Matthew Hess, Libertarian candidate for Douglas County commissioner, lives in Roxborough and has lived in Douglas County for two years. He has turned a hobby in information technology into a career. This is his first foray into the public service arena.
Colorado Community Media asked the following questions of the candidates in the race for Douglas County commissioner, District 2. Below are Hess’s answers.
What makes you the best candidate for this office?
Each commissioner should bring something new to the commissioners’ office. I am the only candidate who brings over 14 years of professional IT experience, which is something that has not been seen in the commissioners’ office yet is sorely needed. I am also an elections activist, an involved community volunteer and dedicated to fighting for the rights of people and not government.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing the county and what would you do to meet that challenge?
Waste is one of the biggest challenges. I am seeking implementation of “management by walking around” as well as an incentive program to implement front line efficiencies.
We should be focused on stretching every penny and not requesting more from the citizens of Douglas County. We can do more for the people of Douglas County if we stop wasting so much money on pet projects and do-nothing initiatives. We should focus on providing a quality service at a reasonable price, which would be much lower than it currently is.
What can the board of commissioners do to ensure that oil and gas drilling is done responsibly in the county?
Drilling activities are subject to current zoning regulations and would remain that way. My primary concern with regard to hydraulic fracturing is that clean water is returned back to the ground free of the chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process. There are no current or pending permits for any drilling activities in Douglas County.