Candidate for Summit County Commissioner 2020
"I ask for your vote in November and will always be available to listen, discuss, and act on ideas and thoughts that are productive for all of our citizens, not just a few."
Where I Sit Before I Stand
I believe in a “hand up, not a hand out”.
I believe in personal responsibility and accountability.
I believe the resources and efforts of this country can be better deployed.
I believe "we the people" are the power behind government and that all government has become too invasive.
I believe the salary for the Commissioner’s job description is a too generous use of the Taxpayer’s monies.
I believe in the principle of “Citizen/Servant”. There are far too many politicians “living out of the pocket” of the citizens. As Jefferson espoused, “Come, Serve, Go Home."
I believe that a Commissioner should serve the Citizens, Taxpayers and Voters interests and needs.
I believe that the current LPS/SJW/BLM/ANTIFA/KKK/PB, etc., extremist manifestations are Clear and Present Dangers, are a threat to the Nation, the Constitution and the Rule of Law. As such, these groups define the term Domestic Enemy. Anarchy, Arson, Destruction, Looting, Lynching, Rioting and Shooting, especially ambushes of law enforcement, are criminal acts, not the acts of Peaceful Protest.
THIS IS A COUNTY WIDE ELECTION, BE SURE TO VOTE FOR ALL THREE DISTRICT COMMISSIONER POSITIONS
My Goals are Straightforward
Reduce the tax burden on Citizens/Residents real property owners by 20% over four years (5%/year)
Reduce the burden, cost, scope and size of County Government by 20% over four years (5%/year). This to be accomplished by normal attrition, position analysis, initiative and program review for efficacy.
Revise & Streamline building codes to promote a cost effective and timely review and approval process. Emphasis on private residences to be built with lock off housing options, and, multiple use emphasis for all new commercial development to include additional housing availability, both to alleviate the continuing housing shortage.
Require major employers to contribute & participate in the building of suitable accommodations for employee head count impact for any expansion or new projects within the County, as a part of the submission, approval and construction permitting process.
Identify & Re-purpose County owned land for Private/Public partnership development of 500-1000 seasonal employee housing headcount needs. These lands have been taken off of the tax rolls due to County ownership and, as a result, has placed a greater burden on the "taxpayers" to fund the County coffers.
I will earmark 50% of my Commissioner’s compensation ($50,000), as donations and contributions towards the following worthwhile efforts:
$20,000 annually; $5,000 each to Domus Pacis, Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, High County Conservation Center, and the Summit Chamber of Commerce.
$20,000, annually, towards scholarship grants for students attending Colorado Mountain College in Summit County and pursuing business studies. Grants to be based on fiscal need and scholarship achievement.
$10,000 for need assistance programs, Veterans support programs, etc. Consideration for such based on submitted application with emphasis on efficacy.
Elimination of Food & Personal Hygiene Products Sales Tax in grocery & convenience stores, as well as pharmacies, by the towns and County, for permanent residents of Summit County. This tax has a disparate impact on the lowest quintile of wage earners in our area. Simply put, those earning the least have to pay more for their basic needs; Government should not be allowed to place a tax burden on those who can least afford it.
Ban the use Eminent Domain to rescind Conservation Easement granted in perpetuity.
And, finally, I pledge to serve one term, and one term only.
My Personal History
Currently, I am a board member with the Summit Chamber for the past ten years, a past member of the former Breckenridge Resort Chamber, as well as the former Dillon Business Association.
I have been a former board member with the St. Peters, MO Chamber of Commerce, and member of O’Fallon, MO, St. Charles, MO, Lake of The Ozarks, MO Chambers of Commerce, and a former member of the St. Charles County, MO, Economic Development Council.
While semi-retired, I am an adjunct professor, for the past ten years, at Colorado Mountain College in the AA and BSBA degree programs in business, economics, marketing, and strategic planning. I provide business development and counseling services for the Center For Business Success as a part of the Colorado Mountain College’s initiative to further business success and sustainability in a limited economic growth environment.
I have been a landowner in Summit County since 1991, and a self-built/homeowner since 2006.
On my father’s side, my family background goes back to the late 19th and early 20th Century in Colorado. My Grandfather and his brother immigrated from Bern, Switzerland, landing at Ellis Island in pursuit of a better life and opportunities in the United States. He first worked for successful capitalists in New York City, moved on to Ohio as a “mine inspector” (he carried the canary in the cage to detect the presence of methane gas!), and ended up mining in Leadville, around the turn of the Century. He made his fortune, while in Leadville, and relocated to the southwest corner of Missouri in the Monet/Verona,/Aurora area south of Springfield, buying land to raise a family.
