What MAKES America, America?

Essay

BY JANE CHANEY

During the founding of America, following colonization by the British, there were painstaking efforts made to study ancient civilizations and different types of government.  The founders wanted to ensure that at the basis of American government would be the people…of, by and for the people, and that those in government would derive their consent from the people. In other words, the people would be in charge of making the laws that governed them. It was not the job of the government to dictate to the people. They settled on a Constitutional Republic.  Hence the enumerated powers granted to the federal government, “by the people” in our Constitution.

What MAKES America, America?

During the many years of America growing up and our history being recorded, we have had to face the pain of our past. We have had to search our souls. We have had to learn to walk the talk…all men are created equal.

While slavery spanned many cultures, nationalities and religions, in almost every ancient civilization, sadly, it came to our shores. The Portuguese, Spanish, British, French, Dutch and a number of West African kingdoms played a prominent role in the Atlantic slave trade, especially after 1600.  It is a dark time in our history. And, as the founders and early governors continued in their attempts, nurtured by the will of the American people to create a more perfect union, our Constitution was amended.

Before the Thirteenth Amendment, in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared his Emancipation Proclamation which freed over three million slaves in the Confederate-controlled states. In June 1865 immediately following the end of the Civil War, the Thirteenth Amendment was ratified to abolish slavery in the United States.  

In 1868 the Fourteenth Amendment granted citizenship and equal civil and legal rights to African Americans and slaves who had been emancipated after the Civil War, including them under the umbrella phrase “all persons born or naturalized in the United States.”

Shortly afterwards in 1870, the Fifteenth Amendment was ratified prohibiting states from denying ANY male citizen the right to vote based on race, color or previous condition of servitude.  And, in 1964 the Twenty-Fourth Amendment was ratified making poll taxes illegal in federal elections and in 1966, the Supreme Court ruled poll taxes were banned in all state elections. Poll taxes discriminated against those who were less educated and in lower incomes.

But, even given the laws, there was more to do. After a long, hard-fought struggle and the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin and later sexual orientation, the 1965 Voting Rights Act was passed. This Act was written to ensure the enforcement of the Fifteenth Amendment and helping overcome legal barriers that prevented African Americans from exercising their right to vote.  It is worth mentioning that during that time, there were 6 African Americans in the US House of Representatives and in 1971, the first African American was elected to the US Senate.

What MAKES America, America?

You can see that America’s efforts to heal the sins of her past began almost 160 years ago and continues today; that America’s goal and our people’s desire is to help right the wrongs of our past. What efforts are needed to lift up those who were oppressed during America’s founding? How is the playing field leveled?

If you follow some of the great African American leaders, philosophers and educators today, they will tell you education is the cornerstone to success in life. That a child’s zip code must not determine the quality and level of the education a child receives.  In his book, “Charter Schools and Their Enemies,” Dr. Thomas Sowell, an African American scholar explains how a fifth-grade class in a Harlem charter school scored higher on a mathematics test than any other fifth-grade class in the entire state of New York. He also describes waiting lists of over 50,000 low-income minorities waiting to enroll their child in a charter school in NY.

President Trump, who if re-elected, will begin work to get legislation passed to allow parents to have school choice. This means that a parent’s tax dollars that pay for a child’s education can “follow the child.” This will allow ALL parents to pay for whatever type of school they wish their child to attend…public, private, religious, charter, etc. regardless of their zip code.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities were established prior to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and after the Civil War to provide institutions of higher learning for African Americans by African Americans. In December 2019, President Trump signed a bill restoring $255 million in annual funding that had lapsed on September 30 after Congress failed to renew it.  Senate lawmakers reached a bipartisan deal that saved the funding and added an amendment that will simplify the form that determines a students’ eligibility for financial aid.

What MAKES America, America?

Inner cities around America find their neighborhoods being hollowed out by policy that works against the creation of small business and jobs.  Sen. Tim Scott (R), an African American from SC worked with President Trump and Housing and Urban Development Secretary, Dr. Ben Carson also an African American, to develop Opportunity Zones.  This provision was included in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to lift underserved and distressed communities with the purpose of bringing people up out of poverty. To date, over 75 billion dollars of private investment has been made in over 8,000 designated Opportunity Zones to help start small businesses and create jobs.

