Candidates for Chaffee BoCC District 3 Seat Offer Policy Perspectives – by Jan Wondra

Candidates for Chaffee BoCC District 3 Seat Offer Policy Perspectives – by Jan Wondra

Three candidates are within the race to fill the District 3 Chaffee Board of County Commissioner seat being vacated by Commissioner Rusty Granzella (who selected to not run for re-election). While PT Wood is the only real Democratic candidate on the June 28 major poll, two Republicans are vying for the Republican seat to run in opposition to Wood: Dr. Alison Brown, and Brandon Becker.
Before ballots landed in mailboxes all through the county, Ark Valley Voice (AVV) requested every candidate the identical 5 questions on their choice to run and what they wish to accomplish. But weeks have gone by and just one candidate has provided solutions to AVV. So having waited for a prolonged time period, we give you candidate Alison Brown’s solutions.
The questions:

Why are you operating for Chaffee County Commissioner?
What is your strongest qualification as a candidate; what makes you the finest candidate presently for this function?
 What do you wish to accomplish must you be chosen as a county commissioner?
What is the best problem going through Chaffee County and what options are you proposing to handle it?
What is your place relating to the chance that Chaffee County could put a poll query on elevating county property taxes to fund workforce housing? Do you help it, or do you help one other various and if  so, what’s it?

