Candidate cites U.S. Constitution
 as guiding principle

The race next year to replace the term-limited Barbara Brewer as Mesa County Assessor now includes appraiser Steve Henderson, who will be seeking the job as the candidate of the American Constitution Party.

The other candidate in the race is Republican real estate professional Ken Brownlee, who announced his candidacy back in August.

Henderson’s platform — as evidenced by his website at — stresses fair valuation and an “equitable treatment of all taxpayers.”

“It doesn’t matter if you choose to hire a team of highly paid lawyers to represent your billion-dollar enterprise or if you represent yourself on your humble ranch-style residence, every taxpayer will be treated with the same fairness and respect,” Henderson writes on his site.

In a time of tight budgets, Henderson will likely be charged with having to do the work of the assessor with shrinking funds and staffs, should he be elected to the job.

“When resources are scarce, the skilled assessor learns to do more with less: efficient use of resources is crucial to correctly doing the job, even in a climate of budget cuts,” he writes, adding that he’d look to advanced technology, job-sharing programs and internships as a way to run the office more efficiently.

In a section about the American Constitution Party — which is classified as a third major party in Colorado, because previous ACP gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo received so many votes in the 2010 election — Henderson’s website leads with the phrase, “Less Democrat. Less Republican. More Constitution.”

“This is what separates the American Constitution Party from the others: we haven’t forgotten what our job is. Our elected officials weren’t meant to rule over its citizenry, to govern us like kings: they were meant to represent us,” the site reads.


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