Westside politickin': Gloriod talks taxes at Optimist confab

       Jack Gloriod, candidate for District 3 county commissioner, was guest speaker at the Westside Optimist Club's luncheon meeting at Paravicini's Italian Bistro July 13.
       The Republican hopeful told the group the county needs better long-range planning, and that he would work with citizens so that people would feel a part of any change. “My intent is getting the county involved in preparing a vision,” he said, adding that his major concerns are water, roads and the economy.
       Asked where he stood on taxes, Gloriod observed that El Paso County is “almost the lowest taxed county in the country” and that may have to change to continue providing adequate government services. As an example, he noted his involvement in the Pikes Peak Transportation Coalition, a group of citizens that has worked with government officials to develop a list of roadwork needs and proposed a sales tax increase to fund them.
       “We have to pay for what we get,” said Gloriod, a retired Army colonel who owns a real-estate business with his wife, Becky, in the Cheyenne area. “”Right now we're not paying enough.”
       He added that a sales tax is a better route to cover added costs because “40 percent of the sales tax is paid by tourists.”
        This is Gloriod's first run for public office, but he said his experience as a military officer - figuring out “ways to do what's best for my people” despite frequent hurdles - would put him in good stead as a county commissioner.
       Gloriod said after the meeting he has no other appearances planned in the immediate future, but is doing a lot of door-to-door campaigning.
       Sallie Clark's Repub-lican Stampede Fundraiser is scheduled Saturday, July 17 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Powers Ranch at 5 Marksheffel Road. Clark is the other District 3 commissioner candidate. The event will include food and music. For reservations, call 471-4023.
        Clark has also scheduled the third in a series of “Sundae with Sallie” events Sunday, July 18. The gathering, to which registered Republican voters are invited to come and meet the candidate and eat ice cream, will be at Bear Creek Regional Park, in the pavilion east of 21st Street next to the soccer fields.
       Also in the Clark campaign, El Paso County Commissioner Jeri Howells announced July 12 that she has endorsed Clark. Howells has served on the County Commission for 15 ˝ years representing District 4, which encompasses southeastern El Paso County. “My decision to endorse Sallie Clark for the office of El Paso County Commissioner, is based on our shared philosophical and conservative values,” Howells said in a prepared statement. “Sallie is an advocate for the people when it comes to open and accountable government.”
        Clark and Gloriod will face off for the Republican nomination in the Aug. 10 primary. The Democrats have not put up a candidate.

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