Q&A with Bob Kennedy, Republican candidate for Douglas County clerk and recorder


City or town of residence: Parker, 24 years

Profession: Learning and development

Related elected-office or public-service experience: State chairman for a Republican presidential candidate in 2016. Started out 14 years ago as a GOP assembly delegate, became a precinct leader, then a district captain. As district captain, served on and chaired several Douglas County Republican committees. Have been highly active in a number of candidate campaigns at the county and state level.

Why are you seeking this office?

I have always had a high degree of respect and admiration for previous Douglas County clerk and recorders. I want to restore the high level of service, professionalism and leadership to the office that Douglas County residents have become accustomed to in the past.

What makes you the most qualified person for the position?

How county residents interact with government is evolving. Residents want government services that make their lives easier, that are more efficient, and that utilize the advances in technology they're used to in other areas of their life. Partnered with good people skills, I have the leadership and advanced technology acumen to bring next generation solutions to local government. Some areas include using a phone app to easily renew license plates, making county records fully accessible through a cloud-based database, and exploring the feasibility and security of electronic block-chain voting. I bring high-level innovation to the office that my opponent doesn't have.

What would your top two priorities be if elected?

My first priority will be to improve the quality of service of our motor vehicle registration department. Based on last year's citizen survey, only 44 percent of citizens said they were very satisfied with that department's performance. That has to change. My second priority will be technology upgrades. Technologically, Douglas County's Clerk and Recorder's office is 7-10 years behind other counties, such as Arapahoe and El Paso counties. Instead of constantly trying to catch up, we need to get ahead of changes in technology. Block chain voting is one of several examples that are coming faster than most residents and county employees realize.

What else should the voters know about you?

I am a fiscal conservative. Since 2013, Douglas County's population has grown 8.5 percent while the clerk and recorder's office budget and size has unbelievably increased by 30 percent. As a budget hawk, I believe we need to bring the annual spending and size of the clerk's office back to sensible levels.


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