About John Kefalas
My commitment to serving others provides the guidepost for how I live my life: with honesty, integrity, compassion, and humility. I believe that when we work together, the challenges we face as a community can be transformed into opportunities.
Dedicated Public Servant
John Kefalas is a dedicated public servant, working to improve the quality of life for everyone in our community. John’s father, a first-generation Greek immigrant, taught him to work hard, be honest, and serve others. John has spent his entire adult life doing just that: as a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador, a public school teacher and employment counselor, and as a legislator and county commissioner. John is focused on helping often marginalized groups achieve economic security.
Larimer County Commissioner
John was elected to the Larimer County Board of County Commissioners in 2018, residing in District 1. During his time in office, he has prioritized transparency, accountability and access to county services, and has worked with his fellow commissioners and community members to increase economic opportunities and improve the quality of life for everyone in Larimer County.
As a County Commissioner, John has worked hard to:
- Create more affordable housing;
- Explore investments in childcare and early childhood education;
- Protect public and behavioral health;
- Increase access to rural broadband;
- Balance economic development with protecting our communities, clean air and water;
- Promote regional partnership with cities, towns and non-profit agencies;
- Improve public safety.
John served in the Colorado State Legislature from 2007 to 2019, representing House District 52 (2007-2012) and Senate District 14 (2013-2019).
During his time at the legislature, he made significant progress on issues of importance including:
- Restoring the Colorado Earned Income Tax Credit to assist 350,000 working families;
- Creating the Advanced Industries Tax Credit to help Colorado start-up companies succeed;
- Modernizing the Colorado Open Records Act to make state and local government more transparent;
- Helping people with disabilities access jobs, savings programs and health services;
- Making it easier for disabled veterans to qualify for property tax exemptions;
- Promoting telemedicine and other health care innovations;
- Reducing obstacles to disaster relief and rebuilding after the 2013 flood;
- Requiring insurance policies to be written in plain language that consumers can understand;
- Passing laws to fight human trafficking.
Many community organizations recognized John as an outstanding legislator and champion for his constituents, including:
- Champion for Economic Justice, Colorado Center on Law and Policy (2014)
- Colorado Women’s Lobby, 100% Legislative Score (2016)
- Legislative Advocate of the Year, Colorado Consumer Health Initiative (2015)
- Legislative Recognition Award, Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Larimer County (2015)
- Legislator of the Year, Colorado Association of People Supporting Employment First (2016)
- Legislator of the Year, Colorado Nonprofit Association (2016)
- Legislator of the Year, Mental Health Colorado (2016)
- Special Recognition Award-Service to Colorado’s Seniors, Colorado Senior Lobby (2016)
John graduated from Colorado State University in 1978 and then joined the Peace Corps in 1979, serving as an agricultural extension worker in El Salvador. He earned a master’s degree in teaching from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1982 and taught in the Poudre School District. He has also worked as a Larimer County employment counselor, health outreach worker, self-sufficiency advisor, community organizer and public policy advocate. John has served on numerous community boards, and has been involved in local, national and international peace, justice and environmental work for more than 45 years.
John is married to Beth and together they’ve lived in Fort Collins for more than 40 years. Beth worked as the Music and Worship Assistant at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fort Collins and recently retired after 18 years of service. John and Beth have two sons and four grandchildren. Their younger son Tim graduated from Colorado State University in 2008 and lives in Fort Collins with his wife Shayna and daughter Mila. Tim is the defensive coach for the Colorado Summit professional ultimate disc team. John and Beth’s older son Harlan and his wife Tracey have three children: Tobias, Barbara and John. Harlan retired from the United States Army in 2021 after 22 years of military service.