Adams County Commission District 2: Chaz Tedesco v. James Treibert

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Adams County District 2

Charles “Chaz” Tedesco is running for re-election in Adams County’s 2nd commission district, which includes bits of Thornton, Commerce City and Henderson. His challenger this year is James Treibert, a Unity Party candidate. 

The two candidates are gunning to represent this swath of the north Denver metroplex, which includes major interchanges including Interstates 25, 270 and 76. District 2 also includes the Rocky Mountain Arsenal wildlife refuge.

A Democratic steelworker and union chief, Tedesco first won election for this slice of Adams County in 2013.

His personal journey influenced his work on the county commission. As a child, Tedesco was placed in various foster homes before he landed with a family in Northglenn. He’s now a champion of a county program finding emergency foster care for children. 

Tedesco also sits on many regional and transportation-minded boards and commissions, extending his influence far beyond District 2, including the Airport Coordinating Committee, Aurora Economic Development Board of Directors and Aerotropolis Regional Transit Authority. 

Treibert did not immediately respond to the Sentinel’s candidate questionnaire. On his website, Treibert describes himself as a proponent of “Freedom and Liberty.” Since 2004, he has worked in university libraries including the Anschutz Medical Campus.

In 2018, Treibert ran unsuccessfully for a University of Colorado regent seat. He captured about 4 percent of the vote.

As of July 30, the most recent campaign finance report available, Tedesco raised almost $28,000 for his re-election bid. Treibert has not raised any money.  

Chaz Tedesco candidate questionnaire 

What are the biggest challenges Adams County faces in the next 10 years?

What is your philosophy in how the county should approach local regulation of oil and gas development?

I believe in a balanced energy platform and that we should not be totally reliant upon one energy source. There are significant benefits to having multiple energy resources that meet an ever-changing market. One that I think is under utilized is Geo Thermal.   

What makes you uniquely qualified for this seat?

Being a native of Colorado and growing up in Adams County I am familiar with the history and hurdles we have faced over the years. I have also had the opportunity to live in most of the Municipalities that make up this great County. My roles in the Navy, United Steelworkers, Mechanic, Welder and Plant Operator have all molded the work ethics and leadership skills needed in this job.  

Lighter side questions 

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

To Heal others both emotionally and physically.

What movie will you watch again no matter how many times you’ve seen it?

Star Wars (All)

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Architect

What talent do you have that most people don’t know about?

I make Limoncello.

If you wrote a memoir, what would you call it?

My life as a Foster

What’s your favorite curbside guilty pleasure?

Orange Cream bars

What was the last book you read?

Ravenswood by Tom Juravich & Kate Bronfenbrewer

Have you found any unexpected upsides to wearing a facemask during the pandemic?

It helps with all the smoke and my seasonal allergies.

What’s your favorite family tradition?

Being with the family for Christmas

If you had a boat, what would you name it?

For Sale

If you could only listen to one song forever, what would it be?

The Sound of Silence by Disturbed

Which reality television show do you think you’d be best at?

Survivor

What do you think needs to be invented more than anything?

A reliable hail protectant for my car