Democrat Terry Krow, a Douglas County commissioner candidate, lives in Larkspur near Greenland Ranch and has lived in Douglas County for two years. He has lived in Colorado since 1979 and is married with four children and three stepchildren.
Krow graduated from the University of Southern Colorado and received his master’s degree from New Mexico Highland University.
He is a licensed psychotherapist who began his career as a substance abuse counselor and has worked as a supervisor, coordinator and director for the past 20 years. He directed several correctional facilities housing up to 525 inmates and owned a private practice treating offenders. Krow ran a cow-calf ranching operation.
His past public service experience includes service as a combat soldier in the Colorado Army National Guard, from which he was honorably discharged in 1988. He worked at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo and the Colorado Department of Corrections, as a coordinator at the mental health institute and a quality assurance officer for the Department of Corrections’ alcohol and drug abuse services.
Colorado Community Media asked the following questions of the candidates in the race for Douglas County commissioner, District 2. Below are Krow’s answers.
What makes you the best candidate for this office?
I have more experience in leadership, decision-making and management than my opponents. The county commissioner job comes with a wide scope of responsibilities and I am the only candidate that has full-time experience in government. I have the experience and skill set to oversee large geographical areas working with public and private agencies.
When I am elected, I will work with a variety of constituents, seeking input so as to find the best solutions for the people of Douglas County. I have proven communication skills and am able to negotiate reasonable solutions for the issues our community faces.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing the county and what would you do to meet that challenge?
Conserving our water and environment is the biggest challenge. I will protect our water and open space from destruction by thoughtless development. I will work with citizens, water companies and developers to conserve water, trails, parks and open space to maintain our quality of life.
I oppose the Chatfield Reservoir expansion. The proposed expansion is wide and shallow and will waste water through evaporation. I will work to help water companies develop the technology to recharge the aquifers with clean water.
What can the board of commissioners do to ensure that oil and gas drilling is done responsibly in the county?
Currently, Douglas County is in the process of developing a memorandum of understanding with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. The issues to be worked out are aquifer, surface water protection, setbacks and inspection authority.
I am opposed to hydraulic fracturing (fracking) because the inspectors are not mandatory and lack any real authority. The risk of polluted fracking water contaminating our surface or aquifer water is too great. The Board of Commissioners should do everything possible to protect our water and environment.