Jan 21, 2010 6:21 PM by Andy Koen
The man campaigning to be the next sheriff from El Paso County says he wants to put more feet on the ground without raising taxes.
Todd Evans, a Republican and former lieutenant with the sheriff's office, officially announced his bid for office on Thursday.
Evans believes that budget decisions can be made within the department that increase the number of deputies on the streets without asking voters for money.
"Right now is not the time to go out and ask the tax payers for more," Evans said.
Calling on his experiences as vice president of project development for Infinity Land Company and as security director for Colorado Springs Christian Schools, Evans says he's no stranger to tight budgets and that he's prepared make tough decisions.
"It's cutting any of the fluff, it's sitting down and looking and saying okay what's our priorities, and right now in our community our priority is getting people on the streets."
During his speech, Evans also said he does not have long term aspirations to be a "career politician," a position that he says will benefit him if elected.
"If your not aspiring to be a higher level politician, it's a little easier that you don't have to make decisions to please somebody else."
Evans said he began planning a run for office nearly a year ago and that he was just as surprised as everyone else when Sheriff Terry Maketa announced on Wednesday that he would not to seek a third term.
Evans said he was fully prepared to take on the incumbent sheriff in a race to capture the Republican primary.
"Going into a third term, it's very difficult to contain or bring fresh things with inside the office," said of running against his former boss.
Evans is currently the lone candidate campaigning in the sheriff's race. However, Maketa suggested Thursday that an unnamed member of his command staff may be interested in running as well.
No candidates have emerged from the Democratic Party, but county chairman Jason DeGroot said on Wednesday that he expects there to be more interest now that the incumbent is not seeking re-election.