What MAKES America, America?

Historically, America has always been a force for good. Over past decades, have mistakes been made? Yes. But America’s strength must be used to protect not only ourselves but also to the extent, that we can help defend others being denied their God given rights and freedom. It’s important we maintain a military whose strength can be used not for war, but to encourage peace. Under President Trump, our military has been restored from a reduction we hadn’t seen since before WWII. Weakness provokes threats. Threats to America and freedom loving people around this world are real. We are back to being “ready.” A quote from Florida businessman, Cuban born Maximo Alvarez on what he sees happening in America: “I am seeing shadows of what I thought I had outrun.”

What MAKES America, America?

The courage of our founders and those who fought for America through every war that has come before us.

The decency of Americans who worked tirelessly to help right the wrongs of our past.

The life-changing joy of all immigrants who continue to come here with the desire to respect our Constitution, our laws, our civil society and our American values; to become Americans.

Government that respects our individual and God given freedoms outlined in our Bill of Rights.

Politicians who create an atmosphere of freedom in support of all American’s in their pursuit of life, liberty and happiness.

The dedication of our men and women in uniform be they military, national guard, police or first responders to fire or emergency.

And, the right to vote in free and fair elections in support of candidates who cherish America, who believe in America’s exceptionalism; who will be true to a Constitution unlike any other in the world, not trying to change it for political expediency.

What MAKES America, America?

As a daughter of a WWII veteran and whose grandfathers fought in WWI and uncles in WWII, I have looked at history to understand why we engaged in these two wars…why we sent our military overseas to foreign shores, where sadly, many died as did my Mother’s father, my grandfather, as a result of that war. Until I became a young adult in my late 20’s, I never thought about the treasure, taxpayer money, that also was used to engage in these two wars.

Now, as a person in my late 60’s, it is all extremely clear to me.  In defense of our Constitutional Republic, it was a calling, it was a duty for these men and women at the time, to protect what they held dear… individual freedom, independence and their God given liberties; a limited government that would allow each American access to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It was the threat of communism, socialism and Marxism that mustered their courage to defend America. Today, I fear the spent blood and treasure of the past could be for naught and forgotten, unless more of us truly understand what Makes America, America.

Those who would pit Americans against Americans, creating “identity groups” by sex, sexual orientation, skin color, religion and background, using our differences to divide us, do not see the greatness of America. Let’s vote for What MAKES America, America!

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Quick Connect to Candidates

Gunnison County Republicans, the information below provides a link to candidates being supported by the County Republican Committee. For a brief synopsis to help you learn more about each of them, you can click on the “Meet the Candidates” link at the very bottom, to scroll through a brief overview of each candidate. If you have questions, please call Chair Jane Chaney, 970-349-7744 or email JChaney@q.com

LOCAL CANDIDATES

Dave Taylor, Republican Candidate Gunnison County Commissioner, District 1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/koa.dave

Trudy Vader, Unaffiliated Candidate Gunnison County Commissioner, District 2

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vote-Trudy-Vader-112706720504185

STATE CANDIDATES

Kim McGahey, Colorado House District 61

Web site:  https://www.kimforhd61.com

Marilyn Harris, Colorado House District 59

Web site: https://www.marilynharrisforcolorado.com

Joyce Rankin, Colorado School Board

Web site: https://www.votejoycerankin.com

Seth Ryan, DA in 7th Judicial District

Web site: https://electsethryan.com

FEDERAL CANDIDATES

Lauren Boebert, US Congressional District 3

Web site: https://laurenforcolorado.com

Cory Gardner, US Senate

Web site: https://www.corygardnerforsenate.com

If you would like to read brief bio’s and information about each candidate, follow this link!https://gunnisoncountyrepublicans.org/meet-local-district-statewide-and-federal-candidates

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MEET LOCAL, DISTRICT, STATEWIDE AND FEDERAL CANDIDATES

Scroll down to see all of the local, district, state and federal candidates being supported by the Gunnison County Republican Central Committee!

