developing a more efficient transportation system with multiple options;
  • Encouraging clean, renewable energy;
  • Protecting our environment and quality of life;
  • Providing better behavioral health services; and  
  • Improving public safety.

John wants to:

  • Hold public meetings when working people can attend
  • Ask county employees, from custodians to department heads, how we can do a better job of providing vital services to our customers while being good stewards of public funds
  • Collaborate with our partners in cities and towns across Larimer County, with Colorado State University and Front Range Community College, and with non-profits, the faith community and the business sector and together the question of where we want to be as a county in 50 years, and figure out how we get there.

John says that he cares deeply about this community where he has lived for 40 years.  He attended CSU, married and raised a family here, sent his children to public school, taught in Poudre Schools, worked for Larimer County as a job training counselor, and served as a health outreach worker and public policy analyst.

 

He believes many of the issues dealt with at the Capitol are the same ones facing Larimer County. While the State Legislature has done a lot of good work, there is so much more to do, which is why he wants to continue his public service, serving all the people of Larimer County, as a member of the Board of County Commissioners.

Sean Dougherty (R)

 

For 18 years, Sean Dougherty has been a realtor in Fort Collins.  His real estate experience includes President and Director of the Fort Collins Board of Realtors.  

 

Sean has been active in the Larimer County community and involved in numerous charities and organizations.  He has also been on the Larimer County Planning Commission (currently, the Chair of the Commission) and on the Red Feather Lakes Advisory Council.

 

Sean has further prepared himself for the job of County Commissioner by taking classes offered by the County and the City of Fort Collins:  Leadership Northern Colorado; CityWorks 101; Larimer County 101; and Leadership Program of the Rockies.