2020 primary: GOP candidates for Dougco District 2 commissioner

District includes south and west county, including Castle Rock

Elliott Wenzler
ewenzler@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 6/9/20

Two Republicans are facing off in the party’s June 30 primary for Douglas County District 2 commissioner: Clint Dorris and George Teal. The winner will face unopposed Democrat Lisa Neal-Graves in …

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2020 primary: GOP candidates for Dougco District 2 commissioner

District includes south and west county, including Castle Rock

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Two Republicans are facing off in the party’s June 30 primary for Douglas County District 2 commissioner: Clint Dorris and George Teal. The winner will face unopposed Democrat Lisa Neal-Graves in November’s general election. Ballots were being mailed to voters starting June 8.

District 2 encompasses southern and western Douglas County, including Castle Rock, Castle Pines, Larkspur, Perry Park and Roxborough. The winner in November will succeed Roger Partridge. (While they represent different parts of Douglas County, commissioners are elected at large.)

Colorado Community Media submitted these questions to the candidates.

Clint Dorris

Town of residence:  Unincorporated Douglas County

Profession: Small business owner

Campaign Website: electclint.com

Q: What makes you the best choice for this office?

I have the education and work experience to be effective immediately. I’ve led highly successful organizations and missions that have accomplished very difficult objectives.  

I am the only candidate that has: led multi-billion-dollar organizations with integrity; physically defended our constitution; the experience identifying and implementing cost savings opportunities in large organizations; has small businesses and understands how government can overburden them to the point of failure; that has been interviewed for two different U.S. Senate confirmed positions in the Trump administration; and no conflicts of interest with large home builders and developers in the county.

Q: What single issue do you think should be at the top of the Board of County Commissioners agenda in 2021?

Every elected official takes an oath of office to support the constitution of the United States and the State of Colorado. I believe it is imperative that we eliminate all other opportunities in statute that provides an unelected official or employee to override the decisions of our elected officials. Lately, we have many citizens feeling marginalized by out-of-touch government decisions. Solutions include finding relief from heavy handed health department decrees and ensuring that enforcement of laws don’t violate constitutional rights like our 1st and 2nd Amendment rights. This should also include investigating Douglas County as a Home Rule county.

Q: If elected, what must you accomplish in order for you to consider your term a success?

Ensure Douglas County is the best place in America to be a family. That includes:

1. New health department solution

2. Douglas County as a Home Rule county

3. Eliminate instances where an unelected official can drive the county into economic ruin

4. Create 10 to 20% cost savings

5. Create and start the implementation of a 50-year water plan for the county

6. Create a county-specific pandemic plan and cyber security plan

7. Develop private partnerships for home ownership supporting our teachers, firefighters and police

8. Eliminate government barriers to small business growth

9. Bring more high paying jobs into the county

Q: How will you accomplish these things?

Leverage my proven leadership experiences gained while serving as a senior leader in industry and the U.S. Government to aggressively build back the economy while eliminating financial waste, to bring the entire county together as a neighborhood in order to solve some of our most pressing community issues, to create creative partnering agreements with other government organizations to provide executive level oversight and insight into our large transportation projects so that the county isn’t taken advantage of financially and so that projects are completed in a timely manner. 

Q: What do you see as the biggest challenge to the future of Douglas County and its citizens?

In the near term, I see recovering from the COVID shutdown and its waterfall effects for the next 12 months as a significant black hole of uncertainty economically and emotionally for every citizen and business within our borders. I refuse to support any tax increases on our citizens already hit by COVID financial troubles. This is why crisis proven and principled executive government leadership is imperative at this unique point in our county’s history. In the long-term, growth beyond our infrastructure and natural resources would seem to be a significant challenge without a comprehensive and integrated plan.

George Teal

Town of residence: Castle Rock

Profession: Software Project Manager and IT Business Consultant, Castle Rock Town Council member

Campaign website: georgefordougco.com

Q: What makes you the best choice for this office?

Experience and tenaciousness. Having served on the Castle Rock Town Council since 2014, I’ve been honored to represent my neighbors while also working for the residents of Douglas County.

As councilman, I cut taxes, reduced fees, and protected our God-given rights. I also helped build better neighborhoods, worked to manage the negative impacts of growth, and became known as a fierce advocate for my district.

I’ve also had the opportunity to serve on boards and commissions to include DRCOG, the Cherry Creek Water Authority, E-470 Authority, Chatfield Water Authority (Chairman), South I-25 Steering Committee, and the RTD Re-Imagine Committee.

Q: What single issue do you think should be at the top of the Board of County Commissioners agenda in 2021?

If you would have asked me that question six months ago, my answer would be different; but given the events of the last four months, I believe it’s time to form our own county health department.

Joining Tri-County made sense 30 years ago (when cows outnumbered people), but over my last six years on town council, I’ve seen them advocate for policies and positions that do not represent our values. And the recent lockdown proved it’s time to form a county health department that answers to us -- not to outside special interests and not to Adams and Arapahoe counties.

Q: If elected, what must you accomplish in order for you to consider your term a success?

Just as we formed our own judicial district, we need our own county health department. But I’d also like to see our county reinstitute some form of the Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR) so that we can maintain our county finances just as our municipalities do.

And we need to become a Home Rule County so that we can have more local control - which would afford us the opportunity to become a true 2nd Amendment Sanctuary County - while also giving us the ability to resist the liberal overreach we see every day from our State Legislature and Governor.

Q: How will you accomplish these things?

Just as I’ve done over the last six years: I’ll work with my colleagues and municipal partners while leveraging the relationships I’ve built over the last 20 years of living in this amazing county. And I’ll respect the role of staff and policy leaders, while also keeping government limited and bureaucracy in check.

I am a fierce advocate for my district - and as commissioner, that won’t change. I will always be accountable to the voters, and, just as I’ve done over the last six years, I will be responsive, forward-leaning and 100% committed to the work.

Q: What do you see as the biggest challenge to the future of Douglas County and its citizens?

Again - my answer would have been different 6 months ago. Back then, I’d say protecting our liberty and keeping government in check. And while I still believe we can always do better when it comes to keeping government out of our day-to-day lives, today I’d say the most important challenge - that needs to be addressed first - is becoming Home Rule.

We can’t afford another economic lockdown and we need to protect ourselves from overreach of a state government that doesn’t align with our values and priorities. We need to do a better job of keeping Denver interests out of Douglas County.

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