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I’m Doug Monger, and I’m running for re-election as Routt County commissioner for District 2. I was born and raised in Steamboat, graduated from Steamboat Springs High School, and then from the University of Northern Colorado with a business degree in finance and accounting. I am a lifelong rancher, have run my own accounting practice since 1979 and live with my wife on a ranch two miles east of Hayden. We have three adult children, and I’m proud to be part of the Monger family, which has been in Routt County for six generations.
I would like to thank you for allowing me to serve Routt County as commissioner for the past 11-plus years, and I’m asking for your vote to allow me to serve you another term.
Who is Doug Monger? I’m a fiscal conservative, a moderate Democrat, a problem solver, and a consensus maker who takes pride in thinking outside the box. I am a strong advocate for private property rights and multiple uses of our public lands. I am a leader and have consistently shown leadership qualities. By participating in many intergovernmental and local agencies, I have gained valuable insight into the workings of state and county government. I was the president of the Colorado Commissioner Association in 2007 and served on its board of directors from 2004 through 2010. I am president of the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority, and I have served as president, vice president and treasurer of Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado. I have also served as co-chairman of First Impressions of Routt County, and as chairman and vice chairman of the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District. I currently serve on the Yampa/White River Roundtable, Inter-Basin Compact Committee and the Yampa Valley Airport Commission. These experiences have provided a deep understanding of our community.
I am proud of the accomplishments that Routt County has achieved during my leadership. We remodeled and expanded Yampa Valley Regional Airport and created a model of financial self-sufficiency at the airport. We constructed a safe, state-of-the-art Justice Center and courts building, and we undertook the renovation and remodel of the historict downtown courthouse. We financed and built a multi-purpose building at the Routt County Fairgrounds, worked with partners to implement a state-of-the-art dispatch system and also modernized the microwave tower system that serves our emergency 911 system. We have also reconstructed numerous bridges and have maintained and improved our road system. We have undertaken all of these projects while dealing with two crippling recessions during the past 11 years.
Nine months into my first term, our nation experienced the 9/11 tragedy, and just when we were recovering from that crisis, we experienced the 2009 financial collapse. All that said, I look forward to the upcoming years. I believe as a community we have financially bottomed out and have the opportunity to gracefully recover and strengthen our identity. We have learned as a community the risks of overbuilding, and we have learned that we need to take care of ourselves.
In the next term, my county fiscal priorities will mirror those of the last 11-plus years. I will continue to emphasize the value of our county employees, concentrate on protecting and enhancing our current infrastructure and continue our practice of pre-funding the replacement of critical equipment. I will focus on maintaining our service levels and will not expand them without the public’s support of additional funding streams.
Aside from the administrative/financial leadership required of a commissioner, the most important job is being the ultimate decision-maker regarding Routt County’s land use. A commissioner must understand and represent the diverse values of the community through its land use codes. Our land use codes are designed to create a balance between the values of the community and the private property rights of our citizens. If re-elected, I will continue the direction that our county has taken during the past 40 years: focus on preserving our working landscapes and encouraging our open space and community values through incentive-based programs. We will continue with 35-acre minimum lot sizes, land preservation subdivisions and the Purchase of Development Rights program. My land use core value will center on ensuring that development pays its own way.
My history with Routt County, fiscal conservatism and expertise in a balanced land use policy make me the right choice for this race. I welcome the opportunity to continue to help Routt County grow and prosper in a fiscally moderate direction. I ask for your vote.
Doug Monger lives east of Hayden and is the Democratic incumbent for the Routt County Board of Commissioners District 2 seat. Learn more at www.dougmonger.com.