David Jones, candidate for Arvada City Council District 4

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Profession: CEO of Sonsio, LLC

Neighborhood: Leyden Rock

Contact: davidforarvada.com or davidforarvada@gmail.com

Why are you seeking this office?

I am seeking reelection because I am committed to ensuring Arvada is a stronger city, a closer community and a safer place to live and raise families. City Council has begun critical work in addressing road conditions, traffic congestion, and connecting Arvada residents to already available City programs and services. I’d like to encourage all residents of Arvada to invest in their community and Speak up, Pitch In, and Reach Out!

What makes you the best person for the job?

I’ve had a variety of leadership experiences from being the CEO of a successful Arvada business and on various nonprofit boards. I’ve invested a lot into Arvada personally and professionally and have spent the last four years working for the people on issues important to them. I’ve worked hard to be available to residents with open town hall meetings, lots of phone calls and attending community gatherings across our great city.

What are your top three priorities if elected?

Supporting our infrastructure with all the recent growth, including our roads; Providing more diverse housing options, especially for seniors and working families; Continuing to address homelessness and food poverty.

Section 8 funding has not kept pace with demand in Arvada, should other resources be used to create more affordable housing? What, and why?

The Arvada Housing Authority currently has 198 families on the housing waiting list, have issued 69 vouchers and housed 53 families through the Section 8 program in Arvada. City Council is open to exploring every available option to encourage more Section 8 housing inventory, including new development. It is critical that council continue to look for options to encourage a diverse housing stock here in Arvada for this federal program to meet the need.

Are there still blighted areas in Arvada in need of attention from the Urban Renewal Authority? Why, or why not, does the city need these renewal efforts?

Because of the work of AURA, there is not a lot of blight left in Arvada. City Council has directed AURA to work on affordable housing for seniors and families. One location is the K-Mart site on 58th, and a tiny homes community across from Lutz field. I’m not sure what the future is for AURA. Instead I wonder, what can we do today to avoid blight in the future?

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