Ethan Lutz, candidate for Arvada City Council District 2

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Profession: Natural resources

Neighborhood: Lamar Heights

Contact: www.lutzforarvada.com and www.facebook.com/lutzdothis and ethanlutz82@gmail.com

Why are you seeking this office?

Because I want to bring fresh perspective to City Council, and use this to address the issues facing Arvada now and in the future. I want to help Arvada grow responsibly, provide quality services and a high quality of life for its residents, but also keep the charm and atmosphere that so many people love about Arvada.

What makes you the best person for the job?

I think my youth, and practical, pragmatic approach to issues is well-suited for City Council. I think one refreshing thing about me is that I don’t consider myself an expert in politics, or a politician. While highly attuned to both national and local politics, in the end I am what elected officials should be: representatives of our communities, with no strong affiliation or connection to politicians or special interests.

What are your top three priorities if elected?

First, Jefferson Parkway: Assuring the project is handled appropriately. Second, increasing community involvement and enhancing transparency in Council matters. Third, effectively managing affordable housing projects, while protecting current residents from tax increases.

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

Currently I believe the resources Arvada affords to housing projects are adequate for the city’s current growth rate. As leaders and a community we need to measure the pace of developments against current budgets and infrastructure. If Arvada grows too fast too quick, it could come at the expense of current residents who may not look favorable upon some affordable housing decisions.

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?

I believe in general the city has done a good job of restoring blighted areas in Arvada. That being said, I also believe the definition of “blight” may need to be revisited, and in the same note I don’t believe AURA is as necessary for such projects. I believe local regulations as well as traditional conversations with communities and developers are adequate for any more renewal efforts within the city.

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