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District 1 County Commissioner Candidate: Frank DeLalla

By: The Gazette
June 6, 2018 Updated: June 7, 2018 at 7:34 pm
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Frank DeLalla (Facebook)

Republican Party

Campaign Website: fdelalla.com

Twitter: None

Campaign Facebook Page: facebook.com/pg/DeLallaForCountyCommissioner/

Email Address: delallaforccd1@gmail.com

Education: Virginia Tech: bachelor's degree in computer science, bachelor's degree in political science,

Experience: executive leader at two of the country's largest defense contractors, Lockheed Martin and L-3 Communications, managing the development and support of complex weapon systems; community service leader with Knights of Columbus and Boy Scouts of America

What should the county's priorities be to keep up with the significant population growth that's expected in the coming years?

The key priority is making sure that our water resources are sufficient to support both current community needs and future development. I am committed to ensuring that this resource is protected and not over-committed as our county grows. Closely tied to this is ensuring that land use decisions are well planned; include the appropriate infrastructure; provide sufficient fire protection resources; protect our environment and natural resources; and are sustainable for the future. Lastly, our County Master Plan needs to be updated to address our anticipated growth, particularly to ensure we have adequate affordable housing for our working middle class.

Progress is moving along on the widening of the Interstate 25 Gap, and construction could begin later this year. What do you see as the next big infrastructure project that needs to get done in the county?

I believe the primary focus for infrastructure should be repairing and maintaining the infrastructure we already have, particularly our degraded roads and bridges. As to new "big" infrastructure projects, I would list three: Completion of Powers Boulevard to I-25; mitigation of the flooding and run-off issues caused by the Waldo Canyon fire; and expanding broadband services to the rural parts of the county. Lastly, with the recent approval by the Colorado Springs City Council of the new Bike Master Plan, I would favor some infrastructure investment in implementing that plan, to improve the safety and availability of bike lanes.

Do you believe the medical and recreational marijuana markets are creating a problem with illegal grow operations in the county? If so, how can the Board of County Commissioners help address that problem?

I do believe that illegal grow operations are a significant issue for El Paso County, an unintended consequence of Amendment 64. The state of Colorado has received substantial revenue from legal sales of marijuana, and I believe the Board of County Commissioners should work with the state government to have a portion of that marijuana tax revenue allocated to the County. This allocation would be reserved for the specific use of the County Sheriff's office, for additional resources to investigate and prosecute illegal grow operations.

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