Candidate Q&A: Andy Kerr, for Jefferson County Commissioner District 2

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Profession: Teacher

Residence: Lakewood

Party: Democrat

Contact: kerrforjeffco.com

What makes you the best choice for this office?

I’m running to make sure Jefferson County remains one of Colorado's best places to live, work, play, and raise a family. My experiences as a teacher at one of Jeffco's alternative schools and serving twelve years in the state legislature have provided me with the unique knowledge and leadership skills that are needed to fight for our environment, small businesses, and working families in Jeffco. We have a large population of hard working people spread across our mountain and metro communities, and they deserve Commissioners who care about all of their constituents, not just wealthy and powerful interests.

If elected, what would your top issue be?

Having seen the impact of fires in Colorado and the lack of State and Federal resources for adequate fire mitigation in the Jefferson County foothills, we need to tackle climate change head on. If elected, I will lead our Jeffco community in doing our part in this global crisis.

If elected, what would you want to accomplish in order for you to consider the term a success?

To consider my first term a success, I would like to hear stories of teachers, nurses, and firefighters of all backgrounds who are now able to live, work, play, and retire right here in their Jefferson County community. Additionally, I would consider my term a success if Jeffco is seen as a model for our county in the fight for a more just, equitable, and inclusive society.

Even before COVID-19 the county looked to be in a rough financial position. What is one county expense you think could be cut, and why?

Jefferson County is one the last remaining taxpayer funded entities involved in the decades-long planning of the Jefferson Parkway Public Highway Authority. Until an inclusive stakeholder process is brought back to the table, we should shift our limited resources toward more viable and immediate transportation solutions.

Would you support trying to bring more revenue into the county, through a new tax or another attempt at TABOR relief?

The impact of the current pandemic has shown how swiftly outside influences can force our County to cut $16 million from its budget, mostly due to the inability of the County to relieve itself of arbitrary budgetary constraints and build an adequate reserve fund. I would support a de-brucing measure, like the one that was unanimously proposed by the current County Commissioners. In addition, we should also be relieving our home owners and businesses from unpredictable taxes by repealing the Gallagher Amendment on the ballot this November.

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