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Hannah Hannah: Republican Candidate for Chaffee BoCC Dist. 1 – by Jan Wondra

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Hannah Hannah: Republican Candidate for Chaffee BoCC Dist. 1 – by Jan Wondra

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Raised on a Ranch, Excessive Sports activities and Then Safety

A dialog with Hannah Hannah, the Republican candidate for the Chaffee Board of County Commissioners District 1 ranges from ranch, to touring the world, to late nights guarding rental properties in questionable areas of metro Denver. It’s this number of background says Hannah that led her to just accept the thought from Chaffee Republican Chair Dave Williams to run for workplace.

“We had been on the Lincoln Dinner. He requested me if I’d ever considered working for workplace and I knew in my coronary heart this was what I’m presupposed to do. I had at all times wished to serve within the army, then came upon girls couldn’t be in fight. I wished to be within the entrance strains. Authorities was meant to be by the folks, for the folks and I really feel that isn’t in existence [now].”

Hannah Hannah, Republican candidate for Chaffee County Commissioner, takes the stand within the Aug. 26 Ladies’s Equality Day occasion in Salida. Dressed equally to Rosie the Riveter. Photograph by Tara Flanagan

Hannah is divorced however stored her married identify due to her two boys. She says that her ranch upbringing is a giant a part of what makes her – her. “The elements which are me, my values come from my upbringing; I used to be born and raised in a ranch home in Monte Vista, CO. I used to be homeschooled for half my education life and grew up on that ranch for nearly 32 years. “We ran 2,000 to three,000 sheep and 750 to 1,000 head of cattle on our 2,000 ranch.”

Like most ranch children, they labored arduous, and when it got here to 4-H they labored more durable. “We teased our mother on how arduous she drove us. We needed to prepare twice a day, out on the morning time, getting our horse prepared. Then within the afternoon… we had been again on the market the afternoon when the horseflies had been gone.”

She left the ranch to attend highschool and received into excessive sports activities. Her dad and mom received her a ski go and she or he started snowboarding together with her homeschool group.“I made a decision then I wished to be knowledgeable and excessive sports activities athlete.” She stated after faculty she moved to Montana and whereas she deliberate to turn out to be an excessive skier, there was this different season – summer season. She ended up changing into an excessive mountain biker.

“I used to be the primary feminine to carry out a backflip on a mountain bike. It drove my profession, I raced for Gary Fisher Mountain Bikes. We traveled the world; I met my boys’ father who continues to be a professional mountain biker. We’re good mates, however we didn’t keep married. The boys and I moved right here to dwell two-and-a-half-years in the past as a result of he’s right here.”

After leaving the racing world, Hannah gravitated to enterprise, beginning her personal jewellery design enterprise, getting an actual property license, and becoming a member of her father in his actual property enterprise close to South Fork. Then she grew to become the social media supervisor for her brother’s enterprise R Investments, which buys distressed properties nationwide (it has a number of in Denver).

“The corporate buys multi-family housing in communities that nobody seems at and creates secure housing. It’s totally built-in, we personal our personal building firm, our personal property administration group and our personal nonprofit.

Hannah stated, “rising up in our household we had been at all times serving to — we function massively on love and respect for our resident purchasers. This, she defined is their time period for people who dwell in locations the place there’s poverty; “these people are our residents, however they’re additionally our purchasers, not simply renters.”

Due to the neighborhoods, Hannah defined, they wanted safety. “That’s how I got here to start out R’Angels, a safety agency that hires ex-felons as guards.”

Hannah described nights sporting physique armor, guarding properties, together with ‘the second most harmful lodge in Aurora’, the place she and her safety folks broke up fights, making an attempt to ensure the gangs and medicines and different ‘heavy points’ didn’t get out of hand. “That property was going to be shut down, and we stepped in arduous and heavy – with love and respect.”

Requested how she did that, she stated they wore bullet-proof vests and carried weapons. The police warned them that they had been getting 1000’s of calls concerning the place. She remembers one evening breaking apart a battle at midnight, and on the identical time folks rolling up with their children in crimson wagons on the lookout for a spot to sleep. “There have been so many experiences there the place folks modified their lives.”

Requested about this setup, which seems to be an prolonged keep lodge, with folks there for months, and whether or not it meets metropolis codes for long-term stays versus 30-day most stays, Hannah stated she solely ran the safety aspect; “I had nothing to do with the town code aspect of issues”.

“The rationale a few of these prolonged keep accommodations exist, the probabilities of these folks with the ability to hire once more by means of a credit score examine course of is low, so these prolonged keep accommodations give them a spot to get again on their ft.”

Hannah says she has a promise for Chaffee households if she is elected. “We’re busy, elevating children, working companies– I say I’ll watch your again, you go run your lives. Even on the native degree, my need is really to deliver authorities again to ‘by the folks and for the folks’ and encourage folks to care once more about native authorities.”


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