Candidate Profile: Lisa Smith

Candidate for Arvada City Council At-Large

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Profession: Social Worker - Team Rubicon Disaster Response

Residence: Arvada

Campaign Website: www.lisaforarvada.com

Why are you seeking this office?

I have always been driven to serve — from enlisting in the Air Force, to becoming a social worker, to my service here in Arvada on our City Charter Review Committee, Chamber Resiliency Taskforce and various housing boards. I love this city, and I want to help continue to support and serve our community by using my diverse background in emergency response, housing and safety to ensure Arvada continues to thrive.

What makes you the best person for the job?

I have solved problems at every level, from frontline field work to crafting policies for large organizations and governments. I’ve helped cities recover from crisis, assisted students and teachers in finding housing and resources. I’d be the only person with direct police experience, and innovative housing solutions to help tackle housing and crime challenges.

What are your top three priorities if elected?

Housing. Let’s assist families, older adults, and first-time homebuyers, starting with microloans and transit-oriented solutions. Infrastructure. We’re missing 25 miles of sidewalks, and don’t have completed bike paths. Let’s leverage community, state, and federal grant opportunities to modernize our infrastructure Public safety. As a former military police woman, I know what work’s. I’d increase our co-responders program and fill open police jobs.

Development on the western end of the city has been contentious. What’s your approach to managing the area?

We cannot continue to overdevelop without a plan to resolve existing infrastructure challenges. We need alternative revenue streams, like grant funding, and collaborate with other agencies to help fill gaps. People need to have input earlier in the planning process so that the community has buy-in. West Arvada wants more retail. I would promote mixed-use: commercial on the first floor while allowing for homes on the second, similar to Five Parks, which I think is amazing.

Now that the city’s trash hauling system is up and running, what is your view of how it has worked out?

Organized waste hauling services conceptually make sense because it improves efficiency, lowers cost, reduces pollution in our neighborhoods, and promotes fewer heavy trucks on our streets. With any new program, there are challenges and room for improvement. I’d like to explore how we can eliminate the minimum service fee ensuring we deliver high-quality service to our community.

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