MEET DAVE TAYLOR! REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE DISTRICT 1 GUNNISON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Dave attended Colorado State University and Graduated in 1980 with distinction (top 10%) with a B.S. in Business Administration-Concentration in Accounting. He passed the CPA exam in 1982. While his CPA certification has expired his deep knowledge of accounting and finance have served him well in his life and business endeavors.

Dave started his career with Touche Ross & Co, a big 8 public accounting firm in 1980. He went to work for a client in the cattle business in 1983 as controller and then Financial V.P. Dave worked at Red River Feed Yard in Stanfield, AZ formerly owned by John Wayne. The 1986 stock market crash forced the owner of this company into bankruptcy and Dave moved on. From 1987 to 1995, Dave was a commodity broker, golf course business manager and restaurant owner.

Dave’s big break in business came in 1995 when he went to work for a visionary entrepreneur in the temporary labor business.  Dave returned to Denver in 1997 and became the majority stockholder in the Denver subsidiary of the temporary labor business. This operation grew from 4 offices to 9 offices from 1997 to 2009. During their heyday this business did 8-10 million dollars in revenue and employed as many as 500 workers a day. Most years the temporary labor business issued 2000-2500 W-2’s annually. The financial crisis of 2008 forced the labor company to downsize, but the company was profitable every year of Dave’s ownership.

Many temporary employees at the labor company were people getting back on their feet or still struggling with substance abuse, drug addiction, or trouble with legal issues. Dave’s company was often the employer of last resort for many. Dave developed a strong advocacy for the underdog through this experience. All workers were treated fairly and with respect and dignity.

Dave and Susie purchased the Gunnison KOA campground in 2004. Somewhat, serendipitously, Dave’s parents had been work campers at the campground from 1997-2001 and Dave and Susie visited often with their young family. Dave’s critically ill Mom, and his Dad would live at their beloved campground with support from the family. Mom went to heaven on July 4, 2004 during the first year of ownership.   

In 2012, Dave sold his interest in the temporary labor company back to the visionary who had provided the opportunity and became a full-time resident of Gunnison. As the campground is open from May 1, to October 1, the off season provided great opportunity for Dave to do things he wanted to do. He worked at Alta convenience store where he met more community members in a short time that he had in his previous 8 years in Gunnison. His ego over powered his common sense when he purchased the former Trough restaurant and operated as “Double Dave’s” and then “The Steakhouse” for about a year. While this operation may have been successful with more time, the all-consuming nature of the restaurant business and financial commitment were too much and the restaurant was closed. Humbled but not broken, valuable lessons were learned!

Volunteering at the Gunnison food pantry and the senior center followed. After a several teen suicides in the community and the dire need for School Bus drivers, Dave decided to drive a school bus in the off season to connect with our youth. Committed to show a positive attitude and happiness to all who rode his bus, maybe one day he could be the friendly voice that could avert a disaster.

Dave became aware that School Board positions were sometimes hard to fill, so he applied and was appointed to the School Board in December of 2019. With a strong background in accounting and finance he hopes to help navigate the financial stress of COVID budget issues and bring a business perspective to school business.

While politics were not a consideration before COVID, Dave was motivated to bring a fresh voice to county politics. As a businessman, Dave wants to bring more balance to the BOCC. Support of local business and positive communication are high priorities. Dave’s financial aptitude will allow him to go deep into county finance and clearly explain financial issues to our taxpayers. Dave is very approachable and is committed to giving honest, straight forward answers, to all questions. 

Dave Taylor (61) grew up in Naperville, Il and graduated from Naperville Central H.S. in 1976. Mom, Matilda (deceased 2004) Dad, Jim (88) instilled strong values in their Sons Tom (63) Dave (61) and Bill (59).

Married to his High School sweet heart, Susie in 1980, they celebrated their 40th anniversary in June. Daughter, Katie (37) operates a successful legal recruiting business with her Partners. Son, Michael (33) is a paramedic with Gunnison Valley Hospital.

