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Uehling to run as Democrat for assessor

Fred Uehling has filed the necessary paperwork and announced his intent to run under the Democratic banner for Archuleta County Assessor.

“I’m running because I think I’m qualified to run for the position based on my background, which is extensive in accounting and auditing,” Uehling said.

Uehling served as a federal auditor for 27 years, 22 of which were with the Department of Health and Human Services. After moving to Pagosa Springs in 2003, Uehling worked at H&R Block, then opened his own CPA firm two years ago.

In addition to his auditing and accounting experience, Uehling said he’s taken a number of continuing education courses involving assessing, including site analysis and evaluation, cost approach, sales approach, income approach and mass appraisal of residential property.

“I’ve also had extensive, difficult relationships as an auditor with auditees,” he said, experiences he believes further qualify him to deal with clients in his possible new role, he said.

Uehling lists four main areas or issues he hopes to tackle if elected: making sure residential and commercial assessments are fair and consistent, keeping assessing staff qualified through continuing education and specialized training, establishing and maintaining good communication between the assessor’s office and other, necessary county offices and, lastly, ensuring that staff be treated fairly and consistently.