Local News Network Durango: MEET MATT SALKA, DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR COUNTY COMMISSIONER, DISTRICT 3
We asked the four La Plata County Commissioner candidates to tell us what their priorities will be if they win their seats. Meet Matt Salka, the Democratic candidate for the District 3 seat. Charly Minkler, the independent candidate running against Salka, did not respond to several requests to participate. (The views expressed are those of the county commissioner candidates and are presented as a public service of the Local NEWS Network.)
Thank you all for attending the League of Women voters of La Plata County event. If you couldn't attend, here is what you missed. Thank you to LWV, I really enjoyed talking with you all.
Relationships are key to getting things accomplished. I have cultivated relationships throughout La Plata County, during my time as Mayor. I got a lot done for Bayfield, and now I want to use those relationships in bringing meaningful changes to La Plata County.
As a non-partisan Mayor and town Trustee, I am known for my ability to look at all sides of an issue and to work compatibly with all citizens to reach effective solutions. I will continue those efforts for La Plata County as Commissioner.
Topics include, our experiences, La Plata County hot topics, and questions from the audience.
I support the County Planning Commissions decision, passing the draft Land Use Code for the County Commissioners to consider. Planning Commissioners have worked on this for years. If passed by the County Commissioners, this will be a step in the right direction. As Mayor and on the planning commission for Bayfield, I understand the hard work that goes behind working on a new land use code. This living document has the potential to be fine tuned. As Commissioner, I will always be out there to listen and learn from the community to make sure they have a voice and an easier process to accomplish their goals.
As our community grows, it's critical that we attract large and medium sized employers that will provide quality jobs for people across our County. Hardworking people across La Plata have similar goals, to provide for their families and support a good quality of life. As a leader of the Mill Street Revitalization Committee in Bayfield, I know the hard work that goes into attracting and retaining businesses. I am committed to pursuing more opportunities for our community.
The Club luncheon for the La Plata County Democrats on 14 July 2020 featuring County Commissioner candidate Matt Salka Introduction and a presentation on the division in our country by Mike Todt.
As an elected official, I believe in governing responsibly with a balanced budget. It comes from my experience as a small business owner and is a big part of my approach as a public servant. As the Mayor of Bayfield and trustee, I have kept a balanced budget over my 6 years tenure. As County Commissioner, you can count on me to govern within our means and to keep our expenses and revenue balanced.
The fate of Bayfield's transfer station must be addressed. This should stay in Bayfield. As Mayor I worked closely to keep Bayfield's DMV in Bayfield. I will do the same for this transfer station.