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A big thank you to all the elected officials and peace officers who have endorsed my campaign to be the next Park County Sheriff.   I am honored and humbled by your trust and confidence in me.

Doug Lamborn – United States Congressman, Colorado Congressional District 5

Shane Heap - Elbert County Sheriff

Leni Walker - Former Park County Commissioner

Paul Ottmer - Former Park County Sheriff 

Delbert Ewoldt - Former Sheriff of both Summit and Sedgwick Counties

Bob Balink - Past Chairman for Colorado Congressional District (CD5), former Colorado GOP Treasurer; Elected El Paso County (CO) Clerk & Recorder (2002 & 2006) Treasurer (2010-2014).

Brian Brady - former Dillon Colorado Chief of Police

Jim Winchester - former Federal Prosecutor

Connie Whitson Waldrop – Breckenridge CO, Summit County Sheriff’s Office

— Elected Officials and Peace Officers

Dear friends and neighbors,
In a short time, you will be making a very important decision, regarding your next Sheriff. 

Following Monte’s announcement of his candidacy, I have seen the copy-cat statements of goals, the very similar websites,  and the overstatement of qualifications by other candidates.  Do not be fooled. I promoted from Sergeant to Sheriff years ago, but Park County and this Office have become much more complex since then.

You have been given the opportunity to select from one qualified candidate, Monte Gore, or one of the many who are eager and full of promise, but who have been unable to promote to a level to acquire the necessary skills and experience for this important office.

Monte has the education, training, knowledge and broad skill set that are often only found in a more urban area.  Monte has served in multiple agencies, in rural and urban communities, working his way up the ranks with experience all the way from Patrol Deputy to Undersheriff.  He has consistently been recognized as outstanding among his peers and within his profession.

I have known Monte for 28 years, in both a personal and professional capacity.  Monte is an honest and caring family man, a man of integrity, and a consummate professional.  He treats others with respect.  He holds himself and others to a high standard, with kindness. 

He is well-respected by his peers, and has consistently continued to develop his knowledge and experience.  His counsel is sought by others.  Monte is well-known and many consider him a friend. 

Monte is a Colorado native.  He has demonstrated a love of Park County and a commitment to it’s people, choosing to live in this County for 30 years and invest his time and energy here.   He is committed to keeping Park County safe- raising his family here, developing resources here.  He is the right Sheriff for Park County!

Paul Ottmer
Park County Sheriff, Retired — Paul Ottmer, Park County Sheriff, Retired

As the former candidate for District Attorney for Park County, I endorse Monte Gore for Sheriff. My experience with Monte Gore gives me a unique perspective into his character and professionalism worthy of my early endorsement, particularly in contrast and comparison to the other candidate's record. My status as a former resident of Park County, gives me the freedom to speak my mind openly and honestly without fear of retribution or expectation of any benefit. Do you want a sheriff that stands up for Park County or one that lets Canon City dictate your lack of resources? Monte Gore is the only candidate that advocated for Park County, when Canon City took your law enforcement resources away. The other candidate was unwilling to stand up to the corruption. The missing resources are not just police dollars or personnel, jails or cop cars. It has a little to do with money, but more to do with failed leadership. As a result, you are missing deputy district attorneys. You are missing investigators. You are missing truthful communication processes from the DA to the Sheriff. Everyone from the Coroner to the Sheriff in Law enforcement is missing resources that never should have been conceded to Canon City without a fight. Who should raise these issues? Only Under Sheriff Monte Gore had the spine. Only Under Sheriff Monte Gore showed up to the myriad of after-hours political meetings to advocate for Park County. With Monte Gore at the helm, I am certain, absolutely certain, Park County will recoup more of its fair share of resources, and maintain a professional police service. With restored communications, the police will learn better practices and regain confidence in the system that is so broken now. Stop paying for Canon City's corruption. This vote is about restoring the balance and recouping more of the services you pay for. If your home is where your heart is, and Park County is your home, Monte Gore is your only choice. — Dagna Van Der Jagt

