Skarlatos says statement at candidate forum has been mischaracterized

September 21, 2018


It didn’t take long this week for Facebook to start humming about a comment Douglas County commissioner candidate Alek Skarlatos made at a Tuesday candidate forum sponsored by the Douglas County Realtor’s Association.

People said he indicated he doesn’t want to be a commissioner, but Skarlatos told The News-Review Friday that’s not what he meant.

Douglas County Commissioner Tim Freeman even alluded to the comment, without naming names, at a Wednesday commissioner meeting before asking Interim Commissioner Christine Goodwin directly if she wanted to serve as commissioner.

Skarlatos put his statement in context Friday.

“All I said was I don’t want to be a commissioner, but the fact is our county is facing a lot of different issues, and I feel like I’m the best person to solve it. So I’m running because I want to solve those issues, not because I want to be a politician or further my own political career, or something like that. Because let’s be honest, who really wants to get in politics, especially these days?” he said.

That was the point he was making, he said, not that he didn’t want to be a commissioner.

Skarlatos also posted a statement on Facebook this week, assuring voters he does want the commissioner job.

Skarlatos is one of eight candidates in the November election to fill the seat formerly held by Gary Leif, who left to become an interim state representative for House District 2. The winner of the commissioner election will take over from Goodwin in January.

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