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Publish Date: 10/8/2006

Two Louisville residents run for county commissioner


A pair of Louisville residents will square off to represent Lafayette, Louisville and Erie on the Boulder County commissioners’ board.

Incumbent Democrat Tom Mayer wants a second term in office to oversee several programs he helped develop or launch since he won office in 2002.

He wants to continue developing a Boulder County drug court that would coach addicts through recovery in regular court hearings rather than sending them to jail.

Mayer pointed to his work on several human services boards, including groups that help support early-childhood education and social-services providers, as his favorite accomplishments during his first term.

“I’m really interested in providing greater opportunities for people to become more self-sufficient,” he said recently. “And I really want to work on early-childhood issues.”

Mayer also hopes to continue revising the county’s Land Use Code, a sometimes-controversial rulebook governing what kinds of homes landowners can build on rural properties.

Libertarian Randy Luallin — whose political history includes two failed bids for commissioner, as a write-in candidate in 1998 and as an independent in 2002 — is running on a series of common gripes with the current commissioners.

“I’m going to listen to people, and I’m actually going to respond to them,” he said.

Luallin promises to force the Boulder County Drug Task Force to spend less time cracking down on marijuana use. He thinks the county government should do more to police violations at the CEMEX cement plant in Lyons.

He also wants a hands-off approach to enforcing what homeowners build on their land.

“You may not like what your neighbor’s doing, but it’s his property,” he said. “Next time, it could be you.”

Luallin wants leaders to focus on open space purchases that can be used as parks and trails for public enjoyment, rather than buying land the public cannot access.

Mayer disagrees with Luallin’s open space stance, saying he believes residents value preservation at least as highly as public access.

“Some very sensitive areas aren’t open, but we also have an expansive system of trails,” he said.

Though county commissioners run for election by district, all county residents vote in the race.

Brad Turner can be reached at 720-494-5420, or by e-mail at bturner@times-call.com.

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