The contest in the race for State Senate, District 4, features two candidates at opposite ends of the political spectrum. Democrat Joe Alsup is new …
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The contest in the race for State Senate, District 4, features
two candidates at opposite ends of the political spectrum.
Democrat Joe Alsup is new to the political arena, with a
professional background that speaks of strong management experience
in developing business transformation and technology solutions on a
Armed with a master’s degree in business administration, he has
worked with international firms and governments. Alsup is a
gentleman cattle rancher in Larkspur. He has no previous public
Republican Mark Scheffel is a political veteran and tax attorney
who has been advising clients on business and tax issues since
1989. He was selected to be the chair of the Douglas County
Republican Party from 2004-07 and is the former vice chair of the
5th and 6th Congressional districts. His term as party chair began
one year after he embarked on his role as county attorney in Elbert
County. Scheffel’s background and experience in politics makes him
the better candidate in this race, which comes at a time
constituents can ill-afford to support a public official with a
learning curve as steep as Alsup’s.
Alsup’s run for office appears to many to be a first effort to
“get involved” and “make a difference.” In a recent candidate forum
he cited one of America’s most quotable presidents by saying, “Like
John F. Kennedy said ‘Any person can make a difference. Every one
of us should try,’ and that is what I am doing. I am trying to make
a difference. Join me.”
In today’s political and economic climate, constituents deserve
a candidate with far greater political acumen than Alsup possesses.
During an interview, he was at a loss to find the meaning of the
term “capital improvements.” Alsup would be well served to get a
feel for how the wheels of government work at the local level
before seeking a state Senate seat.
With an accessible personality that belies a steely
intelligence, Scheffel’s early campaign literature spoke strongly
to the conservative values many of his constituents hold dear.
Scheffel’s platform is strong on economic reform, and he has a
background in tax and business finance. He is prepared to tackle
the issues of greatest concern to his constituents.
Douglas County Commissioner District 2
Steve Boand has proven himself to be a true leader in Douglas
County. You’re as likely to see Boand at in-depth discussions of
Douglas County’s water issues as you are to see him at community
festivals like Castle Rock’s Starlighting. He sees beyond Douglas
County’s population centers and once spent the night in the back of
his truck in Sedalia to get a feel for the train noise people there
were complaining about. Plain-spoken, approachable and responsive,
Boand is what local government should be.
Douglas County Commissioner District 3
Jill Repella is a committed public servant who has proven
herself to be a worthy successor for departing commissioner Melanie
Worley. Her experience as a member of the Douglas County School
Board offers her a broad view of Douglas County. Electing her to
the board of county commissioners will not only let her look at
growth in a new light, but opens the door for even better
communication between county government and its school system. It’s
rare to come across this level of experience on ballots for local
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