Q&A with Joshua Lallement, candidate for Arapahoe County commissioner, District 1

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Party: Libertarian 

Residence: Littleton

Website: www.facebook.com/joshua.lallement

What makes you the best choice for this office?

I am a 33-year-old with a lot of energy and years. I am running to give people a different choice to the Republicans and Democrats. Also to advance the ethics of freedom, that as a beautiful free independent human being, you own yourself and the product of your labor. That it is wrong and counterproductive to use force or coercion against another person or their property except in self-defense, even when done at the hands of government.

If you're elected, what single issue will be at the top of your agenda?

Scrutinize the budget of the sheriff's office. Anything that is a violation of peaceful people's life or property should not be funded by taxes, fines or fees. For examples, the acquisition of military equipment, enforcement of red-flag laws or other victimless crimes. 

If you're elected, what must you accomplish in order for you to consider your term a success?          

Cancel the contract with Tri-County Health Department. An unelected bureaucracy shouldn't use force or coercion against individuals or businesses.

As Arapahoe County and the entire metro area continue to grow in population, what can the county do to ensure housing is more affordable?

Abolish all zoning, abolishing requirements for a drainage report on any formally developed plots of land, for licensed landscape architects or irrigation planners, traffic impact studies, minimum parking, and planting requirements. Also, greatly restructure the building department and fire department codes.

What can the county do to address the ongoing problem of homelessness and ensure that camps aren't merely moved from place to place?

After scrutinizing the sheriff's office's budget to make sure taxes, fines and fees are not used to violate the ethics of freedom of peaceful people or their property, making sure that unelected bureaucrats are not using force or coercion against individuals or businesses and making housing more affordable. Doing these three things will help lead to a reduced and healthier homeless population as well as a more peaceful Arapahoe County. 

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