Why I'm Running

Why Darien is in this race and why this election matters.

Darien and her family

The quality of life in Douglas County is second to none - and I’d like to keep it that way for future generations. As County Commissioner, I will conserve and enhance the qualities that make Douglas County an amazing place to live: our thriving business community, our open spaces and wildlife, our Colorado way of life. A safe community is my first priority.

With my proven track record as a problem solver, successful entrepreneur, and community builder, I’m ready to serve Douglas County.

My Background

Darien's biography, a life of entrepreneurship and building community.

Darien and her family

My parents valued public education and encouraged me to pursue every opportunity. My patriotism and passion for community service were inspired by my dad, a US Navy veteran who left the house before dawn each day to work at Southwestern Bell, and volunteered at night as chair of our local school board.

With five children, my parents couldn't afford college tuition. So, through hard work and determination, I became the valedictorian of my high school, garnering generous scholarships to Southwestern University. I met my husband Joe at Southwestern. I saved a considerable amount of money by graduating college in three years.

When I became a parent, the baby carriers available on the market didn't suit my style. Thanks to a vocational teacher who taught me to sew, I designed beautiful baby carriers that doubled as fashion accessories. I started ZoloWear at my kitchen table and grew it to an internationally known brand. Our slings were always manufactured in the USA. ZoloWear baby carriers were featured on The Today Show and carried by Amazon and in boutiques around the world.

Joe and I sold ZoloWear to finance our next business venture, Volare Systems. We chose to open our business and raise our family in Douglas County due to its strong economy, top-notch schools, beautiful open spaces with trails, and recreational opportunities. Our award-winning software consultancy just celebrated ten years in business. We've delighted many customers, including JeffCo Public Schools and AT&T.

As a mom of three, I dedicate my free time to leading various community groups related to improving educational opportunities in Douglas County. As a small business owner and education advocate, I'm often asked to represent the voice of our community, and I'll continue to do so when making decisions that impact our county's future growth. I value consensus and collaboration, but I'm also willing to be an independent voice to represent our citizens.

What is a County Commissioner?

What a county commissioner does and how they are elected in Douglas County.

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According to Colorado state statute, "The county commissioners are invested with full and sole power to manage the business affairs of the county." The commissioners set the county’s budget priorities and oversee land use, economic development, open space, human services, and more.

In Douglas County, county commissioners must live in their district, but are elected at large.

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