2018 County Commission Candidates
District 1

Frank DeLalla

  • What are your qualifications for this position?

    For over 35 years I served customers in the Defense and Intelligence communities. I was Vice President of a business area that generated over $400M per year, giving me the experience to analyze and manage significant financial resources similar to our county budget. I successfully led large organizations that answered to multiple stakeholders, including end-users, their buyers, corporate leadership, and employees. I excelled at working within and managing large organizations and negotiating successful outcomes that addressed competing interests. My broad and diverse engineering background provides the discipline to analyze and solve complex problems like those facing El Paso County. My skills, knowledge, and experience give me unmatched ability to: • Prioritize the concerns of county citizens; • Manage our county’s financial resources; and • Listen and build consensus among diverse interest groups. I am a proven leader, not a “life-long politician”, bringing a fresh and innovative perspective to the Board of Commissioners.

  • What are the two most pressing issues facing the county and how will you address them?

    The most pressing issue facing our county is the adequacy of water resources to support both current community needs and future development. I will ensure that this resource is protected and not over-committed as our county grows. I will also work to integrate the various water providers into a better and more efficient system to serve our long-term needs. The significant growth our county faces means we also must ensure that land use decisions are well planned and sustainable for the future. I will strive to ensure that any new development includes the appropriate infrastructure; provides sufficient fire department, sheriff, EMS, and other public safety resources; and protects our environment, open spaces, and natural resources.

  • What should the county's budget priorities be for this position and how will you fund them?

    The primary budget priority must be the health and safety services for our citizens. This is followed closely by repairing and maintaining the infrastructure that our citizens depend on, particularly our degraded roads and bridges. We must also improve and expand our bus service to serve more citizens throughout the county, providing needed transportation for elderly and lower income citizens. Lastly, we need to get serious about implementing a light-rail system between Colorado Springs and Denver. These can be funded through better management of our existing county finances, and in the case of light-rail, through a public-private partnership.

  • What is the role of the county in the provision of affordable and universally designed housing?

    The county must be a strong partner and work together with the city of Colorado Springs to provide affordable housing for all citizens. With the significant growth projected for our county in the coming years, we must have adequate housing available for the working middle class who make our county thrive – our teachers, firemen, police, hospital workers, etc. We should use public-private partnerships to expand availability of affordable housing to support our jobs and resources throughout the county.

  • Nationally, there have been efforts on the part of state and local governments to allow for refusal of service to customers when such service conflicts with the business owner’s religious beliefs. Would you support a similar effort in El Paso County?

    I do not support discrimination against anyone, whether that is based on religious beliefs, ethnic background, gender, race, or sexual orientation. What if the County Government chose to deny services to citizens based on the religious beliefs of the Commissioners? It is not a far step to go from denying service because of conflict with religious beliefs to denying service because of racial, ethnic, or other differences. For this reason, I do not support any county government interference that would allow businesses to refuse service to people who are different or who have different beliefs.

  • What would you do to bolster systems and increase access to essential county services for traditionally underrepresented and underserved communities, particularly for those for whom transportation is a hardship?

    We need to improve and expand our bus service to serve more citizens throughout the county, providing better access to those citizens for whom transportation is a hardship. We also need to expand and improve broadband service in the rural parts of El Paso County, which would allow more dependable internet access to those county services that are available online.

  • The Pikes Peak Region has yet to fully leverage the strength of its arts, culture, and creative community as a means for tourism, branding, and economic development. How would you utilize your elected office to promote the area as a regional cultural destination?

    There is an important and powerful connection between business and the arts. In fact, a recent study by Americans for the Arts reports that arts and culture contributed approximately $153 million to our economy in 2015. As a County Commissioner I would partner with the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region to support their goals to “Cultivate, Advocate, Leverage, and Foster Collaboration” around the arts and cultural experiences throughout the Pikes Peak region. I would also support the Public Art Commission in their mission to evaluate, advocate, stimulate and facilitate matters of public art and culture.

  • As a County Commissioner, what would you do to ensure a balance between promoting job growth and sustainable development in El Paso County?

    The key to economic sustainability is to ensure that county leadership is responsive to citizens and that any development includes the appropriate infrastructure to support that development. This includes roads, schools, community safety resources (fire, sheriff, EMS, etc.), and most importantly water resources to support the new development while not adversely impacting existing homes and businesses. I believe this is a key responsibility of County Commissioners when considering any development plans. We also need to encourage more businesses with good-paying jobs to locate in El Paso County, so that our citizens can work where they live.

  • Contact Information

    delallaforccd1@gmail.com www.fdelalla.com (719) 339-3567 Education: BS and MS/Computer Science; BS/Political Science, all from Virginia Tech Occupation: Defense Industry Executive (Retired

Holly Williams

  • What are your qualifications for this position?

