Harriet Hall, Candidate for mayor of Arvada

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Profession: Retired CEO of Jefferson Center for Mental Health; Clinical Psychologist

Neighborhood: Stocke-Walter Historic District in Olde Town

Contact: harriethallforarvada.com or HLHArvada1@gmail.com

Why are you seeking this office?

I am running for mayor because I love Arvada. I have worked to support the community for years, in efforts like rezoning the Stocke-Walter historic district, planning for the G-line, serving on the Citizen’s Capital Improvement Committee and Arvada Sustainability Advisory Committee. I learned that we need real transparency from our local government and better lines of two-way communication with residents, which will help bring our city together as one community.

What makes you the best person for the job?

Arvada Voters must decide what kind of leader Arvada needs. We need a leader who is more than a cheerleader. I am a creative, visionary, thoughtful, and collaborative leader. My 34 years running a large nonprofit required understanding both the private and government sectors. It involved bringing together diverse parties for mutually acceptable, pragmatic solutions. Working together means that we get better, high quality results. I am the leader Arvada needs.

What are your top three priorities if elected?

Community – Rapid growth and infrastructure and transportation woes threaten the unity in our community. Transparency – Clear communication about what will impact residents means listening to them and considering input before decisions are made. Health and Safety- In addition to important issues like police and fire, this means addressing the health and safety concerns related to Rocky Flats and the Jefferson Parkway.

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

Arvadans deserve safe, affordable housing. Section 8 doesn’t support workforce housing for teachers, firefighters, police, service workers, seniors, and our kids. Consider:  zoning encouraging “starter” homes and affordable units; reductions in certain fees; expedited permitting; tax-incentive financing for affordable housing; expectations for developers to build a percentage of affordable units.  It is crucial to our well-being, economic prosperity, and sense of community to retain existing affordable housing and create more. 

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?

Urban renewal can be beneficial when conditions of blight exist. Its tools can support community needs like affordable housing or development of community services. Most serious blight has been eradicated from Arvada, but we have areas that meet Colorado’s definition of blight. I support urban renewal that addresses true needs – like affordable housing – in areas where blight exists, for projects that could not be done without it, under closer City Council oversight.

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