To donate send checks payable to Dave Taylor for County Commissioner (max $100 per person and per business) to: Box  718     Gunnison, CO 81230

MEET TRUDY VADER, UNAFILLIATED CANDIDATE, DISTRICT 2 BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSION

Unaffiliated fourth-generation Gunnison resident running for county commissioner.

June 22, 2020 – The paperwork is done and it’s official that Trudy Vader, a fourth generation Gunnison resident, is running for District 2 county commissioner.

As someone who is not affiliated with the two major political parties, Vader has the option to petition onto the November 2020 ballot. Unaffiliated voters do not hold a caucus or assembly, therefore unaffiliated candidates do not have that path to be printed on the primary ballot. She is now tasked with obtaining 173 valid Gunnison County registered voter signatures by the July 27 deadline.

Vader’s family in Gunnison County dates back to an 1881 ranch started by her great-grandfather Palmer H. Vader. Palmer was known for his progressive ranching and dedication to serving the folks in Gunnison County. Trudy worked for some time on the family ranch training horses. Later on, as a single mom of two, Kayla and Scott, she achieved a K-12 art education degree from Western State College in 1994 and graduated with a master’s degree in art from Adams State College in 1998. Her final degree was an ED.S. in administrative leadership and policy studies from University of Colorado Denver in 2007.

Vader’s professional career included 13 years teaching Art in the Mancos, Rocky Ford and Yuma School Districts and, at Lamar Community College. Following her education in administrative leadership and policy studies, she was a high school and middle school principal for 7 years in the Huerfano and Cripple Creek School Districts.  Her career in education culminated as Superintendent of the Hayden School District.

Through her school administration experience, she has worked with many state, county and city governing entities, including county commissioners.  Being in leadership roles in mostly socio-economically depressed rural areas during the latest major recession, she believes she is especially equipped with the necessary experience to oversee operational budgets in an efficient and effective manner.  In addition to her work experience, she served on the Board for Southern Teller County Health Service District as secretary.

Vader is running because “having all of our county elected leaders being like-minded creates lopsided governance and little reason to critically examine issues,” she says. “This type of decision-making has been firmly seeded in our county for too long and it’s become a glaring problem, sometimes thrusting Gunnison County into national headlines in a negative light.”

She is looking for support from across the political spectrum and from those that believe we need a leader in Gunnison County with common sense and who is an independent creative thinker.  Vader says, “I’m a leader who has the ability to consider the effects of decision making from the big picture and the long view.  I will be a leader willing to listen and work in a collaborative manner for the good of Gunnison County.”

To contact Vader with your questions, ideas and comments please email her at VoteTrudyVader@gmail.com or call her at (970) 975-1611. 

To donate mail checks (maximum $99 per person or per company) payable to Vote Trudy Vader, Box 403, Gunnison, CO 81230

MEET SETH RYAN, REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR THE 7TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

Currently the chief deputy district attorney for the Seventh Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Seth and his wife, Stacey, have called Montrose home since 2007.

Since February 2014, he has been the lead attorney for the Special Victim’s Crime Unit, which is primarily responsible for prosecuting sex offenses perpetrated against both adult and child victims. This has been a highlight of his career, and he is passionate about seeking justice for the victims he serves. 

Seth received his Juris Doctorate and Master of Business Administration from the University of Denver in 1997. He put both degrees to work as a stockbroker and a performance enhancement specialist for the Fortune 500 company Charles Schwab, Inc. During this time, he received multiple customer service awards and was responsible for propelling his team into the top ten performing groups in the company.

In 2007, Seth decided to return to the public sector as a prosecutor. He believes that being a prosecutor is the best job in law because every day you have the opportunity to impact someone’s life for the better.

Seth is excited to incorporate the latest management techniques to create prosecutions that are smarter, braver, and community responsive. 

Seth enjoys the outdoor activities our Western Slope communities offer as well as playing the electric guitar and ballroom dancing with Stacey.

