Commissioner Candidate Lark House Fogel:
Current Commissioners "Unamerican."
By William C. Thomas
The Democratic Candidate for County Commissioner
District 3, Lark House Fogel, is disgusted at the behavior of
the current Board of County Commissioners and has
thrown her hat in the ring because "these guys have
completely forgotten they swore to uphold the
An attorney licensed to practice in Texas and Colorado,
Fogel, who has offices in Kiowa and El Paso, TX, is
outraged that the BOCC would accuse "a man who merely
wanted information a terrorist." If it was merely Mr.
Schlegel who was doing the accusing, she wonders, "why
was the District Three Commissioner, (John Shipper),
outside the Courthouse instead of inside asserting that
Schlegel was acting alone?"
Fogel, who grew up in El Paso, Texas, where her parents
still live, graduated from the University of Colorado at
Denver in 1984 with a degree in Political Science and
from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1988.
After practicing in Texas for ten years, she returned to
Colorado and moved to Elizabeth in 2005. She now lives
on 74 acres east of Kiowa. She became a Democrat when
she was 25.
"I am not a political activist," she remarks, "and my
practice is busy, but when I learned there was no
Democratic candidate in the Third District and I found out
that the Commissioners wanted a journalist to adjust her
reporting to favor them, I knew I'd better step in. It's
UnAmerican what they're doing and a violation of the First
In her approach to County governance, Fogel's views
could match that of many Republicans. She believes in
fiscal conservatism: "that's just smart;" but she is not
averse to offering tax incentives to businesses that want to
set up in Elbert County. She is not interested in continuing
to pay people who promise business that hasn't
In terms of transparency, Fogel believes that County
records, even Court records, "are public records," except
in cases of confidentiality, for instance, involving children,
but that "the amounts the County pays for judgments
should be available," and that the County Attorney should
work to avoid lawsuits. "If there is something done
improperly, the it should be corrected before a lawsuit."
Fogel could not understand "how the water district (Elbert
and Hwy 86) vote even came to be considered" by the
BOCC, or the terms it tied them to. "Why didn't they look at
it? Does it take an entire county to tell them not to do
something they shouldn't have done in the first place?"
Her taxes, she believes, should go to "bettering and
enhancing our quality of life:" schools, roads, emergency
services, and policing, "not in calling a Vietnam vet a
In terms of property rights, Fogel asks, "Are you creating
an endangerment to your neighbors or the future? If not, a
property ordinance should be designed to enhance the
property; not to limit or interfere with the property owner."
In terms of serving the public: "A County Commissioner
represents everyone and should speak with everyone.
There should be no snubbing; no adjusting of stories to
make me look better. If I disagree with the Press, I'll make
sure I talk with the Press; not shut them out."
Fogel's son, Leo, is working on his Master's degree in
Mathematics Education at the University of Nebraska. Her
daughter, Beth, is a sophomore at Elizabeth High School.
Her spouse, Janine Gerovski, with whom Fogel has been
since 1998, is an insurance underwriter.