Q&A with Diane Holbert, Republican candidate for Douglas County District 1 commissioner

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City or town of residence and how long lived there: Parker, 15 years

Profession: Current Douglas County commissioner

Related elected-office or public-service experience: Douglas County commissioner, Douglas County treasurer, precinct leader and Republican volunteer of 15 years. 

Why are you seeking this office?

On April 9, the Douglas County Republican Central Committee selected me to fill the position of commissioner vacated by David Weaver, who was nominated by President Trump to be U.S. Marshal for Colorado. Fellow Republicans know I am a trusted conservative running to serve the people of Douglas County.

What makes you the most qualified person for the position?

A seven-year track record as county treasurer during which I saved taxpayers approximately $2.8 million, eliminated a tax and worked with the board of county commissioners to reduce the overall tax burden on businesses. I am accountable and transparent to constituents and championed an award-winning website that makes every dollar visible to taxpayers. Working with our partners in the community, both municipal and private, requires a commissioner who is professional and trusted. I have developed those crucial relationships throughout my career. My background in economics, treasury and cash flow management uniquely qualifies me to watch the bottom line.

What would your top two priorities be if elected?

Governance. Every decision made from zoning and land-use to senior services needs to be made incorporating the all-encompassing question: Is this is the role of government? If government is not the answer, then I will keep it out of your business.

Responsible growth. Growth brings vibrancy and opportunity to our community along with challenges to infrastructure and roads. I will continue the work already started with my fellow commissioners to ensure that our citizens can rely on safe and navigable roads by developing a comprehensive transportation master plan and continuing to provide mobile tools such as traffic alerts using Waze. 

What else should the voters know about you?

A vote for Diane Holbert is a vote for an independent thinker who will listen to constituents and not shy away from tough decisions. My decisions will be based on principles of limited government and upholding our constitution. I will represent you and I respectfully ask for your vote.

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