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COLORADO COMMUNITY MEDIA – Interview with Abe Laydon, candidate for Douglas County commissioner, District 1.

Party: Republican

City or town of residence: Lone Tree

Profession: Land-use attorney

Campaign website: www.abeforcommissioner.com

What makes you the best choice for commissioner?

I am a positive, optimistic leader that listens with the right qualifications and experience to do the job. After knocking on thousands of doors and connecting personally with voters throughout this county, I feel I understand firsthand what my fellow citizens believe is important. As a fifth-generation Coloradan, 15-year land-use attorney, and two-term Douglas County planning commissioner I can also provide the essential experience Douglas County residents need in a county commissioner to effectuate the goals they are communicating to me like traffic, safety, and fiscal accountability.

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

A county commissioner must anticipate, communicate and collaborate. As one of just three chief executives of a $400 million budget governing 346,000 citizens, a commissioner must be an experienced, dynamic and visionary leader that can see the big picture far into the future and then have the fortitude to set the wheels in motion and ensure our county remains exceptional. That only happens when a leader can plan proactively for problems ahead, work effectively with all stakeholders, and then build bridges through respect and professionalism to make our common goals a reality.

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