Thursday, October 27, 2011

Challenger emerges in the county commission

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Auddie Cox
  • Auddie Cox

Auddie Cox ran for the El Paso County Commission in the 4th District back in 2004. The retired officer who served in both the Air Force and the Army lost in that bid to the current commissioner, Dennis Hisey.

Cox wants a rematch.

Today, he announced that he will be challenging Hisey next year as Hisey seeks his third term.

No question, that Hisey even has a shot at a third term — he being one of the commissioners who approved a trickily worded term-limit-extension question last year, then declined a 2011 re-vote — is sure to play in this race.

According to Cox's announcement:

For many years we have witnessed the steady decline in respect by some of our elected officials for the will of the American People on both a local and national level. This lack of ethical behavior on the part of some of our elected officials should never be tolerated. All of us have said, at one time or another, “This has to stop”; and those whom we have hired by election for a temporary job must be held accountable for their actions. To continue to allow this type of political leadership by any of our elected officials would only embolden them further and permit the continuance of personal ambition and a self serving attitude to become the standard that we some how accept. In my opinion elected office is not a career choice.

Although Cox has yet to file with the Secretary of State, he has already assembled his campaign team, which includes David Kelly, local organizer of Liberty on the Rocks.

Read Cox's full statement:

For many years we have witnessed the steady decline in respect by some of our elected officials for the will of the American People on both a local and national level. This lack of ethical behavior on the part of some of our elected officials should never be tolerated. All of us have said, at one time or another, “This has to stop”; and those whom we have hired by election for a temporary job must be held accountable for their actions. To continue to allow this type of political leadership by any of our elected officials would only embolden them further and permit the continuance of personal ambition and a self serving attitude to become the standard that we some how accept. In my opinion elected office is not a career choice.

Not only do we need to address the term limits issue, we also need to realistically address issues in our region which include fiscal responsibility, transparency in government, job creation, growth, natural resource development — water, gas, and oil.

After contemplation and consultation with many people on this situation I am placing my name into consideration for the elected position of El Paso County Commissioner District 4. If you, the people of District 4, choose to place me in this position I ask two things of you. First, pray for wisdom for your elected officials, and second, hold all of them accountable for the decisions they make.

My life has been one of service, including 25 years of service to the Nation as a soldier in leadership roles for both the Air Force and the Army and countless hours of volunteer service to the communities in which I have lived. I am a recipient of the Presidential Volunteer Service Award; this is for over 5000 hours of volunteer work. These efforts have included service to the Red Cross, Lion Clubs International, Pearl S. Buck Foundation, and locally with the Fountain Valley Senior Center. I consider it a privilege to be involved in these activities. If you place your trust in me to serve as your commissioner I promise to serve in a manner that is ethical, accountable, fiscally responsible and leading with conservative principles; returning trust, integrity, and honor to the office of El Paso County Commissioner for District 4. Directed passion can be one of the most powerful forces we have to effect these changes. Please join me in this effort. Respectfully Yours;

Auddie L. Cox

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