Gonzalez, Vigil running for county commissioner
Last updated 10/2/2020 at 9:35am
Name: Longinos Gonzalez Jr.
Brief work history/related experience/ military service? I am an Air Force Academy graduate who served our country for 20 years as an AF intelligence officer, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2012. I was a middle school science teacher with HSD2 prior to being elected County Commissioner 4 years ago.
Family info.: Single, no family.
How long have you lived in your district? I returned to Colorado Springs in 2012 after retiring from the AF and have lived in the district for 8 years.
Other related experience/involvement? I am the Vice-Chair of the Board of County Commissioners, a member of the Colorado Board of Veterans Affairs, Chair of the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority, and on the County Board of Health, among other committees. I volunteer with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), serving on their board of directors, and am a lector and volunteer Sunday school teacher at my church. I regularly volunteer as a speaker at local schools and clubs, discussing civics or heritage.
What issues do you feel are most important to the citizens in your district right now? And what would be your approach in dealing with them? Jobs and economic recovery from COVID have become a great concern for residents. I have been working diligently to support our residents return to work and helping our small businesses recover. I've voted to utilize CARES Act funds on grants and workforce center programs to aid in this recovery, reopen our businesses and schools and support our families geting back to work. Additionally, I will continue to prioritize our infrastructure and roads, public safety and water issues as these continue to be the areas most highlighted to me by residents. I continue to work with the Air Force to address the PFOS/PFOA contamination of our aquifer, and will continue to work with all stakeholders to ensure the Department of Defense properly funds the clean-up.
Please sum up "who you are" to the voters in a brief comment, and why you are running? I am a candidate who believes in integrity and values, that cares about our community and who works to ensure your concerns are addressed. I am a conservative that believes in transparent and limited government that listens to its residents and works for the people. I am running because I believe in giving back to our community and have the relevant experience and background (military, business, teaching, government) to best represent the needs of our wonderful region.
How can voters contact you?
Email: [email protected]
Name: Andre Vigil
Brief work history/related experience/ military service? Over the past 38 years I have worked with NASA contracts, for the armed forces and private industries utilizing my mechanical, electrical and civil engineering background. In the last 18 years I've been working as a Colorado State Licensed Journeyman, Electrician with El Paso County Facilities Management at the Criminal Justice Center, Citizen Service Center, and all other County Buildings. I'm also a small business owner of AV Custom Constructions LLC. Specializing in Ornamental Iron/Art.
Family info (spouse, kids, etc.): I am married to a beautiful wife and person. I have one daughter whom is married to an airman (Air Force), and one grand-child. I have one son who is a deputy of the Sheriffs office.
How long have you lived in your District? Since 1969.
Other related/involvement? (political service, organizations, efforts, committees, volunteerism, church, etc.): Graduate of Fountain Fort Carson High School in 1975. Graduate of IBEW # 113. El Paso County Sheriff's Office Citizens Academy, in 2005. El Paso County Citizens College 2007.
What issues do you feel are most important to the citizens in your district right now? And what would be your approach in dealing with them? COVID-19: With Cares Act funds there are many great projects in process that will ensure staff and public safety. What I would like to see is that these changes be permanent and then improve on them.
Please sum up "who you are" to the voters in a brief comment, and why you are running: I'm a true believer of peoples' rights. I will represent District 4 and the interest of El Paso County. I will always be: Active, Engaged, and Committed to the citizens. I will be your full-time commissioner, not your part time one. My choice to run for office is my belief that Citizens are FIRST. Accountability of all elected officials. Budget fiscal responsibility.
How can the voters contact you?