Jordan Hohenstein was 26 years old when he first ran for city council in 2017. The youngest candidate in the race, he worried that his young age might hurt his chances of election -- but it didn’t …
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Jordan Hohenstein was 26 years old when he first ran for city council in 2017. The youngest candidate in the race, he worried that his young age might hurt his chances of election -- but it didn’t take him long to realize that wasn’t the case
Hohenstein gained support from residents young and old, he said, and though he wasn’t elected, the connection he felt with those residents ultimately gave him the confidence to run again.
Two years later, the Arvada resident has entered the race for the District 4 seat on city council.
Hohenstein works as a brand representative for a number of organizations, such as Louis Vuitton and the American Red Cross. Born and raised in Arvada, he was partially inspired to run for council after a lifetime of “seeing what has changed, what hasn’t changed and what needs to change,” he said.
If elected, he would prioritize the issues his fellow District 4 residents have mentioned to him, including the Jefferson Parkway. The planned toll road would travel through northwest Arvada, with part of the road running next to the former Rocky Flats Plant site, where nuclear weapons were manufactured.
An August soil test found elevated plutonium waste along the proposed route. Analyzers are currently testing other samples, with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to decide whether the project is safe based on those results.
The project is a “potential environmental disaster,” Hohenstein said, adding that almost every District 4 resident he has spoken to opposes the parkway. Even if the potential safety threat was out of the picture, he would still oppose the project for several reasons, including that many Arvadans may not use the road because of its location or toll fee, he said.
“I’ll do everything I can to make sure it doesn’t get the funding it needs and the support it needs,” he said. “I’m fighting for modern transportation solutions for our community.”
One solution could be a greater emphasis on avoiding the creation of developments that will hurt traffic flow, he said.
“I’m not for anything extreme like a growth cap, but I am for growth (that preserves) the classic Arvada feel,” he said.
He would advocate for more community input on the Urban Renewal Authority’s actions and, potentially, additional regulations for urban renewal projects.
Hohenstein would also look into helping create more attainable housing opportunities, especially in District 4, he said.
As the number of homeless in Arvada continues to increase, he aims to ensure conversation and action on the issue becomes more regular, and more of a priority than he believes it has been. He would like to plan improvements for the city’s severe weather shelters and work with community groups to provide resources to the homeless, he said.
As council members, “it’s our job to reflect how our residents are feeling,” he said. “I want to be an open door to all our voices.”
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