Q&A with Victoria Reynolds, candidate for Douglas County commissioner, District 2

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Party: Libertarian

Residence: Sedalia

Campaign website: www.victoriareynolds2020.com

What makes you the best choice for this office?

I am a widow and a mother who put two kids through college, a resident of Douglas County who happens to be an economist. I will not spend the taxpayers' money like it's candy. I am also a regular person and who is not bought or sold by corporations, I believe that I best represent the interests of the residents of Douglas county.  I am running to serve the constituency not to rule over them. When the other candidates did nothing, I stood up to the governor to open the economy. Many joined me in my first protest in April and in the protests afterwards.

If you're elected, what single issue will be at the top of your agenda?

I have two. I would like to utilize the program already in place of alternative sentencing for nonviolent offenders. This program costs $11 a day instead of $105 a day, the cost to keep an inmate in jail. This would save the taxpayers $94 a day per inmate. I also want to remove regulations for the retail sale of cannabis. In 2012 Prop 64 legalized marihuana in Colorado, however, in Douglas County the sale of cannabis is illegal, but legal in surrounding counties, thus bleeding revenue from Douglas County to them.

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

Keeping the economy open and saving your money.  We need to recognize that there is no such thing as government funds. If we save money and increase revenue by bringing in new business to Douglas County, the economy prospers, we prosper and we can cut taxes for people who live and work in Douglas.

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

The most important role is to protect the rights of individuals, to protect our money and our businesses and livelihoods.  I am here to represent the people who live and work in Douglas County.  

What new challenges brought about by COVID-19 do you see affecting the county in the coming years and how will you help address them?

While the virus is real, it is not the job of the government to rule on how people live our lives. I believe that the voters of Douglas County know how to take care of themselves and of their families. If they can vote, they can also make their own decisions on what is best for them.  

What do you believe Douglas County's health services should look like in the future?

The health department is there to protect, promote and improve the health of the residents of Douglas County through integrated, county and community efforts. They are not to mandate what individuals should do but rather give guidance to the people.  Their regulatory powers are for businesses only to ensure proper health standards are being upheld.

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