As a former resident of Park County, and husband of the former candidate for district attorney Dagna Van Der Jagt, I have known Monte Gore for many years and come to appreciate his integrity, loyalty, resourcefulness, maturity and perseverance through thick and thin. You can trust Monte Gore as I do, wholeheartedly. This is why I endorse Monte Gore as the new Sheriff in town. — Grant Van Der Jagt

I have known Monte on both a personal and professional level for a decade. Monte was instrumental to a group of law enforcement professionals that performed jail audits around the State. His knowledge regarding jail operations was incredibly valuable for my Office and benefits us to this day. I know Monte to be a man of honor and integrity; and a man that truly understands the complex workings of a Sheriff’s Office. Monte Gore is an excellent choice for Park County Sheriff. Sheriff Shayne Heap — Shayne Heap

(Re-posted from Facebook Monte Gore for Sheriff)

This is the county where it was my honor to serve as a trusted journalist. For any who do not know the long-term background on this, it may be one of the more quietly significant sheriff races in the country. Even if you are not from there, this is why you should follow it.
The Park County Sheriff’s Office patrols one of the more significant stretches of highway for immigration and drug trafficking control in the southwest. It provides law enforcement for over 1,600 square miles of public land with a small force. It’s jail has a disproportionate role in commercial corrections and federal imprisonment—also related to its location—and former Undersheriff Gore was almost single-handedly responsible for a successful transition from a commercial facility to a civil facility over 17 years ago.
Sheriff Wegener is an institution in both the county and the state. He has served his county well in many ways, and had to make choices nobody should have to—but it comes with the job. He has also drawn controversy on numerous occasions, and has sometimes allowed dogmatism about his role to affect his better judgment. He has been ruthless in his campaigning, and I must acknowledge bias saying he actively uses his official authority to exact retribution against opposition.
Undersheriff Gore was supportive of Sheriff Wegener and loyal as a subordinate in every observable way, even as he worked tirelessly to maintain ethical practices in all under his own influence. He was trusted and respected by citizens, and even inmates trusted his fairness and justice when he ran the jail.
He will need all the help and support he can get because this is a Primary Election challenge in a predominantly Republican county, where his opponent commands a lot of power. Supporters cannot wait for the general election season to voice their support.Add your endorsement here

— John Stone

My wife and I knew Monte and Bobbie for many years that we lived in South Park, moving out in 2015. As a retired attorney with the Department of Justice, I have seen a lot of law enforcement agents and officers, and Monte ranks well compared to any of them. Integrity is the most important quality in a Sheriff, because everyone wants equal justice under the law. He is the best candidate for Sheriff that Park County has had in decades.

— James Winchester

I had the privilege of working with Monte Gore for eight years. During that time, I had the opportunity to observe him in a variety of situations. These situations included but are not limited to everything from very stressful situations; crisis situations; analytical situations; presentation situations; and everything in between. Monte was always calm, professional and methodical. I never knew him to make a rash decision. His actions were based upon factual information. When asked a question, he spoke to the truth of the matter. If he didn’t know an answer to a question, rather than make up an answer, he indicated that he didn’t know the answer and would make every attempt at research to arrive at the right answer. Monte also demonstrated a keen sense of understanding concerning Park County’s budget and how to make the best use of the funds available. In short, Monte Gore is a man of integrity and knowledge and I am happy to support him for the Office of Sheriff. — Leni Walker

I have found Monte to be intelligent, respectful and capable. With all of his experience i think he is the man for the job

— John Hutch

Monte Will show you how A Real Sheriff is supposed to act Monte does not put on a act , He is Real..

— Alan Taylor

As Chairman of the 5th Congressional District (several years ago) I had the opportunity to meet many great public servants and American Patriots, including Monte Gore. I wholeheartedly endorse Monte Gore for Sheriff who, I am confident, will continue to serve Park County residents with the highest degree of integrity. Bob Balink — Bob Balink

I endorse Monte Gore for Sheriff, Park County — Mary J. Beasley

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