My name is Kristin Stephens and I am running to be your next Larimer County commissioner in District 2.
For over 30 years, Larimer County has been my home. Fort Collins has been a wonderful place to work, raise my children, and represent my community in local government. I have served on the Fort Collins City Council for the last five years, representing District 4. Last year, I was appointed as mayor pro tem of the city.
During my time on council I have prioritized affordable housing and child care, environmental stewardship, and economic health. Recently, my work on council has been dedicated to our community’s safety and recovery amid COVID-19.
Throughout my campaign, people have asked me; “What does a county commissioner do?” One of a county commissioner’s most important duties is overseeing a budget of almost $600 million. Over half a billion dollars in taxpayer money is not something to be taken lightly.
The people of Larimer County should not feel like they are “in the dark” when it comes to how their money is spent. I will welcome all residents into the county’s budgeting process.
As a working mom with two jobs, I understand what it is like to live on a tight budget and struggle with affordable housing, child care, and health care in our community. I believe we need down-to-earth, compassionate leadership more than ever.
Many parts of our county are affluent, but nearly 20% of our residents live at or below the poverty level. Sadly, many people are eligible for assistance, but do not receive it. I will improve our county’s outreach efforts because our community should not allow people to go hungry or live in fear of next month’s utility bill.
COVID has dealt a major blow to our local economy. I have spoken with many business owners who are struggling to meet payroll costs during the epidemic. As commissioner, I will ensure that businesses have the resources they need to keep the lights on.
Further, I believe that improving our county’s affordability and developing our workforce will allow us to not only retain our local businesses but promote their growth.
Environmental issues have also become a dire concern in Larimer County. For two months, Coloradans have watched fires engulf our mountain communities. Climate Change will make these tragic events more frequent, and more devastating, occurrences.
We must improve our air quality, protect our watersheds, and support the county’s Climate Action program.
Finally, Larimer County must work on racial justice and equity issues. I will work with communities of color to identify gaps in county policies and programs. Our local government should serve everyone equitably and be accessible to all.
You face important choices in this election. Which candidates represent you? Are they the business-as-usual types who take large donations from special interests?
Are they partisan candidates who only listen to one side of an issue? Or would you rather see someone who represents you?
I have always fought for working families, and if I am elected, I will continue to be your advocate, promoting the compassion and civility that has been missing from government for too long.
I would be honored to serve as your next county commissioner. For more information about my campaign please visit, KristinforLarimer.com
Kristin Stephens is the Democratic nominee for Larimer County commissioner, District 2.
Read or Share this story: https://www.coloradoan.com/story/opinion/2020/10/14/colorado-2020-election-opinion-kristin-stephens-larimer-county/3625523001/