Assistant County Attorney, Weld County Government
Juris Doctor, University of Oklahoma College of Law; Bachelor of Science, University of Texas College of Communication
I have no past political activity.
Larimer County Planning Commission, Overland Mountain Bike Association, Colorado Bar Association, Weld County Bar Association
As a Larimer County Planning Commissioner, I routinely hear and vote on contentious cases with substantial public opposition. As a board member and volunteer with the Overland Mountain Bike Association, I advocate to northern Colorado land agencies for the expansion of single track, soft surface trails. I have also advocated and litigated on behalf of my law clients.
I want to serve on the commission because I care deeply about ensuring a fair political system within Colorado. I am fiercely independent and feel strongly that the two-party system works best when there is a fair balance to it. I am also a dedicated public servant, both in my career and in my volunteer work, and I think that I can bring relevant experience and thoughtful commentary to the process.
As a legal advisor, my role shifts between advocate and advisor. As a member of the Larimer County Planning Commission, I work closely with others across a broad political spectrum, some of which have political candidates with strong opinions. My whole ethos is to bring people towards consensus in a way that is not easily obtained. I am comfortable with the law and with parliamentary procedure, which is a great tool for productive discourse by competing views. Frankly, I am someone who cannot be pushed around, but can be persuaded, and whose goal is to balance fairness.
The application of scientific and statistical facts to predetermined legal criteria is the nature of an attorney's work. My role, both in my career and as a volunteer, are substantial more complex than most attorneys. Just as important, however, is my ability to look beyond the problem directly in front of me, see the larger context, and recognize the impact of the various solutions to the problem on the larger context. This is ultimately important when working towards a large, complicated goal.