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Commissioner, District 2
Amy Lathen, Vice Chair

Commissioner Amy Lathen District 2

Born in Denver in 1967, Amy settled in Colorado Springs with her family in 1984, after living for 14 years in a small farming community in Nebraska. After graduating from Rampart High School, Amy enrolled in college at UCCS and earned her BA in Psychology in 1992. Amy married her husband, Bob, in 1992 and they have three children. Amy and her family enjoy camping, fishing and many other outdoor activities. She also enjoys recreational shooting and hopes to become an NRA-certified instructor in order to help others become more comfortable with and empowered through responsible firearm use.

Amy worked for Focus on the Family before choosing to return home full-time to raise her children. In January 2005, she went to work for The Elevation Group – a consulting company serving non-profit organizations across the United States. Amy was instrumental in working with senior consultants and client services on everything from marketing to grant writing, as well as handling all office administration duties.

Amy made her debut politically in the year 2000. While the nation was divided over who should be our next president, she worked diligently on behalf of George Bush's campaign. Her hard work and dedication ultimately paid off when Mr. Bush was elected as President of the United States. In 2001, Amy was elected as a bonus member to the El Paso County Republican Party Executive Committee, an office she held for twelve years having been elected to six consecutive terms and now continuing service in a seventh term as a peer-selected representative of county elected officials.

Amy has served the Republican Party and community in many ways over the years, including: Lincoln Day Dinner and Auction Chair, Co-Chair for Governor Bill Owens' re-election campaign, Phone Bank Manager for the re-election of Senator Wayne Allard, Regional Director for Bush/Cheney 2004, Auction Chair for the Life Network Gala, three-year President of the Cheyenne Mountain Republican Forum, Vice-President of the Leadership Program of the Rockies, Class of 2007 participant (an intensive program focused on Constitutional, free market, capitalism and Founders' studies), Panel Member of the Pikes Peak Firearms Coalition Political Action Committee, Pikes Peak Range Rider Foundation Board and Vice-Chair of the Citizen Outreach Group of El Paso County. For these efforts and many others, Amy was recognized as "Republican Volunteer of the Year" for 2003. On January 12, 2004, Governor Bill Owens appointed Amy to the 4th Judicial Nomination Commission – a commission tasked with reviewing and selecting judicial applicants for presentation to the Governor. Amy actively and fully completed this six-year appointment ending on December 31, 2009.

After studying El Paso County government for 18 months – in addition to significant encouragement from family, friends and local leaders, and a prominent concern that her district’s voice was not being fully represented – Amy filed her candidacy for County Commissioner in March of 2007. Amy’s wealth of experience, proven effectiveness and strong, conservative leadership skills created a solid foundation as she worked to earn the respect and trust of the citizens of District 2.

Believing in strong public safety, responsible and intelligent growth, and the importance of respectful public representation, Amy was elected during the vacancy election in January 2008 to serve the residents of Commissioner District 2. She was then elected overwhelmingly in the general election of 2008 to begin her first term in office and was reelected overwhelmingly once again in 2012.

Since taking office in 2008, Amy’s leadership abilities have been demonstrably recognized by her peers as she has served as Third Commissioner, Vice-Chair and Chair for five out of her ongoing six years on the Board. Amy has also been a “Making Democracy Work” Award nominee by the League of Women Voters and has been named among the 2011 “Women of Influence” by the Colorado Springs Business Journal.

Amy serves as member or liaison to more than 15 offices, departments and agencies -including the Highway Advisory Commission and the El Paso County Public Board of Health. She was named the Chair of the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority in January 2014. She has also received certification from the National Emergency Management Institute in the Integrated Emergency Management Course: All Hazards-Preparedness and Response.

One of Amy’s greatest priorities in office has been to improve the El Paso County Land Development Code in order to solidly protect private property rights and create a better environment for business throughout the county, while focusing on excellence in citizen service. As a result of her advocacy and in partnership with the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, (now the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance) Amy founded the Barriers to Business group, a citizen collaboration tasked with making recommendations on significant code improvements and other business-friendly initiatives throughout the region.

Amy also founded the El Paso County Groundwater Quality Study group, tasked with providing sound data assessing the quality of groundwater in El Paso County to assist in county-wide policy formation; the SMART options initiative (Stable, Market-Driven, Alternative, Retirement Transition), a Federal initiative which seeks to allow local governments throughout the nation to consider replacement retirement plans contemplating private sector, defined contribution retirement plans in lieu of their existing participation in the Social Security system; was a co-founder of the Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Complex, a one of a kind partnership with the military providing range services to law enforcement, military members and the general public; and collaborated with City and Utilities representatives to restart Stormwater discussions, co-hosting a Regional Stormwater Summit in late 2012 and leading efforts on the newly formed citizen Stormwater Taskforce/Steering Committee, working to address and provide options for regional Stormwater management.

Amy has increased the amount of Road and Bridge dollars coming into District 2 through reprioritization of existing dollars and has been instrumental in reducing spending and the overall size and scope of El Paso County government. Amy’s desire to be a voice for her constituents and to serve them with conviction, strength and respect drive her to excel each day.

Commissioner Lathen can be reached at:

200 South Cascade Avenue, Suite 100, Colorado Springs, CO 80903-2202

Phone:  (719)  520-6412

Fax:      (719)  520-6397

Email:  amylathen@elpasoco.com

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