Former prosecutor, business educator.
City of residence
As the current County Commissioner, Steve is a champion for families, public safety, economic development, and affordable quality of life. Before being County Commissioner, Steve served as an Adams County Deputy District Attorney where he sought justice by balancing interests of the victim, the community, and the defendant. Steve has 10+ years experience in business as an attorney and consultant. Steve teaches business law at Regis University. Steve grew up in Colorado. His family has deep roots in the metro area and Adams County. He is proud to come from a family that promotes integrity, education, and hard work.
What makes you the best candidate for job?
Steve has a track record of success and a vision for the future. Steve has a reputation as a bridge-builder who works well with folks from both sides of the aisle, all cities in Adams County, and all corners of the state. He believes in seeking win-win outcomes that benefit all stakeholders. This is why Steve is the only District 4 candidate endorsed by police officers, firefighters, and folks across the political spectrum (Democrats, Republicans, and Unaffiliated voters).
If you’re elected, what must you accomplish in order for you to consider your term a success?
Substantial progress on public works projects, such as I-270 improvements, increased bus service, and more curbs, gutters, and sidewalks in neighborhoods.
What is the most pressing issue for Adams County residents and businesses and how will you address it?
Water and air quality impacts our rising cost of living, as well as health, safety, and quality of life.
Many residents received disturbing notices about their water quality. Now, they don't trust the water that comes out of their own faucets, so they spend hundreds of dollars on bottled water and/or filtering systems. In addition, residents continue to receive warnings about bad air quality days and the possible increase in gas prices resulting from bad air quality.
We need to increase transparency and accountability for those who pollute our air and water. Our families depend on this effort.
What is the county's role in fixing the current problem with affordable housing and what would you do about it?
We need to continue working with public and private partners to expand the housing supply, which includes many options across the housing spectrum. This helps new families wanting to build wealth for their lives and aging adults needing stability and comfort.
To address homelessness, we need to provide housing that includes wrap-around services that support the whole person (not just providing a roof over their head). The folks experiencing homelessness should be offered opportunities for shelter, mental health/addiction counseling, career/job counseling, and self-determination.
What can be done at the county level to reduce crime?
Steve is the only candidate in District 4 with law enforcement experience (Deputy District Attorney) and that is endorsed by police officers and firefighters across Adams County. He has stood up to criminals, stood up for victims, and continues to support our first responders (funding, equipment, etc).
Most importantly, we need to invest more in mental health, including more co-responders on the streets and more mental health services in the criminal justice system.
Finally, we need to continue investing in the successful Park Ranger program that has cleaned up and prevented hundreds of encampments in our parks.