Dr. Alison Brown is a candidate for Chaffee Board of County Commissioner within the upcoming June 28 major. Courtesy picture.
Why are you operating for Chaffee County Commissioner? 
Alison Brown: I like dwelling right here in rural Chaffee County the place I reside on a small ranch and work at a area workplace for my firm NAVSYS.  I’ve additionally based a number of native businesses1 and made many buddies getting concerned with completely different neighborhood actions together with the Salida Sunrise Rotary.  But, since transferring right here in 2011, I’ve seen Right to Ranch safety eroded threatening or rural agricultural companies, and excessive over-regulation exercised by native authorities officers in opposition to a number of native enterprise and land homeowners.
We reside in a county the place officers consider they’ll regulate entry and use of public lands (each State and Federal), can redefine in Chaffee codes rights granted by means of Colorado Statute for agricultural safety, can arbitrarily interpret the land-use to disclaim property rights, and might change and retroactively apply code adjustments to remove residents’ property rights, even to the extent of denying you occupancy in your own home.   
I’m operating for County Commissioner as a result of I consider that each citizen ought to have the liberty to construct their American dream with out undue Government interference.  I consider in smaller, fairer, extra accountable authorities, and as Commissioner I’ll combat to defend residents’ constitutional rights and restore ethics and accountability in Chaffee County authorities. 
 What is your strongest qualification as a candidate; what makes you the finest candidate presently for this function? 
Alison Brown: The residents of Chaffee County deserve Government officers that they’ll belief to behave pretty and responsibly and respect their constitutional rights.  Before deciding to run myself, I talked to others who had been contemplating operating for Commissioner and who shared my views on the necessity to restore ethics and accountability inside our County Government.  Due to issues they shared, that standing up in opposition to the “institution” might adversely have an effect on their companies and livelihood, they determined to not run.  Having seen “concentrating on” by Chaffee County in opposition to chosen residents, together with myself, I can perceive their reluctance.  In my function as a small enterprise proprietor, I’ve many occasions needed to face bullying by each authorities organizations and large companies.  I’ve earned a popularity for talking “reality to energy” which has, because of speaking my unhealthy experiences, enabled adjustments to be enacted which were helpful for many different small companies. 
I’m not afraid to face up for residents’ rights, and take motion when wanted, which is why I filed a Constitutional lawsuit in opposition to Chaffee County for violations of the Fourteenth Amendment.  This go well with will shed daylight on a number of the egregious practices that Chaffee has taken in opposition to its residents, which embody altering laws after which retroactively imposing them2.  The County’s personal arguments on this lawsuit defending its actions are chilling.  Given the intensive adjustments to the land-use code that the County is presently engaged on, all property homeowners needs to be involved over whether or not Chaffee will respect their present property rights as required by the Constitution.  My enterprise management, together with my sturdy dedication to the oath to defend the Constitution, that I’ve taken many occasions earlier than in my prior authorities roles, make me the most effective candidate to handle critical points inside our County authorities which were allowed to fester underneath our present management. 
 What do you wish to accomplish must you be chosen as a county commissioner? 
Alison Brown:  A prime precedence for me is to handle ethics and accountability points.  I might work to guarantee Chaffee’s Conflict of Interest coverage is uniformly adopted, and I might guarantee that full reporting of all expenditures of public cash be made obtainable to the general public.  
 My subsequent precedence is addressing workforce housing wants.  This is important for supporting each our native workforce and enterprise homeowners with a purpose to permit them to develop our economic system.  In addition to the continued applications being run by Chaffee Housing Trust and Chaffee Housing Authority, I plan to suggest choices for landowners, to encourage them to benefit from their already Permitted proper in leisure, rural and residential zoning to have an “Additional Single Family Dwelling” which can be utilized to offer workforce housing.   
Preserving our rural heritage and restoring protections for native farmers and ranchers can be a precedence for me.  I’ll interact with the Chaffee County Right to Ranch Board to revive their capability to help mediation to guard each small and enormous agricultural operations, together with 4-H, in accordance with Colorado Statutes.  I may even carry out a assessment of the present County group and workers roles, publish job descriptions that the general public can entry, and suggest a plan for reorganizing the County to handle workers shortages which can be affecting financial progress, and likewise determine areas the place conventional county workers positions, corresponding to code enforcement, are lacking in our present County group.  I might additionally assessment workers and board coaching materials on their function as public servants to guarantee that they’re totally knowledgeable on their duties to guard residents’ constitutional rights  
 What is the best problem going through Chaffee County and what options are you proposing to handle it? 
Alison Brown: Our present economic system in Chaffee County is extraordinarily depending on the recreation business.  Long-term residents of Chaffee will recall the financial crash that occurred when a significant employer, the Climax Mine, closed within the 1980s4.  We must “future proof” our economic system to guard Chaffee in opposition to a single level of failure that might trigger a catastrophic impact on our economic system (consider the impact COVID had on the Recreation business for instance).   
 Industries that I might instantly determine as being necessary to additional develop are manufactured housing and know-how jobs.  We are lucky in Chaffee that Fading West Building Systems have constructed a revolutionary manufacturing unit in Buena Vista and supply each native employment and likewise badly wanted workforce housing.  Improvements in manufactured housing and Tiny Home design are dramatically altering reasonably priced housing development and it is a progress business that I might encourage in Chaffee, not least to handle our personal important workforce housing scarcity.    
 Regarding, know-how jobs I might additionally arrange applications to encourage members of the rising nationwide neighborhood of “Digital Nomads” to find in Chaffee.  These extremely-expert, location-impartial staff can convey distant jobs to Chaffee County and likewise function function fashions to encourage native college students to contemplate STEM associated various profession choices. Research has additionally proven that every new excessive-tech job within the U.S. creates 5 further jobs within the service economy5, a considerably larger employment multiplier than both agriculture, recreation, development or healthcare.  (*3*), to develop and “future proof” our economic system, I would offer management to begin a Chaffee County “angel investor” group to offer financing for new enterprise begin-ups in our County, following fashions which have proved profitable in different rural areas corresponding to TechStart6 in Fremont County and the Greater Colorado Venture Fund7.    
 What is your place relating to the chance that Chaffee County could put a poll query on elevating county property taxes to fund workforce housing? Do you help it, or do you help one other various and if  so, what’s it? 
 Alison Brown: I’ve positioned workforce housing in my prime precedence listing to handle as a County Commissioner, however I don’t help elevating county property taxes to fund workforce housing.  Given the financial impacts that this area has confronted over the previous few years from COVID, the very last thing Chaffee residents want presently are will increase in taxes.   
 Colorado handed HB22-11178 within the final session which supplies a a lot better possibility for Chaffee County to handle the important want for each workforce housing and entry to childcare. This invoice permits Chaffee, by means of a poll initiative, to get voter approval to make use of present lodging tax revenues to offer housing and childcare for the native workforce.  Rather than a poll query to lift county property taxes, I might help a poll query, underneath the authority granted by HB22-1117, to allocate a proportion of the present accepted lodging taxes, which whole roughly $800K a 12 months, to fund applications in Chaffee County to help workforce housing growth and entry to childcare. 
Brown has additionally answered the candidate questions on 411.org, once more the one one of many three major candidates to take action. Should the opposite candidates reply our questions, Ark Valley Voice will present their solutions to the general public.
Editor’s be aware: Brown has been an investor in Ark Valley Voice. she has no editorial enter our management.

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