I have to say, I am getting very intrigued by this thread. So, I started talking to some dear friends in the ‘Know’ to get some background about this Race. Apparently it starts with Mr. Todd Evans (currently the Police Chief for the City of Fountain), He ran against Sheriff Maketa in 2012. Evans dropped out of the Race citing health reason (usually political speak for ‘I don't want to get my Butt kicked). Evans recruits Mr. Bill Elder to run as the front man for Sheriff in 2014, because he Evans bowed out in 2012. The ‘Talk’ is with folks in the ‘Know’ is Evans will be Elder’s Undersheriff for one Term, and then he Evans will run for Sheriff. A grand deception apparently engineered by Evans and Elder, but really Evans is in-charge.
I also visited Mr. Elder’s web site (Not impressive) looking at the supporters list. I did not find Mr. Patrick Pine nor Mr. Mark Brown whom have been posting on this Thread/Blog.
I also did a special search on the internet. My conclusion is they are fake names, a cover for a very deceptive effort on behalf of the Evans/Elder campaign for sheriff.
If you read the text of the ballot measure you will see that it says nothing about how the money will be spent.
It is, in essence, a billion dollar blank check. That you will continue to write every year, year after year, regardless of result, as this tax effort has no expiration date.
I also wanted to point out that Mr. Reid is wearing a nice "El Paso County" shirt that he wears for his $115,000 job with the county. I sure hope he wasn't doing this interview with Ms. Zubeck on County time, and my tax dollar!
Are these comments made by the same JIM BENSBERG featured here?
What is your play here sir? I suspect it's just more of the usual cronyism, mismanagement and controversy commonly played by and facilitated inside El Paso County... you people should be ashamed of the way you swap jobs as your term limits hit so you can keep working on my dime, you play dirty pool (just read this article about how one elected official handles business) when you don't like the way things are reported and here, you clearly have some hidden agenda that permits you to endorse someone who is not even remotely qualified for the office... but hey, look back at the rest of your voting record. Don't you have another election to loose?
Daycare should not be a taxpayer-funded program.
2 NO votes from our household.
Let PERA fund its own miserable retirement account, not from the taxpayers.
I'm glad you asked that question, Roland. Having worked with both Sheriff Maketa and Commander Reid, I believe I have a unique perspective on the job. The Sheriff's duties comprise much, much more than traditional law enforcement. Reid is a leader, and leadership is the most important quality I look for so that we can continue the programs Maketa has implemented in El Paso County. I hope you agree.
As someone who has followed elections for decades, I always like to know why candidates are running for the positions that they choose. I find it intriguing that Mr. Reid is running for Sheriff, just months after "quitting" his job at the Sheriff's Office, then accepting another position within the county.
Mr. Bernson, I was intrigued by your comments, so I looked up Mr. Reid’s website. Impressive credentials, I will vote for Mr. Reid. I am including the web link for your convenience http://www.jimreidforsheriff.com/
They need to raise it to 2 billion. There is never enough funding for education. Although we spend more than any other country in the world on each student, just a few billion more should do the trick...
It'll get our votes.
The opponents call everything overreach; ignore their whining.
Mr. Bensberg...... You and I have agreed on many things over the years. I am just curious as to why you would support a candidate for sheriff of this great county that has no actual Law Enforcement experience?
I think Jim would brings another dynamic to the Sheriffs Office besides law enforcement. With his vast knowledgement in the fire service and homeland security among other things he could bring more understanding from the top law enforcement officer in the County when it comes to dealing with large scale events as we have had in the past several years.
Reid is right - he's "the guy," the right choice to succeed Sheriff Maketa!
Hey Jarred shouldnt you remind the Mayor of that fact.
Important to remember that Colorado Springs Utilities reports to, and is controlled by, City Council and not the Mayor.
Just look how many years it took them to correct the traffic pattern signs at the roundabout at New Center and S. Carefree.
Old Guy...they have plenty of money...just too many high end employees who don't know what they are doing.
These engineers' idea of solving traffic is to put in more stop lights...check out the new mess on Filmore, or travel through woodmen at Academy.
Most of these people are retiring at age 45 at full salary...it is stupid employee benefit deals, not tabor, that is the problem.
Do all these politicians really have to dye their hair...who can trust these guys with bad dye jobs...not me for sure.
Keith and Steve...you both look silly.
Citizens need to pull together to dump TABOR so elected leaders can make tough decisions to raise sufficient revenues to solve these problems. Leaving tax decisions in the hands of a lynch mob electorate is a suicide pact to destroy everything.
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