About the 7th Judicial District Office of the District Attorney

The District Attorney serves the 7th Judicial District, which is comprised of six (6) counties: Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel. The many communities in the 7th Judicial District vary in character from rural to frontier, resort to remote, agricultural to mining, retirement to university.

Located on Colorado’s Western Slope, the 7th Judicial District covers a geographical area in excess of 9,500 square miles. The DA’s Office serves these counties and their many communities in four (4) separate offices, located in the towns of Delta, Gunnison, Montrose and Telluride. Each county has a courthouse located in the county seat, and Montrose County also has an associate county court that hears cases in the town of Nucla in the county’s West End.

For more about the DA’s Office, please visit https://www.co7da.org.

Meet Kim McGahey, Colorado House District 61

Web site:  https://www.kimforhd61.com

Meet Marilyn Harris, Colorado House District 59

Web site: https://www.marilynharrisforcolorado.com

MEET JOYCE RANKIN, COLORADO SCHOOL BOARD REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE

“The most important role of a teacher is to prepare students to become successful readers.”
​- Joyce Rankin

Joyce grew up in Allen Park, a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. Inspired by her 5th-grade teacher, she told her parents, at age 10, that she wanted to be a teacher. Following graduation with a degree in Elementary Education from Michigan State University, she began her teaching career in the fifth grade. She received her Master’s Degree and Administrative Credential from California State University at San Jose and served as an elementary school Principal.

MEET LAUREN BOEBERT, REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR COLORADO’S CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 3

Lauren Boebert is a Coloradoan living on the Western Slope who believes in personal freedom, citizen rights, and upholding the Constitution of the United States. She is the founder, owner, and operator of Shooters Grill, a restaurant that earned national notoriety for staff that proudly open carry as they serve their customers. She gained additional recognition in September 2019 by attending presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s rally to tell him directly: “Hell, no, you won’t take our guns.” When Colorado’s liberal state government voted for the state to join the National Popular Vote Compact and hand our votes for President of the United States to California, Lauren became the second-largest signature gatherer (over 229,000 signatures were gathered statewide), ensuring that voters would have the opportunity to repeal NPV this fall. If repealed, it will be the first time since the 1930’s that a law was repealed via citizen petition. Lauren is active in her church and has spent years counseling at-risk women at the local jail, encouraging them to become self-sufficient and productive members of society who do not depend on government assistance. She is an avid supporter of President Trump and his policies to Make America Great Again.

“There is a battle for the heart and soul of our country that I intend on helping win,” said Lauren. “I’m running for Congress to stand up for our conservative values, address our current representatives’ failed promises, and put far-left Democrats back in their place.”

“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Squad and the rest of these left-wing lunatics are taking a wrecking ball to our country while our current representative stays utterly silent,” Lauren said. “Hard-working, patriotic Americans like you and me don’t want the Green New Deal and socialized medicine.  Every time AOC and the rest of the Squad pipes up with another crazy idea, I will remind them that our belief in God, Country and Family are what built the United States of America into the greatest nation the world has ever known.”   

Lauren’s husband, Jayson, has worked his entire adult life in oil and gas fields, primarily in Western Colorado. They are the proud parents of four boys.

MEET CORY GARDNER, UNITED STATES SENATE

Cory Gardner knows how blessed we are to live in a place like Colorado, a state that has cultivated innovation, creativity and new opportunity for generations.  He is a Coloradan through and through and fights each and every day to make Colorado thrive, a state that Cory’s family has called home for five generations.

Cory’s love for Colorado took him to Colorado State University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and later to Boulder, where he earned his law degree at the University of Colorado. Cory and his wife Jaime live in Yuma, where they are raising a 6th generation of Coloradans: their children Alyson, Thatcher, and Caitlyn.

Cory’s family lives in the same house his great-grandparents lived in, in the same tight-knit community where Cory learned the values of accountability, responsibility, and the pride in a hard day’s work. Yuma is also home to Farmers Implement Company, a farm equipment business that has been in the Gardner family for over 100 years, and where Cory learned to run a business and to fight for our farmers and ranchers.

