Leotis Palmer Jr
Program Manager; U.S. Air Force and Entrepreneur
Bachelor of Science (Management) from the U.S. Air Force Academy; Masters of Business from the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business
I can't recall having donated any money to any campaign or political organizations.
I volunteer with RISE Colorado an educational nonprofit and also coach youth sports through Denver Parks and Rec, YMCA and Arapahoe Youth League. I also volunteered and served in a leadership role for the parent association at my children's elementary school.
In my job at the Air Force Academy, I represented the athletic department and it's athletes on multiple committees at USAFA. My job was to advocate for what was best for the student athletes. I also brought parents together to advocate for our children at their elementary school.
I think it is time for private citizens who are focused on putting what is in the best interest of the people of Colorado first when it comes to drawing the new district maps. Having legislators who represent the community they serve starts with drawing district maps that reflect the diversity throughout Colorado. I want to serve on the commission because I want to be a voice for the people of Colorado who want district maps drawn based on what is best for the people and not the legislator.
I like to listen and talk with people who don't agree with me. No one knows everything or has all of the answers, so it is imperative to take other's perspective into account when making decisions and getting to an agreement. I will respect the viewpoint of all commissioners and allow everyone to provide their input. There is no way to draw a map that will make every person in Colorado happy, but I am willing to give and take as long as we are working toward what is in the best interest of all Coloradans. I will accept any position the majority of the commissioners agree on, even if I was advocating for a differ position.
Most of my career has been about gathering data, analyzing data, and making decisions based on that data. As an Air Force officer and as an entrepreneur I am constantly solving problems where I don't have 100% of the relevant information. I gather and analyze all of the available data, then use my experience, input from subject matter experts, trusted colleagues, and mentors to make the best decision for the situation.