election 2017

Jim Whitfield - Arvada City Council At-Large

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Jim Whitfield has lived in Arvada for 37 years. He has been a managing director at High Country Workplace Technologies for the past 16 years. He also has worked as a geophysicist and computer geoscientist for BP in Houston, Texas. He also serves on the Apex Park and Recreation District, the Colorado Special District Association.

He has a master’s of science in geophysics from the University of Houston and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Colorado School of Mines.

Contact: whitfieldforarvada@gmail.com, 720- 336-9607

Campaign website: www.jim-whitfield.com

Why do you want to serve on council?

I grew up in Arvada, moved away, and then moved my family back because I believe it is one of the best places to work and raise a family. I would like Arvada to retain this quality. I have the experience, skills and desire to help Arvada with its immediate and future issues. I have been encouraged to run for city council by citizens and officials that indicate I have a knack for bringing people together, getting complicated issues resolved, achieving results, and an ability to be quiet and listen.

Your top three priorities?

My top three priorities if elected are to address issues related to growth, road conditions and city services. We need to fix our roads in our eastern half and we need to alleviate our traffic congestion, especially out west. We need to grow our city by taking infrastructure requirements into consideration so we don’t make matters worse. Where necessary we need to establish neighborhood groups so their voice can be heard at city hall. And we need to leverage technology so we can provide “frictionless” services to our residents. This all needs to get accomplished without a sales tax increase.

Arvada’s city road needs are many. How would you approach the problem? 

We need to improve our road capacity in western Arvada and fix the roads and sidewalks in eastern Arvada that are in disrepair. We need to complete our sidewalk and other transportation improvements, especially for the G-line. We need to ensure that we have plans in place to improve infrastructure like roads before or as new developments are approved. The Jefferson Parkway needs to be completed and Indiana Street needs to be expanded. Although Arvada is a stakeholder I see the Parkway as more a regional metro-Denver transportation issue. We need to make these improvements without a sales tax increase.

What should the city’s role be in regards to homelessness?

The city has a primary role to keep the public safe and this remit includes those that are experiencing homelessness. It also includes keeping our parks, roads and public areas safe as well. Homelessness is a problem that extends beyond the city and we all will need to play an important role as we work with nonprofits, faith-based, and other state and federal agencies to help those that are in need. The city will be one of the first points of contact with regard to addressing homelessness issues. However, we must address this issue without a sales tax increase.

Do you approve or disapprove of how the city and partners like AURA have handled city redevelopment of late?

There is no question that AURA has done its job in the areas that have been designated as blighted. Jefferson County, Jeffco Schools and Special Districts will completely benefit from the increased property values once the TIFs expire. Until that time I am concerned our citizens are shouldering an extra burden for some of the associated effects of AURA’s success with the cascading infrastructure and social issues we currently face. I have concerns about some of AURA’s most recent opportunities. If elected, I will be as accountable to the citizens of Arvada as possible for AURA.

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