He’s a different kind of lawmaker in today’s hyper-partisan environment – instead of looking at the party letter next to somebody’s name, Cory looks for opportunities to improve the quality of life for Coloradans. He is ranked the 3rd most bipartisan Senator, and has a proven record of working across the aisle and delivering results for Colorado. Cory is the most effective federal representative in Colorado, with more bills signed into law than the rest of the entire Colorado congressional delegation combined.

As the chief architect of relocating the Bureau of Land Management to Colorado, Cory brought federal decision-makers closer to our public lands, because he believes government operates best when its closest to the people it serves. He’s secured funding to help rebuild our crumbling roads and bridges, allowing families to spend more time together instead of stuck in traffic. And Coloradans across the state now have more money in their pockets thanks to Cory’s work on opportunity zones and tax cuts that have helped grow wages and Colorado’s economy.

Cory serves on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, where he is a champion for Colorado’s public lands. In 2018, he led passage of the largest public lands package in more than a decade and secured permanent authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the crown jewel of conservation programs for preserving Colorado’s great outdoors.

As a member of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, Cory worked with members of both major parties to secure more than $300 million dollars for transportation and infrastructure projects in Colorado. And he helped save a Colorado company that is the backbone of our space program.

He is a champion for scientific research and the groundbreaking, world-changing work done at Colorado research institutions. Cory played a major role in securing the funding to finish the Aurora VA Hospital, and believes anyone who has worn the uniform for the United States deserves the best quality of care our country can provide.

Cory believes in Colorado and thinks America’s best days lie ahead.

FOR QUESTIONS PLEASE CALL JANE CHANEY, CHAIR, GUNNISON COUNTY REPUBLICANS AT 970-349-7744 OR EMAIL JCHANEY@Q.COM

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SEPTEMBER 2020 MONTHLY MEETING NOTICE

Join Gunnison County Republicans on Saturday, September 12, 8:30 AM at the Almont Resort. We meet in the back bar/lounge area and please arrive at 8:00 AM if you wish to order breakfast. We physically distance our tables and chairs however, encourage you to bring your mask so the restaurant is in compliance with Gunnison County Health requirements. Let’s not jeopardize one of our favorite local businesses.

Our special guest will be Marilyn Harris, our Republican candidate to Colorado House District 59! Marilyn is a true conservative, hard working woman who would represent us proudly in our state house!

If you wish to get the meeting notice on Thursday, September 10 emailed to you along with the agenda and minutes from the August meeting, please call or email Jane Chaney…

JChaney@q.com or 970-349-7744

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AUGUST MONTHLY MEETING

NOTICE:

Our August monthly meeting will be held this Saturday, August 8 from 8:30 – 9:45 AM at the Almont Resort. We meet in the back bar/lounge area. Please arrive at 8:00 AM if you wish to order breakfast.

We physically distance the tables, however, if you wish to bring your mask, please do so.

We’ll have guests from the Colorado Trump Campaign who will show us how to use Campaign Sidekick and, Trump yard signs and Cory Gardner yard signs and bumper stickers.

If you would like to receive the agenda and minutes from last months meeting, please email Chair, JChaney@q.com.

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WE MUST SUPPORT DAVE TAYLOR FOR COUNTY COMMISSIONER!

Dave Taylor is OUR County Commissioner candidate for District 1! His Democrat opponent is an academe in English at Western. Let’s see…local businessman, community volunteer, accountant and Constitutionalist!
THIS SHOULD NOT EVEN BE A CONTEST!  

So, we must support Dave by donating to his campaign! He’s going to need printed literature, and radio and newsprint advertising to help him get his message out! He has capped individual and business donations to $100 each. It’s a way of avoiding the appearance of anyone “buying influence” in his campaign. GREAT MOVE!  

Please send your check, up to $100 per individual or business , payable to Dave Taylor for County Commissioner to:  
Dave Taylor for County Commissioner
P.O. Box 718
Gunnison, CO 81230  

AS A UNITED PARTY, WE CAN CHANGE THE BALANCE ON OUR COUNTY COMMISSIONER’S BOARD! SUPPORT DAVE TAYLOR! To get in touch with him just email stanipkiss@aol.com He really wants to hear about your issues!  
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DAVE TAYLOR SHOWS US HOW IT’S DONE…WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM HIS FRIENDS!

