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Weld County Commissioner Candidate profile: Kristie Melendez (Republican) Weld County Commissioner District 1

June 18, 2020 | Local News
Kristie Melendez

Weld County Commissioner Candidate profile: Kristie Melendez (Republican) Weld County Commissioner District 1

By Dan Karpiel

The Surveyor

The Surveyor reached out to all 10 of the major-party candidates for Weld County Commissioner and all nine candidates for the open County Commissioner seats in Larimer County and prefaced four questions, outlined below. Due to space limitations in print and a desire to provide as much detailed information as possible to readers, the candidates’ responses to the questions will be posted verbatim here.

  1. Can you please provide a brief history of your background, i.e. career/occupation, family, history in Colorado/Weld County, etc., just some basic get-to-know-you information for our readers.

Kristie Melendez is a CSU graduate and 4th-generation Weld County resident who raised a fifth generation in Wind­sor, CO.

Her roots run deep in Weld County, going back to 1912 when her great grandparents immigrated to the United States from Grimm, Russia. She started her own marketing firm shortly after college, Smart Marketing dba EasyChair Media.  For the last 20 years, the company has focused on working with Colorado Chambers of Commerce and Visitor Centers providing custom publishing, marketing strategies and content creation.  Kristie has been married for 33 years to her high school sweet­heart and has two grown daughters, all Weld Proud.
On April 15, 2010, Melendez was elected to the Windsor Town Board representing District 4. In 2016, she was elected Windsor’s first female Mayor.

  • What prompted you to run for Weld County Commissioner District 1?
    “In my tenure as mayor I worked on important issues like transportation, water, oil & gas & economic development.  These translate well into the county work that I am ready to get working on. I was there leading on the 1-25 expansion project, brought Windsor a new post office and led the single largest successful year in Windsor’s 130 history in terms of building permits and sales tax revenue in 2019. Now more than ever, we need a strong experienced voice to lead us on these issues and the recovery effort. I entered the race for commissioner district 1 to ensure that the values we care about in Weld County continue for generations to come.
  • Can you please provide a brief outline of your political/ideological philosophy?
    I don’t represent the current status quo.  I represent the people of Weld County and a new era of policy making, accountability and transparency while being fiscally responsible. I believe leadership is an opportunity to serve. I stand by our constitution and these three God given rights – faith, family and freedom.
  • What are the major issue(s) on which you want to focus your campaign and potential service as Weld County Commissioner District 1?

First and foremost, we must enable job creation & job diversity to help those out of work find employment and ensure that entrepreneurs and business owners have an easy way of navigating the system of starting a business. A pro-business mind set on helping rather than hindering.  

Develop a proactive solid recovery plan to make certain that people affected regain their health and the industry that has been affected has a chance to come back. Stronger, better and more resilient!  The health, safety and welfare of our citizens in Weld County needs to be a top priority as well as ensuring that our first responders and law enforcement have what they need to adequately preform their jobs and provide necessary emergency services.

Out of community conversations determine the local priorities (roads, infrastructure, structural, etc.) that the people of Weld are needing or looking for. Government is by the people and for the people, so it is important we listen to their concerns then take action based on what we are hearing.

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