El Paso County Candidates 2020
Candidate for County Commissioner District 3 2020
Ken is a father, a husband, and a veteran who believes in building an El Paso County that works for everyone. Unfortunately, county voters’ interests have been compromised. An elite few have profited as non-accountable development has stressed our infrastructure, forcing taxpayers to pick up the bill for new fire stations, schools, and roads. Skyrocketing property values have increased our costs, making renters and landowners alike sacrifice for unchecked development.
It is time for leadership like Ken Schauer, who honors and respects the voters’ interests in El Paso County issues. Until we have sustainable development, we will suffer as a community under poor stewardship of our tax dollars and resources.
Ken grew up on a cattle ranch in the far reaches of Montana, where he learned first-hand the importance of properly managed county services. In 1996, Ken enlisted in the United States Air Force and after completing technical training was stationed at Cheyenne Mountain Air Station in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado. After serving for four years, he landed a job working for a small government contractor on Peterson Air Force Base updating the complex communications of Cheyenne Mountain.
After six years, the contract was near completion and Ken sought employment with a local data call center, providing tier three tech support. This job was outsourced to Costa Rica, and then brought back to the Springs where they offered the employees their old jobs back at a drastically reduced pay rate.
Seeing no protections for himself or his fellow workers, Ken began to seek out the protections offered by collective bargaining. He found the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and promptly joined their ranks. Thus began his apprenticeship working within the electrical construction industry. After completing his electrical apprenticeship, getting married to Shiloh, and buying his house on the west side of Colorado Springs, Ken became a licensed Journeyman Electrician.
Over the next decade, Ken had three children. Lydia, his oldest, is a precocious third grader. When they decided to have a second child they were graced with twins – Dawson and Ellis. Their family dog, Bristol (named after the brewery, of course!) and their beloved cat, Stripey-Baby. It turns out that letting the children name a cat is a dangerous proposition!
Ken was elected Treasurer of his local union 2013, which sparked his interest in finance, so he completed his bachelors of science in accounting in 2018. He was also elected as the president of the Colorado Springs Area Labor Council, Vice President of the Colorado AFL-CIO, and is currently serving terms in all three of these offices
Ken is an avid fan of the outdoors, a member of a local shooting club, active in his church, and can often be found either biking the town with his daughter, or sitting on his porch playing one of the myriads of musical interests he loves to play. It is unclear how much his neighbors appreciate his accordion playing, or banjo plunking, or even his guitar strumming, but he hasn’t been asked to stop yet, and with some of these instruments that is considered an endorsement!
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Candidate for EL PASO COUNTY CLERK & RECORDER 2018
Lisa Wilkes has 15 years of work experience in the Information Technology (IT) field where she worked in a variety of departments; she developed skills in project management, business intelligence, efficiency, finances, and more. She grew up before everyone had technology in their hands at all times, but was young enough to fully embrace technology and its helpful advancements in the day to day world. This perspective gives her an understanding of the values of the past, with a desire to improve productivity through strategic use of technological upgrades.
The position as County Clerk and Recorder is responsible for 4 wheel houses; Clerk to the Board, Records Department, Elections Department, and Motor Vehicle department. One might call the position a political paper pusher. Lisa is familiar with working with multiple teams within and outside of a large organization. She doesn’t want to reinvent the wheel, so much as increase efficiency and supplement with new technology to increase transparency. Her goal is to facilitate a smoother experience for our community. Shorter lines at the Motor Vehicle Department would help everyone!
Impartial, Organized, Transparent! Lisa Wilkes for County Clerk and Recorder!
Grace A. Sweeney-Maurer
Candidate for EL PASO COUNTY SHERIFF 2018
My name is Grace Sweeney-Maurer, and I am running for Sheriff of El Paso County. Currently living in Colorado Springs, Colorado, I have more than 40 years' experience in law enforcement. I have always been active in the communities I have served, and now I aim to take the next step.
As sheriff, I will work tirelessly to bring the community and the Sheriff's Office closer together. It is only through trust that positive change will come. Vote for Grace Sweeney-Maurer, and together we can bring about that change.
Member of the Colorado Springs Combined Labor Committee
Retired Member of the American Federation of Government Employees
Candidate for EL PASO COUNTY CORONER 2018
Destarte Ashleigh Haun
Candidate for EL PASO COUNTY SURVEYOR 2018