I am a Colorado resident who has lived in the Highlands Ranch community for over 15 years, and during that time had never thought of becoming politically engaged. With that said, on March 19th of this year, I found myself sitting in the bleachers at Castle View High School, taking in all of the political protocol and listening to the Republican political candidates make their case for why they should be selected and placed on the June primary ballot. Needless to say, this was quite a change for me, moving from the sidelines to the playing field ... or so it seemed that way.
As I listened to several candidates make their case, it seemed to be much of the same that I was already used to from my limited engagement of being on the outside, looking in. However, in about the middle of this process my attention was drawn to one of the candidates that spoke, that being Holly Kluth. What I then experienced was a bit apolitical as I heard her daughter speak about her mom. So, for a few minutes I was invited into her family, learning about how she grew up and the positive influence that her mom, Holly Kluth, had on her life growing up. That resonated with me as it is my personal opinion that the family unit needs to be strengthened and I must have been subconsciously looking for some of those characteristics.
Aside from the family values that Holly’s daughter spoke about, it was then time for Holly herself to step to the podium and talk about what was important to her as someone who had previously served in the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department. I was left of the strong feeling that she processes a rare combination of formal education, service within the department, and personal conviction that would greatly benefit residents of Douglas County.
For someone like myself, who historically used to run away from the political process, I left the gymnasium that Saturday afternoon feeling very encouraged that I now have a real people-driven candidate for sheriff that I could now support, knowing that my welfare as Douglas County resident, will be Holly’s highest priority, should she be elected Douglas County Sheriff.
James E. Freiberg
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