Candidate Q&A: Joni Inman, for Jefferson County Commissioner District 2

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Profession: Business Consultant

Residence: Golden

Party: Republican

Contact: JoniforJeffco.com

What makes you the best choice for this office?

I have been part of the tapestry of this community for many years, personally and professionally. I've lived, worked, and done business throughout the entire county and bring a rare understanding of the issues in both the urban and mountain areas. I am a small business owner and business consultant with years of management experience in both the public and private sector. I believe that my management experience, combined with love of, and involvement in Jefferson County makes me the most qualified candidate for this office. Experience matters.

If elected, what would your top issue be?

Responsible, competent management of our taxpayer dollars. The County faces more budget cuts going into 2021. Commissioners make the determination of how General Fund dollars are allocated to the various service departments. Across the board allocations, or cuts don't work. We have to be willing to prioritize the core values of the community. Community safety is my top priority — getting and keeping bad guys off the street, making sure those streets are plowed and well maintained, and addressing homelessness, substance abuse and unemployment — issues of desperation that have been proven to seed crime.

If elected, what would you want to accomplish in order for you to consider the term a success?

We are providing high quality services to the people of Jefferson County and we're doing it within the budgeted revenue entrusted to us by taxpayers. Equally important, we are known for open, respectful and engaging community conversations that transcend political rhetoric.

Even before COVID-19 the county looked to be in a rough financial position. What is one county expense you think could be cut, and why?

Counties provide services. Those services are provided by people so the largest portion of any government budget goes to personnel. While I don't have a specific area in mind, I would want to look at number of positions, whether those positions are properly allocated, and if there are any areas of overstaffing that could be considered for reductions through attrition.

Would you support trying to bring more revenue into the county, through a new tax or another attempt at TABOR relief?

No. The voters spoke loud and clear and I will honor their decision and will work to provide the best services possible within the revenue we have available to us.

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