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Hello Routt County, my name is Tina Kyprios and I am running for county commissioner in District 2 against Doug Monger. I am running because I believe we need a fresh perspective and vitality to address the critical issues we face in our county. Right now, we need to work together through all areas of our county to get our economy moving. We need someone who is eager and able to bring people together and make things happen. I offer that, plus the technical skill set needed.
I have a great deal of leadership experience, starting with a foundation courtesy of the U.S. Army. I spent 10 years as an officer in the Military Police Corps — three years on active duty and the remainder in the Army Reserve. In my last job I was the company commander of a basic training unit, a job that required discipline, discernment and the ability to make good, quick decisions.
I also worked as a civilian for the Department of the Army as an auditor for the Army Audit Agency. This is a job that requires learning departments and programs quickly to prioritize key aspects of the programs, identify key people, coordinate with a variety of different types of organizations and to again make sound decisions. In my last year I was selected as Auditor of the Year for having identified duplicate programs operating side by side and effectively merging the two. While it was nice to be recognized, this did not win me many friends outside my own organization.
My late husband Greg and I moved to Routt County 11 years ago when we started a location-neutral consulting business. We knew we wanted to raise our girls in a place that embodied the virtues upon which our nation was built — hard work, a love of community, family and healthy living. When Greg was killed in a plane crash in 2005 I was faced with the decision of raising my children here alone, or moving closer to family. It wasn’t a hard choice — I realized very quickly that Routt County was home, I wasn’t alone, and this is where I would continue to raise my girls and run our small business. I was a single mom for five years, and I understand what it means to run a household in tough economic times. I remarried in 2010 to David Henderson, who was among those who helped me through my darkest days.
I believe I have the key skill set that Routt County needs at this time, namely a sound financial background, leadership and, perhaps most important, a fresh perspective and the ability to listen and bring people together and get things done. I believe our commissioners have served well, but there is more work to be done. I believe there is a great deal the county can do right now — starting with a review of current processes for business operations like permitting. That includes individuals and companies of all shapes and sizes. We need to ensure we are all working together and that government is a help, not a hindrance, to our existing and new businesses.
The decision between my opponent and me is between the status quo and a fresh energy geared toward making things happen. Government is designed to ensure a balance between rules and regulations that protect our way of life, and that also promote economic growth. The longer that one works in government, the more government seems like the answer — which is why I believe this job requires turnover. It requires constant conversation with the community, businesses and government staff to ensure that the government is working with, and not against, the efforts of the community.
I think this is a job that requires the eagerness and ability to seek all opinions; to help ensure that opinions and all decisions are based on solid information, data and history, and not based on emotions or anecdotes. We may not always agree, but I will seek and respect all views, and work to find common-sense solutions together.
Thomas Jefferson once said that when a man assumes the public trust, he should consider himself to be public property. I am eager to serve our community to ensure that we have a government that works for and with the people. I’d love to have your support.
Tina Kyprios is a Steamboat Springs resident and the Republican candidate for the Routt County Board of Commissioners District 2 seat. Learn more at www.kyprios4change.com.