As you may have heard, some locals have launched a recall petition against me. They have the support of Americans For Prosperity, a Koch Brothers-funded group that recently started a local chapter here in La Plata County.
As unbelievable as that may seem, the big oil and gas lobby has been attacking me for years for my work for common sense oil and gas regulations. Their latest bogus attacks allege ethics violations and conflicts of interest. Both claims were dispelled through an independent investigation that my fellow commissioners and I requested in the spirit of transparency.
We know they are grasping at straws, but this well-funded and well-orchestrated effort to unseat me is part a national strategy to oust progressive, local elected officials from office.
“…Americans for Prosperity has turned to homing in on smaller communities in an effort to oust progressive elected officials…” Durango Herald, January 29, 2018.
I was elected twice – first in 2012 and most recently in 2016. I’m term-limited. A special election is not only a waste of taxpayer dollars; it is also a subversion of the democratic process.
One of my most vocal opponents – J. Paul Brown – announced on Facebook January 20 that a recall shouldn’t occur, because my opponents can’t defeat me in a regular general election. Once they found out they could have a special election, J. Paul now says he’s 100 percent behind the recall.
Both of my fellow commissioners, Brad Blake (R) and Julie Westendorff (D), have stated on the record (January 31, 2018) that they oppose the recall.
The recall petition falsely states that I have a poor attendance record, that I’ve violated ethics rules and that my interests lie outside of La Plata County. In fact, my attendance record is 91 percent and there were never ethics violations. All three commissioners regularly represent the county in Denver and Washington, DC. Meeting with state and federal-level leaders to advocate for La Plata County interests is part of the job.
Preventing a special election is of utmost importance. Please urge your friends and neighbors not to sign the petition. #Decline2Sign
Please consider making a contribution to my campaign. You can donate online or send a check to: La Plata County for Gwen Lachelt; 555 Rivergate Lane B2-353; Durango, CO 81301.
Let’s fight this together! I’m not willing to let outside interests and outside money take over our county.
Let’s fight this together! I’m not willing to let the Koch Brothers take over our county.