Ever since David Jones visited Washington, D.C., with his classmates in the fifth grade, he’s had an interest in the government, he said. But it wasn’t until decades later, when he wound up …
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Ever since David Jones visited Washington, D.C., with his classmates in the fifth grade, he’s had an interest in the government, he said. But it wasn’t until decades later, when he wound up living in a tight-knit west Arvada community, that he realized he didn’t just want to be involved in government; he wanted to be part of it.
Jones was elected to city council as the District 4 representative in 2015 and is now running for re-election in 2019. He works as president and CEO of a family-owned automotive warranty administration company based in Arvada, where he has lived for 21 years.
In his years on council, he has worked to continue a tradition of “creating a place where people love to be,” he said. He has advocated for increased city spending on road maintenance; planned to one day develop designs for a Larimer Square-like space in his district; and met with developers to discuss how attainable housing developments could meet city regulations.
Further, he and his fellow council members have directed the Urban Renewal Authority to focus on “looking for areas in the city that could be developed with more affordable housing stock,” he said.
If re-elected, he would like to help continue the city’s efforts on the issue and increase homeless individuals’ access to services and resources, such as food and ID cards. Potentially, the city could bring such services to city hall on a monthly basis, he said.
In addition, he would like to work with the faith-based community to promote awareness of mental health, believing this awareness would ease tensions, improve safety and increase the overall well-being of the community, he said.
Jones has also spent the past years working on the Jefferson Parkway project as chairman of the Jefferson Parkway Public Highway Authority (JPPHA).
The planned parkway will be a toll road that runs through northwest Arvada. In August, analyzers found elevated plutonium levels in a soil sample taken from the portion of the route adjacent to former nuclear weapons plant Rocky Flats.
Parkway planners are waiting for further results and direction from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).
“We want this to be done safely, and we’ve been following with the CDPHE conversation that has said it’s safe,” Jones said.
Additionally, “we’ve made a commitment to test (contamination levels) through the entire project,” he said, adding that, if necessary and possible, he would support realigning the road.
As one of many who would live next to the parkway — the route runs through his district as well as his neighborhood of Leyden Rock — Jones said he joined the authority to get involved with a project close to his community.
And he’s enjoyed seeing others do the same, he said, referencing groups like Neighbors of the Parkway, which has worked to make community voices heard during the project.
“Those kinds of things help to generate community,” he said. “The more we can bring people together, the better off we are.”
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