Meet Jeff Cannon, city council at-large candidate

Posted 10/16/19

Jeff Cannon has never been one to limit his options: “Still I wonder what I’m going to do when I grow up,” said the Arvada resident, who attended multiple colleges including CU Denver, CU …

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Meet Jeff Cannon, city council at-large candidate

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Jeff Cannon has never been one to limit his options: “Still I wonder what I’m going to do when I grow up,” said the Arvada resident, who attended multiple colleges including CU Denver, CU Boulder and MSU Denver, and has worked in real estate, then marketing, then real estate again.

But throughout these educational and professional changes, one thing has remained the same: Cannon has stayed in Arvada, where he was born and raised.

To him and those around him, “Arvada feels like home,” he said. “We like the comfort of that small-town feeling, and we’re a community that cares about our people.”

Having spent decades getting involved in that community, including as city planning commissioner and board member for the Arvada Chamber of Commerce, Cannon is running for the at-large seat in the 2019 city council election.

Cannon became interested in running as he helped plan this year’s Harvest Festival and Parade, he said. He was bothered by several complications in the plans, including a parade route change that he felt was unnecessary.

He remembers planning the festival in the ‘80s, and he’d like to see the event restored to its former glory.

“I feel like the city has participated in a small way, but other cities go all out for their festivals,” he said. “The festival just needs an advocate on council.”

If elected, Cannon would also prioritize gathering resident input to learn how council can better support citizens and local businesses, he said.

To ease traffic congestion, he suggested allocating funds to road-widening projects and moving forward with the Jefferson Parkway, after testing to prove construction is safe.

Some residents have said they doubt the safety of the project, which will run through the former Rocky Flats site. Contamination testing has shown varying results, with state officials saying that recent results suggest the area is safe, but testing will continue through December.

“I would like to see a realignment of the parkway around the north side of the Rocky Flats reserve,” which would reroute the road from potential contamination and Arvada neighborhoods, Cannon said. He would also like to explore whether additional on/off ramps could be built along the parkway.

He plans to advocate for better strategies to connect homeless individuals with resources, especially mental health help and job placement resources. He said that, rather than divide the homeless into two groups — those who are homeless as a “lifestyle choice,” and those who are incidentally homeless — he believes the city should work to help every homeless individual.

He aims to focus on creating a localized site at which those in need of attainable housing can access all available local, state and national resources. He added that he would be in favor of creating new high-density housing complexes, but only if they remain at a height comparable to the buildings around them.

“It’s about making sure we look out for our citizens,” he said. “I want to preserve the history, because this is us.”

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