Moving Jeffco ForwardMaking sure Jefferson County remains one of Colorado's best places to live, work, play, and raise a family.
Jefferson County’s stunning open space program is the crown jewel of the Denver-metro area. Jeffco just wouldn’t be Jeffco without open space, and it’s why so many of us choose to live here - and gives us (and our families) a whole lot to do on weekends. Ask anybody: I have a long history as a champion for open space.
In my time in public service, I’ve been a fierce advocate for public lands in general and Jefferson County Open Space in particular. Why? That’s easy: I regularly bike, hike, and recreate in our public lands, and I’ll do everything I can to protect them so that my kids and their kids can enjoy them like I have.
As your Jefferson County Commissioner, here’s my promise to you:
- I will fight to expand multi-use trails that allow for non-motorized hiking, equestrian, and mountain biking – and for a comprehensive regional trail system to connect public lands, parks, and other trail systems.
- Increase funding for outdoor education programs, and partner with Jeffco Public Schools and area community colleges to provide resources for our students to learn about and enjoy our public lands. That’s an easy way to ensure their long future.
- Increase financial and strategic support for wildfire mitigation.
- Finally, I’ll advocate to expand our conservation easement program, and I’ll work one-on-one with our family farms, ranchers, and homeowners to protect land from overdevelopment.
As Colorado grows, it can get more and more difficult to get to where we need to go by car. There’s no doubt that we need to do more to expand our existing automobile infrastructure, and to better maintain the roads we do have through targeted investments. But it’s a mistake to invest in roads, wipe our hands, and call it done. Jefferson County can and must be a leader in multimodal transportation solutions that reflect the reality of the age we live in: From ride-sharing apps to light rail trains to bicycling to and from work (guilty as charged!), there are a lot of ways to get around.
Where Jeffco falls short are the critical first-mile and last-mile links to and from transportation hubs. Investing in these connections makes it much, much easier for folks to rely on new transportation tools - which has the added benefit of reducing the strain on our roads. An investment in multimodal options is, in that way, an investment in our traditional automotive infrastructure.
As a dad to three kids growing up in this digital age, I’m keenly aware of the importance of increasing access to mental health care. It’s why I recently joined the board of directors of the Second Wind Fund after working with them for many years. The example set by the Second Wind Fund is an important one: Jefferson County must continue to partner with it and other innovative treatment providers to expand the levels of support we’re able to provide those who need it most.
There’s a lot of work we can do at the county level, in partnership with the state, to help a lot of people. But we’re able to exponentially grow our impact through work with outside organizations to ensure that everybody who needs mental health care can and will get good, timely, and easy access. Lives are on the line, especially among our teenagers, veterans, and medically underserved.