Lora Thomas is a third-generation Coloradan who grew up in Denver. Her life story is about overcoming personal challenges as a single mother, and extraordinary career achievements serving in the Colorado State Patrol and as Douglas County Coroner. Lora is the conservative candidate who does not just talk the talk, but walks the walk when it comes to cutting government spending and reducing the size of government. As Douglas County Commissioner she will bring leadership, valuable life lessons and conservative values to the office, and her door will always be open to listen and learn from all Douglas County residents.
Experience Cutting Government Spending and Shrinking Government
Many candidates for public office make promises to “hold the line” or cut government spending, but very few actually deliver. Lora is one of the few candidates who can honestly say that she not only “held the line” on Douglas County government spending, she actually cut it. While serving as Douglas County Coroner from 2011 to 2015, Lora slashed her annual budget by 33%, even as her caseload increased by 45%. Through her commitment to fiscal responsibility, Lora returned $1,485,448 to Douglas County taxpayers over her four-year term.
A Problem Solver with Zero Tolerance of Waste, Fraud and Abuse in Government
While serving as the Douglas County Coroner, Lora discovered guns and prescription medications that were in the possession of the Coroner’s Office had been stolen. She reported the theft to law enforcement, and a former employee was eventually convicted. Lora built a secure evidence room and established policies to prevent further theft.
First Woman Captain and Major in the Colorado State Patrol
Lora spent 26 years serving with the Colorado State Patrol, starting as a dispatcher and continuously earning promotions to higher positions of management with greater responsibility and authority. She progressed through the ranks from trooper to sergeant, and went on to become the first female captain and then major in the history of the Colorado State Patrol. During her career she was assigned to several duty posts throughout the state including Castle Rock, Lamar, Golden, Limon, Durango and Denver Headquarters.
Lora makes her decisions based on her support of the Constitution and core Christian values.
- Strong supporter of the Second Amendment
- Lifetime member of the NRA
- Colorado Shooting Association, Member
- Pikes Peak Firearms Coalition, Member
- St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Member
- Supports Life
Lora’s Leadership Experience
Throughout her life, Lora has a consistent record of being appointed, elected or assuming leadership positions.
- Board member: Colorado Coroner’s Association
- Legislative Committee, Colorado Coroner’s Association
- Command Staff: Colorado State Patrol
- First woman Captain and Major in the history of the State Patrol
- Chairwoman: North Central All-Hazards Region (Appointed by Gov. Bill Owens in 2002)
- Team Leader: New Century Colorado (Gov. Owens initiative to reduce cost of government)
- President: Western Colorado Peace Officers Association
- Vice President: Northwestern University, School of Police Staff and Command
- Denver Summit of the Eight (1 of 2 State Patrol Captains assigned to assist Denver PD with security and transport of world leaders)
Lora’s Education and Management Experience
In addition to her experience managing government budgets, Lora holds a Criminal Justice degree from Arapahoe Community College as well as MBA and Finance degrees from Regis University. She is also a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, Leadership Douglas County and the Leadership Program of the Rockies. Lora was also an Arapahoe Community College adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice Program.
Lora’s History of Community Service to Douglas County
Lora volunteers her time and talents to community organizations to improve the quality of life for others, which improves all of our communities in Douglas County.
- Board member: Men’s Crisis Connection, Castle Rock
- Member: Douglas-Arapahoe Suicide Prevention Alliance
- Volunteer: T.A.P.S. Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, caring for the families of fallen military hereos.
- Chairwoman: Victim Compensation Board, 18th Judicial District
- President: A Night With the Coroner, 501 (C) 3 organization
- Speaker to students and groups about work of the coroner, law enforcement and perseverance.
- Room mother: Castle Rock, South and Rock Ridge Elementary Schools
Lora’s Family and Living in Douglas County
Douglas County’s extraordinary quality of life and natural beauty always appealed to Lora, and when she was assigned as a State Patrol Major in Durango, she bought her home in Highlands Ranch in 1999. It was time, after having lived in locations assigned by the State Patrol over the years, to settle down in Douglas County which was the community of her choosing. Lora is a mother and grandmother.