District 1 Republican candidate for Gunnison County Board of Commissioner, Dave Taylor knocked it out of the park in his quest to be printed on the November ballot. As a “write-in” candidate during the primary, he was tasked with getting the minimum 143 write-ins in order to move on to the November General Election ballot.

He did it in spades!! The unofficial count as of Wednesday morning was 984 to the 143 he needed! Congratulations, Dave! We will do everything in our power to support your campaign run up in to November!

Now, we wait until July 10 to see who Dave’s Democrat opponent will be. The County Democrat party has until then to fill the vacancy, left when John Messner resigned to take a Commission job in Denver.

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DISTRICT 2 COMMISSIONER SEAT NO LONGER UNCONTESTED

Unaffiliated fourth-generation Gunnison resident running for county commissioner.

June 22, 2020 – The paperwork is done and it’s official that Trudy Vader, a fourth generation Gunnison resident, is running for District 2 county commissioner.

As someone who is not affiliated with the two major political parties, Vader has the option to petition onto the November 2020 ballot. Unaffiliated voters do not hold a caucus or assembly, therefore unaffiliated candidates do not have that path to be printed on the primary ballot. She is now tasked with obtaining 173 valid Gunnison County registered voter signatures by the July 27 deadline.

Vader’s family in Gunnison County dates back to an 1881 ranch started by her great-grandfather Palmer H. Vader. Palmer was known for his progressive ranching and dedication to serving the folks in Gunnison County. Trudy worked for some time on the family ranch training horses. Later on, as a single mom of two, Kayla and Scott, she achieved a K-12 art education degree from Western State College in 1994 and graduated with a master’s degree in art from Adams State College in 1998. Her final degree was an ED.S. in administrative leadership and policy studies from University of Colorado Denver in 2007.

Vader’s professional career included 13 years teaching Art in the Mancos, Rocky Ford and Yuma School Districts and, at Lamar Community College. Following her education in administrative leadership and policy studies, she was a high school and middle school principal for 7 years in the Huerfano and Cripple Creek School Districts.  Her career in education culminated as Superintendent of the Hayden School District.

Through her school administration experience, she has worked with many state, county and city governing entities, including county commissioners.  Being in leadership roles in mostly socio-economically depressed rural areas during the latest major recession, she believes she is especially equipped with the necessary experience to oversee operational budgets in an efficient and effective manner.  In addition to her work experience, she served on the Board for Southern Teller County Health Service District as secretary.

Vader is running because “having all of our county elected leaders being like-minded creates lopsided governance and little reason to critically examine issues,” she says. “This type of decision-making has been firmly seeded in our county for too long and it’s become a glaring problem, sometimes thrusting Gunnison County into national headlines in a negative light.”

She is looking for support from across the political spectrum and from those that believe we need a leader in Gunnison County with common sense and who is an independent creative thinker.  Vader says, “I’m a leader who has the ability to consider the effects of decision making from the big picture and the long view.  I will be a leader willing to listen and work in a collaborative manner for the good of Gunnison County.”

To contact Vader with your questions, ideas and comments please email her at VoteTrudyVader@gmail.com or call her at 970) 975-1611. 

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VOTE YOUR PRIMARY BALLOT TODAY!

As Gunnison County Republicans, we share ONE COMMON GOAL.

Let our voices be heard!

Ballots have arrived! If you haven’t already done so, please complete your ballot today and drop it off at the post office or a drop box located in the parking lot at the Blackstock Government Building in Gunnison or the one located in Crank Plaza at the Crested Butte Town Hall.

For District 1 County Commissioner, please “write-in” our candidate, Dave Taylor and as important, you MUST FILL IN the little circle to the left of the write-in line

If you would like to reach out to Dave, use this link to his email. He wants to hear your thoughts and suggestions!

LET’S BLOW THE DOORS OFF THIS PRIMARY IN SUPPORT OF DAVE TAYLOR!

