Kiowa town candidates provide insights about themselves

Posted 10/6/20

Candidates for Kiowa town office shared details of their background and goals with the Elbert County News: Richard D. Kolm Candidate for mayor of Kiowa Tell us about yourself I have lived in the …

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Kiowa town candidates provide insights about themselves

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Candidates for Kiowa town office shared details of their background and goals with the Elbert County News:

Richard D. Kolm

Candidate for mayor of Kiowa

Tell us about yourself

I have lived in the community since 1984. This is a great town with wonderful residents. I chose to be a part of the town and make a difference. I am committed to make Kiowa a great town to live and raise a family.

Why are you running for mayor?

I am running for mayor of Kiowa to continue to work on what we have started, better communication between the town and our citizens, fiscal responsibility, and sound policy practices. We strive to continue encouraging development and I am devoted on keeping Kiowa a great place to live and raise your families.

If elected, what would be your top priority?

If elected, I would like to continue promoting open communication with all citizens, work for sound fiscal practices, promote responsible development and growth and encourage the citizens of Kiowa to participate in meetings and be open to their opinions and comments concerning the town.

Tim Chambers

Candidate for Kiowa trustee

Tell us about yourself

I am a father of five kids and a grandfather of four. I have lived in Kiowa since 2017 and would like to see positive and safe growth here. I have been trying to be part of the board since I was eligible to but have always been turned down by the current board. 

Why are you running for this position?

You could say that I was lucky to be appointed to the board until these elections because there was no one else who ran against me, but I have seen too many discrepancies since I have been part of it. Unfortunately, we have some who are out for their own well-being and forget we serve as the voice of our Kiowa residents. As you have seen, my vote has not always been the popular one by many board members, but I stand by residents pleads for change.

If elected what would be your top priority?

If elected I would like to continue to make sure our residents continue to have a voice and make sure all decisions are not just made by the board as they have been in the past. I would continue to work towards a fix for our continued drainage problem, and would brainstorm possibilities with our board and residents to bring in more revenue and reinstate our Kiowa Police Department.

Theresa (Terry) Howard

Candidate for Kiowa trustee

Tell us about yourself

I was born in Fort Monmouth, NJ and raised an Army brat. I have lived in Colorado since 1972; graduated from Roy J. Wasson high school. I moved to Kiowa from Aurora almost five years ago, to be closer to my family. I love our little town and want to see it responsibly prosper. Over my adult life I have managed businesses, multi-million-dollar properties, my own painting and drywall business, then a motorcycle rider education non-profit. I excel at working within a budget and generating income. I am fiscally conservative. I was a volunteer lobbyist for motorcyclists’ rights at our state Capitol as well as in Washington DC for 10 plus years, representing motorcyclists in Colorado and getting safety measures passed in the state of Colorado. I own and work from my home in Kiowa and have kitty cats and puppy dogs, no two-legged children.

Why are you running for this position?

I am running for this position because I feel the citizens of Kiowa have gone too long without a voice in how Kiowa moves forward.  

If elected, what would be your top priority?

If elected I would like to see citizens be more informed about progressing our town. We need to have our input included in the decisions Kiowa makes. I will be setting up meetings as well as social media to help initiate input from the citizens. The citizens of Kiowa need to be represented and not my own opinion presented. Constituents need a voice on the board, and I will do my very best to represent you.

Carey D. Kalisch

Candidate for Kiowa trustee

Tell us about yourself

I have lived in Kiowa for 27 years and have served on the Town Board previously for two four-year terms. I am a native of Elbert County and have called this home for 60 years. I have a heart for this town and the community.

Why are you running for this position?

I want to protect the small-town atmosphere and provide smart planned growth. My best interest is in this community.

If elected what would be your top priority?

I would like to see the town, school, and fire department work together to better the community. 

Jason McMillan

Candidate for Kiowa trustee

Tell us about yourself

I am a married father of four, and I am committed to, and invested in, the success of Kiowa.

Why are you running for this position?

I am running for a seat on the Kiowa Board of Trustees because I believe that the voices of residents are not being heard in our government. I also see a lack of common sense, practicality, fiscal responsibility, and vision for our future as a community. I believe that I can bring all those things to the table, if given a chance.

If elected, what would be your top priority?

I would like to see several things change in our town:

Better quality communication to our citizens. Facebook is great, but not everyone lives there. The town website should be the primary communication tool for the town to disseminate what is happening, or what is being decided on the town’s behalf. I would see to it that that is improved. Fiscal transparency is a must. If the citizenry does not know the state of the town’s finances, they cannot know or understand the choices that the board must make for the well-being of the township. Open communication to the board. It should be easy to make your voice heard, not difficult. I would push to open a line of communication with the board, so that if you cannot make it to a board meeting, your comments and suggestions can and will be heard by those you elected to lead. Growth is essential to the ongoing vitality of Kiowa, and it must be done with responsibility and respect to current, as well as future citizens. Traffic, safety, revenue, and town support are of utmost importance to me. Kiowa MUST have a police department. The sherrif’s office is great, but they are spread way too thin, across 1,851 square miles. Response time can be long, which is unacceptable, and must be changed. This will be one of my top priorities.

Jonathon Shafer

Candidate for Kiowa trustee

Why are you running for this position?

I am running to be reelected as a trustee because I believe our great little town has a lot to offer its people. I want to keep the Kiowa we all love while helping to make it better for all, restore government accountability, transparency and encourage development that respects the character that we have all come to know and love.

If elected, what will be your top priority?

If I am reelected, I intend to:

Work to repair some past discrepancies and set new standards going forward. Do my best to listen and understand the concerns of the people of this town and work toward finding acceptable solutions. Seek out new ways to keep this Town the best little place to live in. Seek out an answer to “How can we restore Kiowa’s Police Department?” and work toward that solution.

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