Mary Lynch, candidate for Douglas County commissioner, District 1

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Party: Democrat

City or town of residence: Parker

Profession: Software analyst

Campaign website: MaryLynch4DougCo.com

What makes you the best choice for commissioner?

Choice. One party has ruled over the Douglas County commissionerships for 30-plus years. I, on the other hand, am from the OTHER party. I have lived in Douglas County 25 years, am a businesswoman and mom, and have two kids who went to Douglas County public schools and graduated from Chaparral High School in Parker. I want to be a voice of CHOICE for everyone who cares about making bipartisan decisions that lead to SUSTAINABLE solutions.

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

The most critical job of the commissioner is protecting the outstanding quality of life enjoyed by Douglas County's residents. I believe we must prepare Douglas County for climate change, ensure families can raise happy, healthy children and provide the resources required by our aging citizens. We can't only be a county of law and order, but one of nature and nurture as well.

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

Managing growth is one of our most pressing challenges. We only need to look at the congestion of our roads and the daily ozone alerts to see the negative outcomes of the commissioners' past strategies. The commissioners have not paid enough attention to delivering a sustainable solution while conducting a love affair with developers who look to suffocate Douglas County under square miles of asphalt.

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

As we've seen this summer throughout the West, fires are devastating and the threat to people and property values cannot be underestimated. Water is the second largest issue for Douglas County as we need better water allocation, monitoring and storage strategies. I intend to bring a new point of view to the Douglas County Growth plan based on minimizing our fire risk, water usage and carbon footprint.

What must you accomplish to consider yourself a successful commissioner?

I would be overjoyed if I could contribute to: A plan for Douglas County to have a zero-carbon footprint by 2040; a plan to make Douglas County water self-sufficient by 2030; a plan to make Douglas County's growth plan responsive to climate change.

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