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County Commissioner District 1
Incumbent Democrat Will Toor is facing two opponents in his bid for a second term as County Commissioner for the District 1 seat: Ralph Shnelvar, a libertarian, and Patrick Brophy, a Republican. Toor’s accomplishments while in office include shoring up county funding for human services and environmental programs in the face of state funding cuts; promoting innovative environmental programs, including BuildSmart, one of the strongest green building codes in the nation; and expanding programs that offer health care, mental health care, transitional housing and drug treatment to county residents. He wants to see Boulder County become a leader in renewable energy use and the development of renewable-energy businesses and technology.
Shnelvar, a computer programmer, believes the current county commissioners micro-manage county residents and do so poorly. He is a founding member of Paper Tigers, a group focused on open and honest elections. He wants to restore property rights and expand personal freedoms, which he believes the current commissioners have helped to erode. Patrick Brophy likewise wants to protect property rights.
Although we respect Shnelvar and Brophy’s passion for property rights, neither can match Toor when it comes to seeing the big picture on issues like human services, global climate change and land preservation. Toor’s concern for low-income families, those who are mentally ill and those facing health crises is genuine, as his tireless efforts to maintain county services demonstrates. He has more than earned Boulder Weekly’s endorsement. Vote for Will Toor for County Commissioner.
County Commissioner District 2
Incumbent Democrat Ben Pearlman is running for re-election against two challengers, a Republican Aaron J. Hobbs, and Libertarian Bo Shaffer. Hobbs says he wants to institute a “no-fluff, balanced budget” and focus on economic growth and job creation. He opposes limits on the size of houses that property owners can build on county land or on the kinds of houses they can build. He believes increasing taxes are resulting in a poorer quality of life for county residents.
Pearlman has served as a commissioner since 2004, working on issues like funding for human services, preserving rural land and opening land for wildlife and recreation. He is committed to lowering the county’s carbon footprint and supports Ballot Issue 1A. He wants county government to be open and responsive to citizens’ concerns.
Bo Shaffer has served on the Boulder Mosquito Citizens Advisory Board and was elected in 2004 to the Left Hand Water District.
Shaffer favors reducing the size of government at all levels. He also opposes the “War on Drugs.” We support commissioners’ efforts to do all they can to combat climate change. Further, we think Pearlman has done a good job of balancing the needs of our county’s residents. We’d like to see him serve another four-year term. Elect Ben Pearlman.
County Commissioner District 3
Democrat Cindy Domenico was appointed County Commissioner in July 2007 after the death of Commissioner Tom Mayer and is now running for election against two challengers — Libertarian Randy Luallin and Dick Murphy, a Republican. Prior to serving as commissioner, Domenico was elected to three terms as County Assessor. A fourth-generation Coloradan, she hopes to improve human services and to spend taxpayers’ money wisely.
Randy Luallin, an Army veteran, has repeatedly run for county commissioner, and there’s no doubting his sincerity. Luallin opposes the “Worthy Cause” tax and the various limitations imposed by County Commissioners on building on private land. He accuses the current commissioners of making things difficult for private landowners, while going easy on corporations like Cemex.
Murphy has an impressive record, having been appointed as deputy treasurer for Colorado three times and having worked as assistant superintendant of Boulder Valley School District. He’s running in part because no one else will, but also to address property-rights decisions that he believes will lead to lawsuits.
Domenico wins our endorsement with her experience as commissioner and assessor and with her concern for those county residents who are struggling. Elect Cindy Domenico.
Jerry M. Roberts
Democrat Jerry M. Roberts is running unopposed for the position of Boulder County Assessor. He is the current County Assessor, appointed in July 2007 to replace elected Boulder County Commissioner Cindy Domenico. The Boulder County’s Assessor’s Office is responsible for 120,000 properties, worth an approximate $48 billion in market value.
Roberts is committed to excellent service to the taxpayers of Boulder County and believes in innovation and strong, collaborative leadership and partnership. He has been a member of the Assessor’s Office staff since 1980 and maintains the highest level of licensure granted by the Colorado Board of Real Estate Appraisers.
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