Dave Palm, candidate for mayor of Arvada

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Profession: Semi-Retired

Neighborhood: Norris Heights (Hackberry Hill)

Contact: www.davepalm.com or dave@davepalm.com

Why are you seeking this office?

I am running for Mayor because I believe strongly in preserving the small, hometown, “Mayberry-like”, Charm and Character that has drawn residents to Arvada since before Colorado was even a state. It’s way past time that we put the citizens interests first and restore fiscal responsibility, common sense and respect for taxpayers. It is time to stop the city’s interference in development and the free market.

What makes you the best person for the job?

I’m a lifelong Arvada resident that has firsthand experience with plutonium at Rocky Flats, a dozen years’ experience in finance and insurance, 6 years homeless on the streets both here and L.A. I’ve managed low income/multi-family housing including section 8, and I have over 20 years as an Arvada small business owner in the IT industry. I am on the board of Directors of the Arvada Historical Society, and I Volunteer with the Harvest Festival.

What are your top three priorities if elected?

1. Fixing our roads, without an increase in taxes by allowing highly regulated retail marijuana sales in Arvada and then using the revenue for this one single purpose—Pot for Potholes 2. Respecting citizens, by empowering citizens with the creation of an ombudsman and making it easier to get initiatives on the ballot 3. Shutting down Urban Renewal, there’s no slum and blight and it’s being used as the development arm of the city.

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

NO. Section 8 housing will never keep pace with demand. As long as there is taxpayer money available there will be a market for a handout. Living in Arvada is a privilege that our citizens have worked a lifetime to attain. To take taxpayer money from those that built this into the greatest city in the Front Range is just wrong. No one “deserves” to live in Arvada”, it must be earned.

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 Urban Renewal Authority has served its purpose; The slum and blight in Arvada is all gone. It is now being used, according to Director Maureen Phair, as the development arm of the city which is totally outside the scope permitted in State law.

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