    I have lived a life of public service and dedication to our community. I served as Public Trustee of El Paso County, as an appointee of Governor Bill Owens from 1999 to 2007. I quadrupled net revenues for our county from $281,000 in 1999 to more than $1.2 million in 2005 and slashed the operating cost per transaction of the office from $26 to $10 while improving customer service. I earned a Master of Public Administration from UCCS focusing on local government and the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR). I have demanded and provided efficient and fiscally conservative government. As a property owner myself for more than 25 years, I am committed to keeping taxes low while funding roads, supporting public safety, and protecting and enhancing our quality of life. I am responsive and accessible – my website is www.hollyforcolorado.com and my cell is 719-385-0722.

  • What are the two most pressing issues facing the county and how will you address them?

    Transportation infrastructure including roads and bridges and water resources. I will work to ensure existing transportation revenue streams are used wisely and advocate for additional funding to relieve traffic around our military bases including Fort Carson, Peterson, and Schriever. Powers needs to be widened and extended north to Interstate 25. Additional north-south routes and east-west routes need to be completed as planned to reduce impact of local vehicles on rural roads through Black Forest and northern El Paso. I will support a citizen vote to extend the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority sales tax to fund additional projects. I will advocate for long-term water needs through the Pikes Peak Regional Water Authority and for regional agreements that share pipelines (and the building of pipelines) and storage facilities. I will also closely monitor water decisions at the state level and model proposed solutions based upon other regional solutions in Colorado.

  • What should the county's budget priorities be for this position and how will you fund them?

    First, funding for transportation issues in El Paso County through existing revenue streams, including the road impact fee for new subdivisions and a renewal of the PPRTA sales tax. Second, I support the Public Safety Funding renewal and will prioritize funding to public safety to protect our community and to prosecute illegal marijuana grow operations. Third, additional jail space if necessary through funding separate treatment facilities for detox and inmates with mental health issues. Fourth, continued funding of parks and trails to maintain our quality of life. Finally, additional support for statutory functions.

  • What is the role of the county in the provision of affordable and universally designed housing

    I support current efforts by the El Paso County Housing Authority to provide affordable housing. Affordable housing should provide an opportunity for parents to break the generational cycle of poverty by living in safer areas and near good schools. The Housing Authority should continue to support the rehabilitation of units for individuals with disabilities. New subdivisions should include sidewalks and intersections in accordance with ADA standards. As existing roads are reconstructed, or as new intersections are created, the County needs to abide by ADA standards so that sidewalks are accessible and safe to all individuals. El Paso County government should establish codes that easily and inexpensively allow universally designed housing but not impose on private owners. The County should expedite permits for universal design and fitting of existing structures.

  • Nationally, there have been efforts on the part of state and local governments to allow for refusal of service to customers when such service conflicts with the business owner’s religious beliefs. Would you support a similar effort in El Paso County?

    El Paso County departments and employees need to treat all individuals equally regardless of sex, race, religious belief, or the sexual preference of the individual citizen. El Paso County must follow the laws of the United States and Colorado constitutions and laws set forth by statute. I am running for Commissioner to ensure county services are provided to all residents (while complying with laws requiring reasonable accommodation for employees) rather than to regulate private business.

  • What would you do to bolster systems and increase access to essential county services for traditionally underrepresented and underserved communities, particularly for those for whom transportation is a hardship?

    Services provided by the Department of Human Services including food assistance, child care, temporary assistance for needy families, and the Colorado Works program need to be available to all. I will explore the opening of satellite DHS offices and/or Saturday office hours to accommodate working families. Additionally, I would encourage partnership with non-profits who are willing to provide services in other areas of the County and specifically partnerships with those who serve the disabled and elderly. As population increases, El Paso County may need to consider additional service locations within our existing budget.

  • The Pikes Peak Region has yet to fully leverage the strength of its arts, culture, and creative community as a means for tourism, branding, and economic development. How would you utilize your elected office to promote the area as a regional cultural destination?

    As Commissioner, I will support the many excellent organizations in our community. I will be an ambassador of the county by attending local and regional events, ribbon cuttings, and supporting proclamations. I will support our County Fair, events that reflect our heritage and particularly events that support our military servicemembers. I support efforts by the Convention and Visitors Bureau, Chambers of Commerce and local nonprofits to promote our region.

  • As a County Commissioner, what would you do to ensure a balance between promoting job growth and sustainable development in El Paso County?

    I will work with Senators Bennett and Gardner and Congressman Lamborn for continued support of our military bases and the defense industry so that this region remains competitive with other communities that rely on defense funding. I support increased funding for our transportation needs and a regional water solution. I believe the free market will sustain new development as individuals and companies are willing to take these risks. Growth needs to pay for its own way. I will continue to support the county’s 300 years of water requirement for new developments.

