Selecting the best candidate for Park County Commissioner is an important decision. Beyond qualifications that would be suitable for a resume, I also want to give you a glimpse into my personal life, things that have shaped the person I am today.
I have been married to my husband, Steve for almost fourteen years. Steve works hard to protect our community in his role with the Sheriff’s Office. We both have a passion for public service. Steve and I are both Platte Canyon High School graduates. Our families have called Colorado home for many generations.
I have deep roots in Park County going back to my Great Grandfather who owned and operated the original Columbine Ranch in South Park.
My parents operate Columbine Rancho in Bailey (a property my grandparents purchased in the 50's). This is where I grew up and feel fortunate to be able to help and also teach our boys the important lessons learned with ranching.
Maintaining Park County's heritage and ranching history is important to me. We raise Black Angus cattle. My oldest son started raising pigs in 4H and has grown to absolutely love pigs. We have also raised chickens and goats.
I love the concept of self-sufficiency and raising your own food (whether that be through livestock or gardening). It means a lot to me to be able to provide for our family in this way.
With two boys, our family stays pretty busy! We believe in hard work but also find time to have fun.
I have always had a competitive drive and desire to do my best. Growing up, I competed in several sports including Softball, Volleyball, Ski Team, Track and Basketball. I was also involved in Student Council and National Honor Society. I was the Student Body President my senior year in high school. I was also fortunate to have the opportunity to be chosen to represent PCHS in several different leadership camps. I was on the 1998 State Champion Speech Team, personally finishing 4th in Original Oratory. In college, I was involved in a professional accounting fraternity and had the opportunity to travel to Georgia to represent UNC at a conference.
I mention these things from years ago only to give you a better idea about what makes me, me. Honestly, I have always been very uneasy about public speaking but have found myself drawn to leadership roles and have always had a passion for learning and self improvement.
Steve is also competitive and strives for excellence. It must be true that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Our boys are very much individuals with their own strengths, but the competitive spirit has definitely rubbed off!
Here are some of the activities we are involved with.