BRIGHTON — Republican Party candidates Neal Mancuso and Jan Pawlowski are vying for the District 5 seat for the Adams County Board of County Commissioners in the primary election. The District 5 seat is a new seat on the county board of commissioners, created after voters approved a measure allowing the board to expand from three to five seats in 2012.
Mancuso said he loves Adams County and wants his leadership to focus on overall growth and prosperity for citizens throughout the entire county.
The Bennett resident said he is tired of “the constant attack on the property rights and the constitutional rights of the people,” and wants to give back to the community by representing Adams County citizens who live in rural areas.
“I’ve gone out and talked and visited with the people,” he said. “I know what their concerns are, both short term and long term, and I share those concerns and I don’t feel that they’ve really been represented well in the past.”
If elected as District 5 commissioner, Mancuso would like to develop better and lasting solutions to the county’s problems, improve the county’s image and promote transparency, create more jobs, develop oil and gas resources, promote agriculture and agrotourism and develop new resources in the I-70 corridor to service the needs of businesses, the community and the county.
Mancuso believes he is the best candidate for the seat because of his background as an engineer where he has experience in missiles and rockets and range safety – things that are involved in spaceport activities. He also has experience with heavy and light industry, infrastructure, water and wastewater.
“I have experience in oil and gas,” he said. “I have experience in a lot of other things that are relevant to what the future is going to be for this county and I also understand the rural aspects and the rural people of this county. Eighty percent of this county is rural, roughly, and a lot of it is in my district.”
Mancuso has served on the Bennett Board of Trustees, and after 10 years of service to the community, he was term limited in 2012. Part of that experience included serving on the planning and zoning commission. He is currently on the Regional Economic Advancement Partnership and the Bennett Park and Recreation District.
Pawlowski, a long-time resident of Brighton, believes that Adams County can be better than it’s been portrayed in the past and would like to provide its citizens with better representation and a voice. Pawlowski believes her leadership on city council, and as a former mayor of Brighton, makes her stand out as a candidate.
“I have the desire to try to make Adam County a sparkling county in the State of Colorado, in that we’ve had some shadowy pasts, and I would just like to see the county seat – us – represented in a better fashion than has characteristically been displayed in the past several years in Adams County,” she said.
Pawlowski said one of the biggest concerns she’s heard from the people is the stormwater utility fee She understands the issue is in court and that nothing can happen until the court reaches a decision, but that she would like to see the commissioners re-address the issue.
Pawlowski would also like to help the county address the growth that will be occurring in the future. While serving on city council, Pawlowski said Brighton’s population doubled and city council decided that growth would pay for its own way. She’s not sure the county commissioners have that on their radar.
“I really think it’s really important that that be taken into consideration for any growth that takes place or any changes that take place – that you don’t do it on the backs of existing customers and residents. The new ones coming in are the ones that need to pay the price if they want to be here.”
Pawlowski has been married to her husband, Norm Pawlowski, for 48 years and together they have two children and four grandchildren. She has owned Varsity Sports in Brighton for 30 years and would like to become the first woman from Brighton to represent the Adams County seat in its 110-year history.