Q&A with Abe Laydon, Republican candidate for Douglas County District 1 commissioner

Posted 6/11/18

City or town of residence and how long lived there: Lone Tree, five years; Douglas County, 14 years Profession: A 15-year land-use and business attorney, he is a senior partner at Coan, Payton & …

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Q&A with Abe Laydon, Republican candidate for Douglas County District 1 commissioner

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City or town of residence and how long lived there: Lone Tree, five years; Douglas County, 14 years

Profession: A 15-year land-use and business attorney, he is a senior partner at Coan, Payton & Payne, LLC.

Related elected-office or public-service experience: Second term as a Douglas County planning commissioner; former Douglas County Republican Party treasurer and first vice-chairman; as a graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies, he has also served as an officer and board member of multiple local nonprofits.

Why are you seeking this office?

I have a huge heart to serve and want to leave Douglas County a better place for my children. In the same vein as my core belief from John 15:13, I see this role as a perfect way to offer up my life to my community and truly make a difference.

What makes you the most qualified person for the position?

My combination of public service and private-sector experience makes me the most qualified and experienced candidate. In fact, I'm the only candidate in the race with land-use experience, when most of the county residents' number one concern is growth and overdevelopment. During my tenure on the planning commission I have heard many challenging cases including Franktown Village, Sterling Ranch, Rueter-Hess Reservoir and much more. These cases contained detailed testimony on water, utility, transportation, metro district financing, land-use and property-rights issues. Through all of this, I have been an advocate and voice for the citizens of the county.

What would your top two priorities be if elected?

My top two priorities are in response to Douglas County residents' concerns: growth and traffic. As a planning commissioner, I have consistently voted to support our citizens and communities against irresponsible growth and development. I will make sure that we always have amazing communities that are beautifully built, where citizens are included in the process. I am committed to protecting the true character of all of our neighborhoods. That means no development without water and adequate roads, no development that changes the fundamental character of our communities and no development that harms the quality of life in Douglas County.

What else should the voters know about you?

I'm a fifth-generation Coloradan from humble beginnings. I'm a watchdog, not a rubber stamp for special interests. I don't have any conflicts of interest, taxpayers come first. I have no relatives employed by the county or in elected office already governing you. I also won't take a single cent from developers or the marijuana lobby. As a non-politician with practical, real world experience, I am the people's choice, not the politician's choice.

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