Let’s WIN RED!!

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MEET DAVE TAYLOR! CANDIDATE DISTRICT 1 GUNNISON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Dave attended Colorado State University and Graduated in 1980 with distinction (top 10%) with a B.S. in Business Administration-Concentration in Accounting. He passed the CPA exam in 1982. While his CPA certification has expired his deep knowledge of accounting and finance have served him well in his life and business endeavors.

Dave started his career with Touche Ross & Co, a big 8 public accounting firm in 1980. He went to work for a client in the cattle business in 1983 as controller and then Financial V.P. Dave worked at Red River Feed Yard in Stanfield, AZ formerly owned by John Wayne. The 1986 stock market crash forced the owner of this company into bankruptcy and Dave moved on. From 1987 to 1995, Dave was a commodity broker, golf course business manager and restaurant owner.

Dave’s big break in business came in 1995 when he went to work for a visionary entrepreneur in the temporary labor business.  Dave returned to Denver in 1997 and became the majority stockholder in the Denver subsidiary of the temporary labor business. This operation grew from 4 offices to 9 offices from 1997 to 2009. During their heyday this business did 8-10 million dollars in revenue and employed as many as 500 workers a day. Most years the temporary labor business issued 2000-2500 W-2’s annually. The financial crisis of 2008 forced the labor company to downsize, but the company was profitable every year of Dave’s ownership.

Many temporary employees at the labor company were people getting back on their feet or still struggling with substance abuse, drug addiction, or trouble with legal issues. Dave’s company was often the employer of last resort for many. Dave developed a strong advocacy for the underdog through this experience. All workers were treated fairly and with respect and dignity.

Dave and Susie purchased the Gunnison KOA campground in 2004. Somewhat, serendipitously, Dave’s parents had been work campers at the campground from 1997-2001 and Dave and Susie visited often with their young family. Dave’s critically ill Mom, and his Dad would live at their beloved campground with support from the family. Mom went to heaven on July 4, 2004 during the first year of ownership.   

In 2012, Dave sold his interest in the temporary labor company back to the visionary who had provided the opportunity and became a full-time resident of Gunnison. As the campground is open from May 1, to October 1, the off season provided great opportunity for Dave to do things he wanted to do. He worked at Alta convenience store where he met more community members in a short time that he had in his previous 8 years in Gunnison. His ego over powered his common sense when he purchased the former Trough restaurant and operated as “Double Dave’s” and then “The Steakhouse” for about a year. While this operation may have been successful with more time, the all-consuming nature of the restaurant business and financial commitment were too much and the restaurant was closed. Humbled but not broken, valuable lessons were learned!

Volunteering at the Gunnison food pantry and the senior center followed. After a several teen suicides in the community and the dire need for School Bus drivers, Dave decided to drive a school bus in the off season to connect with our youth. Committed to show a positive attitude and happiness to all who rode his bus, maybe one day he could be the friendly voice that could avert a disaster.

Dave became aware that School Board positions were sometimes hard to fill, so he applied and was appointed to the School Board in December of 2019. With a strong background in accounting and finance he hopes to help navigate the financial stress of COVID budget issues and bring a business perspective to school business.

While politics were not a consideration before COVID, Dave was motivated to bring a fresh voice to county politics. As a businessman, Dave wants to bring more balance to the BOCC. Support of local business and positive communication are high priorities. Dave’s financial aptitude will allow him to go deep into county finance and clearly explain financial issues to our taxpayers. Dave is very approachable and is committed to giving honest, straight forward answers, to all questions. 

Dave Taylor (61) grew up in Naperville, Il and graduated from Naperville Central H.S. in 1976. Mom, Matilda (deceased 2004) Dad, Jim (88) instilled strong values in their Sons Tom (63) Dave (61) and Bill (59).

Married to his High School sweet heart, Susie in 1980, they will celebrate their 40th anniversary in June. Daughter, Katie (37) operates a successful legal recruiting business with her Partners. Son, Michael (33) is a paramedic with Gunnison Valley Hospital.

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