Help for Working Families
I will work to make sure that we restore the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) dollars that have been frozen for several years; this has left many families in our community struggling to find affordable childcare. I will make sure that we do adequate outreach to get our residents signed up for Food Assistance so that no one in our community suffers from food insecurity. We need a regional approach to affordable and workforce housing, and I will work with our municipalities, non profit partners, and the business community on this issue.
Through serving on City Council I have been part of crafting and funding the Fort Collins’ Climate Action Plan. I believe that Larimer County can be a leader on Climate Action and Resiliency Efforts. We need to make sure that energy efficiency is a part of Facilities planning, and that we are right sizing our county fleet as we serve our 2500 square mile county. We also need to work with local municipal leaders on developing their own robust Climate Action plans, and make sure we are all protecting our vital watersheds and natural resources.
We have been able to protect and preserve our natural resources in large part due to our healthy economy which has provided tax dollars for Open Space. We need to continue to support businesses through the county’s Economic and Workforce Development, and work with the school district and higher education so that our businesses will have access to a pool of skilled employees. Many of our municipalities are also struggling with attracting skilled workers because of a lack of affordable childcare and housing; it is crucial that we work to solve these shortages.
Transportation and Infrastructure
As a member of the North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization (NFRMPO), and the Regional Transportation board I understand how important it is for us to plan, and fund our transportation infrastructure. Because ballot measure 1A did not pass in 2019, we do not have adequate funding for our transportation and transit needs. We need to work together through the NFRMPO and the regional board to address our current and future needs. We also need to support and strengthen transit options between our communities and rural areas. Finally, I believe that high speed internet is infrastructure, and we need to look for ways to connect rural communities to our fiber network.
Transparency and Open Government
We need to make sure that we are hearing from all voices in our community when we are planning and making decisions. I will continue my practice of holding listening sessions, and will work to make meeting times more convenient for those who work. I want to open government to everyone, and have broad representation on county boards and commissions. We need to explore new ways of reaching people who feel disconnected from county government.