Jefferson County is my home.

That is why I have worked hard for the past eight years in the Legislature to serve my district and my constituents in Jefferson County. I’ve honed my skills to successfully represent you by being accessible, by bringing people together and by getting things done. Now I would like to bring those skills into the role of Jefferson County Commissioner.

I have deep roots in our community. We moved to JeffCo in 1997. I worked at Family Tree as the Director of Adolescent Services (Gemini House) and the Battered Women’s Shelter (Women in Crisis). I’ve served on the Jefferson Hall Board of Directors, the Arvada Capital Construction Recommendations Committee, ten years on the City of Arvada Human Services Committee and the Jefferson Public Schools District Accountability Committee. I serve on the statewide Behavioral Healthcare Task Force and the statewide Juvenile Justice Prevention Council. I’m a member of the Westminster Chamber of Commerce and the Arvada Chamber of Commerce. I serve on the Arvada Chamber Government Affairs Committee. I am also an active member of the League of Women Voters and past member of Jeffco PTA and Northwest Business Women.

I have served for the past eight years as State Representative for House District 29. As HD 29 State Representative I sponsored a bill to develop the Behavioral Health Crisis System so that every Coloradan has access to mental health services. I made sure that Grandma’s Meatloaf isn’t taxed, supported a program to provide technical assistance and training so that our Vets and low-income folks has the support needed to get a job, helped to detect the direction of our wildfires 12-18 hours ahead of time, and worked to simplify our sales tax system.

I am running for Jefferson County Commissioner to give back to the community that I call home.

I hope to address the growth affecting our communities and ensure that all Jefferson County residents are proud of our community. It’s important that we are addressing home affordability, mental health, homelessness. My expertise in these areas will be beneficial to Jeffco. In addition, my expertise in budgets and financing will be important to Jeffco. 

In these times, the trifecta of COVID 19, economic recovery and racial equity are priorities.  

Three values that have guided my career and help you understand who I am are:

  1. Accessibility-I listen. I host town meetings, community coffees, send out newsletters, meet with constituents and attend community meetings and coalitions;
  2. Find common ground: I work to bring people together for policy for everyone;
  3. Get things done-I don’t just talk talk talk, but I get things done. 

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Paid for by TracyforJeffco, Registered agent Vern Tharp

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