Announcing My Re-election Campaign


I would like to thank the people of Park County for giving me the opportunity to serve them as their District 2 County Commissioner for the last 3 years. It has been a wonderful experience, and one I would like to continue for the next 5 years. Together we have accomplished quite a bit. Working with Summit County, Breckenridge, and Summit Stage we have added bus service from Fairplay to Breckenridge. With the creation of the Health Services District in South Park we now have a Doctor at the clinic in Fairplay. We have made available standard engineered plans to anyone who wants to build a small home. These plans include the house, foundation and septic system making it more affordable to build. We are currently working with Habitat for Humanity and a grant from El Pomar to build duplexes in Fairplay which will provide more affordable housing. We hope to expand the program to the Bailey area, all without committing taxpayer money. We are working with the Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments on housing issues, and hope to bring our two school districts to the table in order to provide construction training to students who do not wish to go to college. Bailey has a new community center. It took a long time, but it is now open for business. We have expanded the Colorado State University Extension Service so they now have an office in Bailey two days a week and continue to look for ways to help expand service for seniors in the Bailey area. We are in the final stages of revising our zoning regulations to allow people to have more flexibility in how they use their property. We are revising our overly restrictive camping regulations to make it easier to use your property in a safe and sanitary manner. My work as Commissioner extends beyond just the Park County meetings. I am active in the Pike Peaks Area Council of Governments, which provides a large portion of the money needed for senior services. I was elected by the Central Front Range Transportation Region to be their representative to the State Transportation Advisory Committee, where I can push US285, US24 and CO9 issues in front of a statewide audience. I was appointed by the Governor to the State Workforce Development Council where I hope to highlight attainable housing issues. I was appointed by Colorado Counties to serve on the Colorado Works Allocation Committee, where I now serve as co-chair. This committee allocates TANF funds (formerly Aid to Families with Dependent Children) to individual counties. I was appointed by the Minority Leader in the State Legislature to serve on the Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee for the 11th Judicial District, and also serve as Park County’s representative to the South Platte Basin Water Roundtable. My primary passion is to work for Park County. We need to make sure we receive all of the benefits our citizens have paid for through their state and federal taxes. I also want to work for rural Colorado because if we can unite all the counties that are not part of the urban corridor we can better achieve our individual goals. Our tax resources in Park County are limited, it is my goal to provide the most services we can within the constraints the people of the county give us. I welcome all comments, and hope we can continue to work together to try to make Park County the best possible place to live. I would appreciate your support in the upcoming election.

Who I Am

What I am doing as Commissioner to help Park County Citizens

  • Secretary on the executive committee for the Pike Peaks Area Council of Governments, which provides a large portion of the money needed for senior services
  • Elected by the Central Front Range Transportation Region to be their representative to the State Transportation Advisory Committee, where he can push US285, US24 and CO9 issues in front of a statewide audience
  • Appointed by the Governor to the State Workforce Development Council where he hopes to highlight attainable housing issues in rural Colorado
  • Appointed by Colorado Counties to serve on the Colorado Works Allocation Committee, where he now serves as co-chair. This committee allocates TANF funds (formerly Aid to Families with Dependent Children) to individual counties
  • Appointed by the Minority Leader in the State Legislature to serve on the Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee for the 11th Judicial District
  • Park County’s representative to the South Platte Basin Water Roundtable

Who I am

  • Long time Coloradoan. His Great grandfather homesteaded in Elbert County in 1873 and became county commissioner in 1896
  • Grew up in Arapahoe County
  • Has lived in Park County for over 40 years
  • Has been married for 45 years and has 3 grown children
  • Coached and umpired Little League Baseball and Midget Football
  • Built the computers and wired the first network for Platte Canyon School District
  • Completed the 12 mile Tough Mudder 2015 and 2016 Obstacle Challenge in support of the Wounded Warrior Project
  • Is an avid backpacker, nature lover, photographer and is thankful every day for building and living in Park County
  • Before being elected County Commissioner he was a self-employed, small business owner for 31 years
  • Is an Information Technology Professional
  • Was Contract Manager for multi-million dollar energy projects
  • Has a diverse background in contract work including: telecommunications, financial, mining, and energy fields
  • Is a registered Republican for his entire voting career
  • Advocates for Park county and rural concerns at the state level

  • Purchased Deer Creek water rights and conservation easement to protect our water and land
  • Protected personal property rights by revising LUR tables to simplify and grant more rights for uses on your property
  • Smaller, more effective government
  • Historic Preservation for Future Generations


Photo courtesy ColoradoGuy.com

  • New equipment -- started a replacement plan for our aging fleet
  • Created new ways to attract and retain employees
  • Purchased water rights for dust mitigation
  • Working with State Legislature and CDOT for more Park County Funding

Public Works receives very little funding from your property taxes. Currently Public Works receives less than $10.00 from each piece of property in the County. Public Works receives the majority of its funding from Highway User Tax Funds (gasoline taxes).


  • New Sheriff vehicles to replace aging fleet that averaged over 160,000 miles per vehicle
  • Increased wages to help retain employees
  • Increased code enforcement and new “solutions based” attitude
  • Attended many Fire Adapted Bailey meetings and fundraiser
  • Working with Colorado Water and State Legislature to make sure that we have water in our ponds to fight fires

  • Worked with Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments and Senior coalition and the county to help bring the senior coalition accounting into compliance with the requirements for receiving grant monies
  • Purchased and renovated the Bailey Community Center
  • Helped bring a Doctor to Park County

  • Working with the Upper Arkansas Area Council of Goverments to explore ways to encourage affordable housing
  • Worked to procure a grant from El Pomar to help jumpstart an affordable housing project
  • Started the work with Habitat for Humanity to develop affordable duplexes in Fairplay
  • Was appointed to the Colorado Workforce Development Council by the Governor with the mission of highlighting affordable housing issues in Rural Colorado
  • All of this accomplished without spending County monies
  • Worked with Summit County, the town of Breckinridge and Summit Stage to bring Bus service to Fairplay
  • We have developed standard engineered plans for houses, foundations and septic systems to make building more affordable

Out & About in Park County

White buffalo near Hartsel

White Buffalo

Volunteering at Jefferson Community Center

JCCA

Non-profit Fundraiser

NPF

Sheriff Fundraiser

PCSO Fundrainder

Cowboy Christmas

Cowboy Christmas

Lake George Robotics w/Colorado State University

Lake George Robotics

History Colorado

History Colorado Most Endangered Places

Preserving Cline Ranch buildings

Community Involvement

Voted Best Elected Official

Voted Best Elected Official

Testifying about the Gallagher Amendment

Testifying

Harris Park Meeting

Harris Park

Homes for the Heart

Homes for the Heart

Park County Fair

Celebrity Dairy Goat Show Celebrity Dairy Goat Show Royalty Judging

Fire Adaptive Bailey

Fire Adaptive Bailey

Videos

Cattlemen's Association Q&A

What is your top priority?

Private Property Rights

Richard Elsner
1763 Woodside Dr.
Pine, CO 80470

P: (303) 917-0091
Email Me
relsner@datamanco.com