When the Depression hit, he lost his land to the County Government, when he couldn’t earn enough money off of the land to pay the property taxes. By that time there were eleven children in the family. Most went to work at whatever jobs they could find to keep the family sheltered and fed. The family moved to Grand Junction, during the thirties, to raise strawberries as sharecroppers; trucking the harvest to San Francisco, in the spring, where it commanded the best price at market. My father, returning to his father’s roots, worked in the mines in Leadville, quarried in Marble, and was an avalanche patrolman at Vail Pass for the Forestry Service during the Depression.
My father, as did most of the older children, had to interrupt his education, leaving in the eighth grade, to help provide for the family. He later took a job with the VA in Washington, DC, served in the US Navy, during WWII, and after the war started a lithography business, having learned the trade of a photoengraver while in Missouri.
He earned his HS equivalency by correspondence through International Correspondence School courses and completed two years of business education, as well.
I grew up in an entrepreneurial environment; my father started and successfully ran four businesses in his lifetime, including being a “man of the soil”. In addition to his lithographic work for various government agencies, GPO, CIA, DIA, and NASA, he “tilled the soil” and was active until his passing growing Colorado Blue Spruce, Zoyza grass tuff, and other “truck farm” crops.
As I was a part of the enterprise, I came to understand his memory of the government taking the family farm for taxes in the Depression. His admonishment to me was to “always make enough money, through your own efforts, so the government can’t take your land, provide for your family, and never take on debt.”
My mother’s side was original immigrants from England, France, and Ireland. All came here for a better life. They settled in rural Virginia in the early 1600’s through the late 1700’s; fought for what they considered was right, on both sides of the Civil War and pursued their dreams of having the basic human needs: shelter, food and a good life.
Both sides of my family arrived in this country because it was the only place on Earth that held out hope and the opportunity for a better life. They left behind the hopelessness of the European Experience.
I was raised in the Methodist church, with my mother being the matriarch and my father the patriarch. As you can imagine, being raised as a Methodist with a Lutheran influence, I have core and fundamental beliefs as to what is the role of the individual and what is the role of government.
As I grew up working in the family businesses, I had many opportunities to observe and ask questions as to what life and business was all about. The most profound revelation came when I was about twelve years old. I remember asking my father what business was all about; he replied, “Son, you have to figure out what people want, provide it to them for a price that they can afford, make a reasonable profit, and create jobs for others.”
My father, of Swiss/German/Lutheran origins, was a lifelong fiscally conservative Republican who understood very few have the ability to create jobs, but when they do, they should always be mindful that, as capitalists, they were the providers of the hope for prosperity.
I have had a wonderful life. Starting with growing up in an entrepreneurial family, being the first member of my family to ever attend and graduate college. I have had a varied career path which has included providing electronic countermeasures equipment for the military, to being in the consumer sector, being an educator for most of my life (I have been an adjunct professor for over forty years). I have owned a part of, or started, four different successful companies.
In doing so, I, at one time had over 1500 employees in all fifty states; dealt with five different recessions, made payrolls and paid the bills. I have experience in businesses acquisitions, development, divestitures, mergers, start-ups, and valuations. I know how to assess, evaluate, organize, and measure a successful implementation of effort.
I have experience and know that the only thing that makes the American Dream a reality for people is the hope and promise of an opportunity to experience success.
I believe that, as individuals, we are responsible for bettering society. As such, I was a board member for twenty-five years with Boone Center, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that provides meaningful and fulfilling employment for over 200 people with developmental disabilities. Along with my fellow board members we took a small sheltered workshop for those with disabilities, such as Downs Syndrome, and took it from the “dark ages” to a strong, vibrant, and nurturing peer environment where the members of the production team thrive and are alive with hope, fulfillment, and satisfaction of a good job done well.
I am a US Army veteran with service in Southeast Asia; am a former pilot, and air traffic controller, believe that all who serve and sacrifice are owed a debt of gratitude, as they secure our Constitutional freedoms from the efforts of those who would degrade and destroy this great country.
I am a lifetime member of the American Legion, AMVETS and VFW; as well, as a member and supporter of the NRA.
Originally born in Washington, DC, and growing up in Fairfax County, VA, in family owned businesses, I hold a BSBA from George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, and an MBA from Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO, and am a former senior level corporate executive with international experience & business development with an industry dominant company, formerly based in Alexandria, VA, and St. Charles, MO.
In the past I have held all licenses in the Insurance industry in 48 out of the 50 States. I held a Real Estate license while co-owning the St. Louis market Sunbelt Business Brokers franchise with my longtime business partner.
I am the alternative to the Liberal, Progressive, Socialist agenda, and the acolytes of Marx, Goebbels, Alinsky and Soros, that have been infecting this country for over 100 years with the idea that any government could, should and would rule your life better than yourself.
I have the background, experience, seasoning, and intellect to lead this county to a better future and outcome; I ask for your VOTE.