Marc Williams, candidate for mayor of Arvada

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Profession: Attorney

Neighborhood: Forest Springs

Contact: MarcWilliamsforMayor.com or mwilliams@arvadalaw.net

Why are you seeking this office?

It has been my honor and privilege to serve this great city as Mayor these past eight years. I love Arvada, and it has been a wonderful place to raise our children and now enjoy our grandchildren. I believe I have contributed to why Arvada is such a terrific place to live, work, learn and play. I am running for reelection to my final term because there is important work yet to do.

What makes you the best person for the job?

I have a proven track record of leadership at the local, regional and statewide level. Our City Council and team functions well under my leadership. My peers selected me to be President of the Colorado Municipal League and as the current Chair-elect of the Metro Mayors’ Caucus. The regional relationships I have made put Arvada in the best position on regional issues such as transportation, attainable housing, and the homelessness issue.

What are your top three priorities if elected?

  1. I will continue to work locally and regionally on transportation issues, including increased funding for both local and regional roads and supporting our Gold Line.
  2.  Maintain our quality of life with Arvada as a safe city where our citizens can live, work, learn and play due to our amenities and opportunities.
  3. As I have over the years, I will work with our team to ensure Arvada remains a financially responsible City with healthy financial reserves.

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

We are working with the State, County and Non-profits on other funding options for income restricted housing. We are also working with Habitat for Humanity, and exploring lower cost micro-housing. Through my efforts with the Metro Mayors’ Caucus testifying at the Capital, and with the support of City Council, we have obtained legislation encouraging condo and townhome development. I support first time homeowners’ assistance programs.

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?

The Arvada Urban Renewal Authority has been very successful remediating blight in Olde Town, south of Olde Town, Kipling Ridge, and Ralston Creek. There is still work to be done in the current Urban Renewal areas that is appropriately the focus of AURA. In addition to remediating blight, the redevelopment of these areas has brought significant jobs, shopping and entertainment opportunities, and tax revenues to Arvada.

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