If you are like many people around the country, you may be really struggling. Based on what I am hearing from my patients and my friends, people are feeling exhausted by the isolation, fearful about what reopening looks like, sad about the loss of physical closeness in our social interactions for the foreseeable future, hopeless about of the state of our economy, and grieved from the loss of friends and family members to COVID-19.
Living in Douglas County at this time is particularly challenging because of the behavior of our elected officials. Instead of feeling as though we can trust and rely on our local elected officials to guide us through this uncharted period in our history, we are left with grave uncertainty about how we will effectively navigate through this pandemic because of their willful ignorance, lack of respect for experts, and manufactured forced choice between prioritizing physical health or economic well-being. As you likely saw all over both the local and national news, the Douglas County GOP actively encouraged the illegal opening of a restaurant in Castle Rock on Mother’s Day. Unfortunately for the well-being of our community, no one wore masks or maintained the recommended physical distancing of at least 6 feet.
This is only one example of the irresponsible behavior and cavalier attitude displayed by our current elected officials. I have yet to hear any acknowledgement of the members of our community who have lost their lives or are facing financial ruin due to medical debt incurred while getting treatment for COVID-19.
I have never felt more certain that we need a serious change in leadership in this county. I really want to encourage each and every one of you to understand just how important local government is in your day-to-day lives. Please, get to know our candidates and either volunteer for a campaign or bring your interests and skills to the Douglas County Dems. Read below to see what YOU can do to help us win these crucial elections!
Here is a list of our 6 local candidates and some of their upcoming events. Their websites are also listed after their names so you can keep track of future events.
County Commissioner Candidates:
Commissioner CANdidates Food Drive
Lisa and Darien are trying to help the people in need in our community by organizing monthly Food Drives. Their first one will be this Wednesday, 5/20/2020 and they need your help. You can volunteer to donate or to help pick up donations from porches around the county. Please sign up by 7pm TONIGHT if you can help.
Virtual Couples’ House Party
Lisa and Darien are having a couples’ house party with a focus on what you love about Douglas County
Town Hall featuring Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser
Check out Lisa’s website at https://www.lisanealgraves.com for details