Brian Cassidy, candidate for Assessor

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Party: Republican

City: Unincorporated Jefferson County/Littleton

Profession: Senior Commercial Appraiser

Campaign Website: www.Cassidy4JeffCo.com or Twitter @Cassidy4JeffCo or Facebook at Cassidy4JeffCo

Why are you seeking this office?

I am running for Assessor to ensure that accurate valuations are applied.  In recent years, property values have been increased to the point where business owners are forced to close and lay off employees. I have nearly 14 years of property appraisal experience, and 25 years of experience in the real estate industry. Experience matters in this position. I am a Colorado Certified General Appraiser, and my appraisal expertise will mean accuracy in property valuations.

What do you see as the most important part of the county assessor's job?

As stated in the Assessor’s Reference Library, “county assessors are responsible for the management and operation of the Assessor’s Office.  The goal is to produce the tax warrant with fair and equalized property values.” Clearly, the most important part of the Assessor’s job is to apply accurate, market-based property values. With approximately 250,000 unique property parcels in the county, the Assessor will need to depend on experience in order to succeed in accurately valuing properties.

What would your top priority be if elected?

My top priority will be to ensure that property values are applied accurately, fairly and equitably across all manner of property types.  I will draw on 14 years of property appraisal experience – including three years working as an appraiser in the Jefferson County and Arapahoe County Assessor’s office – to provide property owners with values that are market-based.  The citizens of Jefferson County deserve to know that an experienced appraiser is leading the Assessor’s Office.

What challenges do soaring home prices create for the assessor?

In addition to my Colorado Certified General Appraiser license, I have also worked as a REALTOR in the Jefferson County market. There are distinct challenges in the current residential market. The rate of increase in home prices is what I am focused on. It is critical for the Assessor to understand the mass appraisal process.  I have this experience, and the voters should know that I bring nearly 14 years of experience to this position.

What else should voters know about you?

I am a Veteran, with 10 years in US Navy Submarines, where I gained leadership and management experience. I have also been a baseball umpire at the high school and college levels. My incredible wife and I have been married for 26 years, and we have a daughter who began her first year of high school this year. I have served our country honorably. I now wish to serve our county in the same manner.

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