Abe Laydon, candidate for Douglas County commissioner, District 1

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Party: Republican

City or town of residence: Lone Tree

Profession: Land-use attorney

Campaign website: www.abeforcommissioner.com

What makes you the best choice for commissioner?

I am a positive, optimistic leader that listens with the right qualifications and experience to do the job. After knocking on thousands of doors and connecting personally with voters throughout this county, I feel I understand firsthand what my fellow citizens believe is important. As a fifth-generation Coloradan, 15-year land-use attorney, and two-term Douglas County planning commissioner I can also provide the essential experience Douglas County residents need in a county commissioner to effectuate the goals they are communicating to me like traffic, safety, and fiscal accountability.

What do you see as the most important responsibilities of a county commissioner?

A county commissioner must anticipate, communicate and collaborate. As one of just three chief executives of a $400 million budget governing 346,000 citizens, a commissioner must be an experienced, dynamic and visionary leader that can see the big picture far into the future and then have the fortitude to set the wheels in motion and ensure our county remains exceptional. That only happens when a leader can plan proactively for problems ahead, work effectively with all stakeholders, and then build bridges through respect and professionalism to make our common goals a reality.

Has the board of commissioners responded well to population growth in recent years?

The Board of County Commissioners has worked very hard to anticipate the needs of future citizens while balancing the concerns of our rural communities, and I am proud of our county leadership over the years. That said, so much more can be done in the future to ensure that we have beautiful communities with incredible amenities without the negative externalities of traffic congestion and blight. I am ready with solutions now.

What is the biggest challenge facing the county, and how would you approach that challenge?

Mobility. Traffic slows us down and limits where we can go and who we can connect with. Each day 53 cars are being added between Castle Rock and County Line, so we need answers that I believe I can bring immediately. As an experienced leader that has worked extensively on county planning, the county comprehensive master plan, and the traffic master plan, I have a unique insight into how we can deliver mobility to our citizens, and it starts with proper planning around density, respecting our master plan, and understanding the unique qualities of each city and town in our county before issuing building permits.

What must you accomplish to consider yourself a successful commissioner?

Success is leaving Douglas County economically responsible, vibrant, healthy, happy and safe for all of our citizens from every background while ensuring we all have clean air, clean water, excellent mobility and phenomenal opportunities to thrive in our work and businesses. First up are traffic solutions, which I have promised from day one and I am going to deliver. I humbly thank the citizens of Douglas County for their consideration!

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