  • Contact Information

    hollyforcolorado@gmail.com www.hollyforcolorado.com (719) 385-0722 Education: UCCS (Masters of Public Administration); University of Virginia (Bachelor of Arts, American Government) Occupation: Administrative government

District 5

Cami Bremer

  • What are your qualifications for this position?

    Since 2002, I have served our community in various leadership roles across business, non-profit and government sectors. As Director of Governmental Affairs at the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, I facilitated bringing a diverse group of citizens together to address our transportation issues. The Pikes Peak RTA was formed out of that movement, and has been a sustainable solution to local infrastructure for over a decade. I also represented business interests to our local governments, so I am familiar with how the County, operates. At the City of Colorado Springs, I was responsible for communicating with and engaging citizens regarding everything from construction projects to budgeting. And for the past 10 years in the healthcare (American Heart Association and Penrose Cancer Center), I have remained engaged in the community, providing bold leadership through organizational change. Each of these positions required working with ALL stakeholders to find ways improve our community.

  • What are the two most pressing issues facing the county and how will you address them?

    1--Transportation/Infrastructure: This is a core function of government, and we must budget and allocate accordingly. We need to focus on prioritization and being able to pay for needed maintenance and improvements now and in the future. 2—Public Safety: The health of our community is directly related to safety and crime statistics. And perception is reality, so County Commissioners must partner with law enforcement to ensure real problems are solved and false perceptions are combated. Legal Marijuana must continue to be regulated, and we must crack down on the illegal grows that are changing the face of our community. Our County Commissioners must also take leadership on many other issues, including planning and development, homelessness, governmental entity coordination and economic development. They must do so through the lens of core functions of government and approach issues proactively and with long-term vision, planning for the future.

  • What should the county's budget priorities be for this position and how will you fund them?

    Budget priorities should align with the aforementioned major issues facing the County. Commissioners must ensure current infrastructure is maintained, and future improvements keep up with demand. County Commissioners must also ensure the Sheriff and District Attorney have the resources needed to keep our community safe. The budgeting process at the County is a conservative one that allows the Commissioners to prioritize General Fund dollars accordingly.

  • What is the role of the county in the provision of affordable and universally designed housing?

    Housing attainability is a complex issue facing our community, and likely one that will require public- private partnership from numerous entities. However, Commissioners must recognize their role is limited. Realistically, they can cut fees or costs that impact the real estate and building markets, and in doing so provide more inventory contributing to the current housing crisis. In addition, County Commissioners should continually streamline approval processes to ensure that new and affordable projects are completed in a timely manner. Use of specialized tax incentives for private development could also have a place.

  • Nationally, there have been efforts on the part of state and local governments to allow for refusal of service to customers when such service conflicts with the business owner’s religious beliefs. Would you support a similar effort in El Paso County?

    First Amendment rights protecting freedom of religion are paramount in a free society. County Commissioners have a duty to uphold these and other rights protected by our Federal and State Constitutions.

  • What would you do to bolster systems and increase access to essential county services for traditionally underrepresented and underserved communities, particularly for those for whom transportation is a hardship?

    Technology can improve access to government services for these audiences. With broadband services now readily available in even the most traditionally underserved communities, the County should continually look for ways to increase access to services via computer and smart devices. The County should have a strategy of making all applicable services mobile capable. In the long-term, this will both decrease cost as well as increase customer service and accessibility for all of our citizens. Most businesses now allow complete interaction on your smartphone, the County should be no different.

  • The Pikes Peak Region has yet to fully leverage the strength of its arts, culture, and creative community as a means for tourism, branding, and economic development. How would you utilize your elected office to promote the area as a regional cultural destination?

    Art and culture are an important piece of the fabric of our community. My family is involved with a local art business, so I have a strong personal connection in this area. Additionally, programs like the Colorado Springs Conservatory serve important functions for our community. As County Commissioner, one of the best things I can do is attend and be available to support our important art and cultural communities. Additionally, we need to continue to work with the US Olympic Committee and other organizations to promote opportunities for events that create a demand for tourism in our local community.

  • As a County Commissioner, what would you do to ensure a balance between promoting job growth and sustainable development in El Paso County?

    Job growth and sustainable development go hand-in-hand. As a millennial with a young child, my decisions will be made through the lens of what will work for the next 40-50 years. By establishing strong relationships with diverse stakeholders, I will continue to work to actively plan for our future instead of passively watching growth. My extensive background in relationship management for large organizations will enable me to build consensus on planning for issues like infrastructure and water while taking into account our need to preserve the unique culture and beauty of our community.

  • Contact Information

    cami.bremer@gmail.com www.CamiBremer.com 719-963-5543 Education: Bachelor of Arts (Journalism), University of Georgia; Masters of Business Administration, University of Colorado (Colorado Springs) Occupation: Community Relations (Healthcare)

Kari Frederick

Kari Frederick chose not to participate.