Hello Citizens and Voters,
During the past few months, Colorado Springs Forward (CSF) has worked with business leaders and community volunteers gathering their input about the most qualified El Paso County Board of Commissioner candidates. Candidates also went through a series of formal candidate interviews with members of the Colorado Springs Forward Board of Directors. The following three candidates endorsed by Colorado Springs Forward are the result of this rigorous community process, and we would ask you to support these outstanding representatives of our community as the primary election process begins next week.
The primary election date is Tuesday, June 28th, and ballots will be reaching mailboxes very soon.
Mark Waller, El Paso County Commissioner District 2
Mark Waller is an Attorney in Colorado Springs. He served in the Colorado General Assembly from 2009 – 2014 as the Representative from House District 15, which encompasses portions of northeastern Colorado Springs. Mark served as the House Minority Leader for the 2013 legislative session and the Assistant House Majority Leader for the 2011 and 2012 legislative sessions. He has also served on the Committee on Judiciary, State Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, Committee on Local Government, Executive Committee, Legislative Council, and the Committee on Legal Services.
Mark served on Active Duty in the United States Air Force from 1993 – 2000 and in the Air Force Reserves from 2001 – 2009. He formerly worked as a Deputy District Attorney for the 10th Judicial District in Pueblo, Colorado, and for the Fourth Judicial District in El Paso County, Colorado.
Mark has advocated for the removal of the business personal property tax in Colorado and has fought to remove regulations that stifle business growth.
Stan VanderWerf, El Paso County Commissioner District 3
Stan VanderWerf is President and Owner of two companies in Colorado Springs. In 2011, Stan founded Advanced Capitol, LLC, an aerospace and defense consulting firm. In 2014, Stan created Colorado Springs’ first dedicated 3D printing company, CEM-Tek USA.
Stan believes in smaller government, fiscal restraint, and the power of the free market; also, he knows firsthand the challenges that local businesses face in surviving and growing.
Stan served in the U.S. Air Force for 27 years focused on R&D, production, and sustainment of a wide variety of products from space systems to aircraft, electronics, communications, and more.
Stan is the founder and co-chair of the Colorado Springs Aerospace Defense Team, dedicated to helping local defense and aerospace industries grow and prosper.
Scott Turner, El Paso County Commissioner District 4
Scott Turner has been actively involved in the community for many years. With knowledge of the local issues that affect residents most, he will work for his constituents, providing the best services, while standing up for the principles of limited government.
Committed to public safety, Scott plans to also keep a spotlight on the issues that need attention in the urban, southeast section of Colorado Springs, including Marksheffel Road improvements, water and road management issues out east, and the renewal of the southern portion of Academy Boulevard.
Scott was a Charter Member of the Citizen’s Budget Oversight Committee; a two-term member of the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority Citizens Advisory Committee; two time President of the Highway Advisory Commission; eight-year member and two terms as both President and Vice-President of the El Paso Fountain Valley Senior Citizen’s Program; Board Member, Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments, CAC; and a Charter Member, of the Road Impact Fee Advisory Committee.
For more information about where to vote, visit the El Paso County Election Page.
Thanks for participating in the June 28 Primary Election!