Dave Palm believes in putting the history of Arvada in residents’ hands. As a director on the Arvada Historical Society board, Palm has put dozens of hours into digitizing Arvada’s past and …
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Dave Palm believes in putting the history of Arvada in residents’ hands.
As a director on the Arvada Historical Society board, Palm has put dozens of hours into digitizing Arvada’s past and putting hard copies of photos and documents online, the medium Arvadans use most, he said.
Now running for mayor in the 2019 election, the long-time Arvada resident’s passion for town history shows in his campaign promises: “The foundation for everything is to preserve the history of the town,” he said.
Dave Palm has lived in Arvada on and off since childhood. He attended Secrest Elementary School, North Arvada Middle School and Arvada High School. He started his career in the 1970s as a car salesman, which led to a number of finance management positions in the following decades. Palm and his son now own Hackberry Hill Communications, an Arvada-based repair, production and design company.
Through his work with the Arvada Historical Society, on which he is serving his second four-year term, Palm has worked behind the scenes of several city events and initiatives, including the city’s annual Arvada Harvest Festival and Parade.
If elected, Palm would seek to “redirect the city to the purpose it was created for,” he said, partially by scaling back accelerated growth and city involvement with public-private partnerships.
His positions are drawn from decades of different life experiences, he said.
After he and his father worked at the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant, he seeks to raise public awareness of the potential dangers of the construction of the Jefferson Parkway, a proposed toll road that would run adjacent to the site of the former plant.
After experiencing homelessness for six years, he aims to create new strategies to address Arvada’s number of “career vagrants,” or those who live on the street but could afford a residence, he said.
After watching his parents progress from living in a screened-in porch in Denver to buying an Arvada home, he believes in redirecting tax money that may otherwise go to attainable housing projects.
“My parents didn’t start in Arvada. You grew into these things,” he said. “Every house in Arvada is attainable; you just have to earn it.”
Additionally, as mayor, he said he would advocate for the removal of the city’s ban on retail marijuana sales, that could generate tax revenue to improve local roads. Currently, he said, Arvadans can purchase recreational marijuana in neighboring cities like Edgewater and Wheat Ridge, leaving other communities with money that could be in Arvada’s pockets.
He would also promote the establishment of a city ombudsman to assist residents with day-to-day disagreements they have with the city.
“I don’t see this as politics. I’m not the guy with all the answers; I’m the guy with all the questions,” he said, “and I want to be the citizens’ representative.”
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