Profession: Former Classroom Teacher; Currently Office Manager for my husband’s company.
Residence: Lake Arbor
Campaign Website: www.chelsea4arvada.com
Why are you seeking this office?
I am running for office because I am a citizen of Arvada who is concerned about the direction our beautiful city is headed. I believe that we need leaders who serve the people and the people’s interests rather than their own. I want to preserve the Arvada community as a safe, family-friendly city.
What makes you the best person for the job?
As a contributing member of our city, I am the best representation of the citizens of Arvada. My family uses so much of what Arvada has to offer. We don’t want to see our community deteriorate as special interests push their agendas over what is best for the people of Arvada. I listen better than I speak, and I am committed to serving this community and representing them rather than dictating to them.
What are your top three priorities if elected?
Public Safety. We are seeing an unprecedented rise in crime. Our police force is not fully staffed. We must work to ensure that our police officers are equipped and visible in our community. Small Business Friendly. As a small business owner, I know our city thrives when small businesses are allowed to operate and grow. Infrastructure. We must make sure that we are providing and maintaining the roads, sewers, sidewalks, etc. that citizens need.
Development on the western end of the city has been contentious. What’s your approach to managing the area?
We need to use our land resources efficiently to keep up with our growing population, bring good jobs to our city, and meet the needs of Arvadans. When elected, I will work with others to ensure we prioritize the infrastructure that will catch up with the growth, something that has not always been done in the past. Next we will look to the future and work on infrastructure projects today that will support planned development.
Now that the city’s trash hauling system is up and running, what is your view of how it has worked out?
I see problems: People who opted out have bins waiting to be picked up; citizens are frustrated with the management of customer service; others feel nickel and dimed by the extra fees. It may be a great option for some, but it is hurting many more. 62% of the households in Arvada including HOAs opted out. I think the current city council majority made a mistake in not putting it on the ballot last year.
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