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District 5 County Commissioner Candidate: Cami Bremer

By: The Gazette
June 6, 2018 Updated: June 7, 2018 at 7:22 pm
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photo - Cami Bremer (Photo via Facebook)
Cami Bremer (Photo via Facebook) 

Republican Party

Website: CamiBremer.com

Campaign Facebook Page: facebook.com/CamiBremerForCommissioner/

Twitter: None

Email: Cami.Bremer@gmail.com

Education: University of Georgia: bachelor's degree in public relations; University of Colorado at Colorado Springs: master's in business administration with an emphasis in marketing

Experience: physician & community relations manager at Penrose Cancer Center from 2011 to 2018; American Heart Association regional director from 2007 to 2008; Colorado Springs public communications specialist from 2004 to 2007; director of governmental affairs for the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce from 2003 to 2004; active volunteer on federal, state and local campaigns since 2002

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

County Commissioners are stewards of resources - water, land, residents and your tax dollars. We must prioritize, innovate and protect the urban-rural interface that makes our community so unique and inspired us all to live, work and play in El Paso County. Every decision made by commissioners has the ability to hurt or help residents' ability to do just that. Smart, planned growth, with comprehensive infrastructure planning and efficient processes across governmental entities will ensure our community can continue to thrive and be sustainable for future generations. We must have a thoughtful approach to growth that is planned and sustainable in a way that leaves this community better, and better positioned for success.

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?

We already have substantial infrastructure issues surrounding some of our military installations that should be addressed immediately. As military spending is increasing, El Paso County must ensure we are well-positioned for supporting our military partners. Highway 94 is extremely dangerous and needs immediate improvement. And while this is a state highway, it highlights the lesson recently learned through I-25, that we must be proactive in securing funds for priority projects in our region. This will require coordination on planning and execution with multiple government agencies, including CDOT and military leadership, to ensure our improvements are cost-effective and meet future growth needs.

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

YES, illegal grows are a problem! When voters approved recreational use of marijuana, they did so with very little regulatory structure to address the issues our community is seeing. So our local officials can address the issues locally as follows:

- Support our law enforcement and ensure they have resources to go after illegal grows.

- Utilize land use planning/zoning ordinances that restrict illegal grows

- Utilize code enforcement to ensure our community remains safe from the structural and environmental hazards caused by illegal grows.

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