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Francone takes over as District 3 county commissioner

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By Deborah Swearingen

In a formal swearing-in ceremony, Tina Francone last week officially replaced former Commissioner Don Rosier on the Jeffco Board of County Commissioners.

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Friends, family members, Jeffco employees and an assortment of politicians packed the hearing room in the county building for the Feb. 6 event.

Francone now represents District 3, which covers the southern part of Jefferson County, including Littleton, Ken Caryl, Morrison, Conifer and part of Evergreen. Francone, a Littleton resident and Republican, comes to Jeffco from the Regional Transportation District, where she was a director. She has a son who attends Columbine High School; is a senior firearms instructor at her company, Straightforward Shooting; and is active in the Columbine Hills Civic Association.

Francone will work with Commissioners Libby Szabo and Casey Tighe to evaluate development, establish the property tax rate and adopt the county’s budget.

“For more than 190,000 residents of unincorporated Jefferson County, we are the closest thing they have to a mayor or a city council,” Szabo said. “The area around Southwest Plaza, if incorporated, would be as large or larger than the largest city in Jeffco, which is Lakewood.”

Francone believes in limited government and said, among other things, she plans to focus on prioritizing the budget, reducing regulation and continuing to be a good steward of taxpayer money. She said she sees it as her responsibility to “keep Jeffco great” and encourages community members to come forward with comments and concerns.

“I hope you’ll continue to call and e-mail me or just stop me in King Soopers and let me know what you’re thinking,” Francone told the crowd at the ceremony. “I love it when my phone is ringing because it lets me know that you’re interested, that you’re engaged, that you understand and you care about what your county commissioners are doing for you.”

“Tina, you are in store for something,” Szabo told Francone during the ceremony.

“Let’s go,” Francone replied with a smile.

Because Rosier, a Republican, stepped down to take a new position, it was up to the Jefferson County Republican Party to fill his seat. Francone will be the Republican candidate for the District 3 county commissioner seat in the 2018 election. Democrat Lesley Dahlkemper also has announced her candidacy.

Contact reporter Deborah Swearingen at dswearingen@evergreenco.com or 303-350-1042.