election 2017

Nancy Ford - Arvada City Council District 1 candidate

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Nancy Ford has lived in Arvada since April 2008. She is an educator and self-employed market researcher who was elected to District 1 in 2015.

She has a bachelor’s degree in educational background, a master’s in design merchandising and consumer sciences and a PhD in interdisciplinary (marketing, statistics and textiles/apparel).

Contact: 303-325-3153

Campaign website: www.nancyfordforarvada.com

Why do you want to serve on council?

Arvada is developing rapidly and experiencing demographic changes. I am an analytical and creative thinker with varied life and work experiences. I believe this benefits council’s leadership and decision-making. As Arvada continues to grow, I would like to ensure that new growth complements Arvada’s past while meeting the city’s changing needs. I believe in sustainable growth that enables proper maintenance of Arvada’s infrastructure while supporting economic prosperity and overall well-being for Arvada’s residents.

Your top three priorities if elected?

My top three priorities include working towards (a) greater transparency, (b) effective and wide-ranging communication methodologies to obtain more resident feedback, and (c) greater efficiency and effectiveness of our land development code to meet residential and business needs today and in the future.

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

I am in favor of the role the city has taken regarding homelessness. The police department and city leaders have received education about this difficult and complex issue and will continue to be updated as necessary. The city is collaboratively working with Jefferson County, its regional neighbors, in addition to the faith-based community, nonprofits and other appropriate organizations. Under the direction of city council, a large interdepartmental city employee team has been working on implementing a severe weather shelter network. Ultimately, limiting the factors that create homelessness are worthy goals to work towards.

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

I neither approve nor disapprove of the city and AURA’s handling of redevelopment. It should all be weighed against Arvada’s vision of what it wants to be. Worthy topics for community discussion should include the economics, aesthetics and overall effects of these redevelopments on Arvada. Regardless of the structure of the AURA board, community volunteers versus elected officials, I would like to see greater transparency among AURA, city leaders and residents concerning future AURA redevelopments.

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