For attorney and Arvada Mayor Marc Williams, city hall isn’t so different from the courtroom. As mayor, he has drawn on his legal experience to ensure best practices during public meetings, …
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For attorney and Arvada Mayor Marc Williams, city hall isn’t so different from the courtroom. As mayor, he has drawn on his legal experience to ensure best practices during public meetings, negotiate financial agreements between the city and other parties and, ultimately, “save our taxpayers millions and millions of dollars,” he said.
The overlap between the two positions may come as no surprise; after all, Williams got involved with both for the same reason.
“I believe my role is helping people. I love this city,” he said.
Having served two terms as mayor since winning his first mayoral election in 2011, Williams is now seeking re-election in 2019.
Williams was born in Colorado and was part of the first graduating class of Littleton’s Heritage High School, where he participated as a member of the school’s debate team and editor of the school newspaper.
He attended the University of Colorado Law School and in 1979, he began as a law clerk at Sonheim and Helm, now Helm, Less & Williams, at which he continues to practice law. Through his work with the firm, he has developed a strong sense of the inner workings of the Arvada community, he said.
He soon found himself getting involved with the community in other ways, including as a trustee on the Jefferson County Library Board and as an at-large city council member.
As mayor, he has worked with council members and city staff on issues of safety, transportation and attainable housing. While he has been in office, the city has built three community police stations, increased funding for roadwork and removed barriers to attainable housing projects, he said.
He has also worked to promote cohesiveness between city council members, he said.
“We’ve done a pretty good job of keeping the politics out of city hall,” he said. “Even when we disagree, we disagree agreeably.”
If re-elected, Williams plans to prioritize reducing traffic congestion on local roads, including through the Jefferson Parkway, a toll road to be built through the northwest portion of Arvada. The project will not go forward without the OK of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Department of Energy, he added. After a soil sample from the proposed parkway route tested for high levels of plutonium, parkway planners are awaiting the organizations’ direction on next steps.
Williams says he also aims to find ways to meet the needs of the community’s growing homeless population and preserve the safe environment of Olde Town.
His eight years of experience as mayor have well equipped him to address the many issues “that are not just Arvada issues,” but area-wide issues, he said.
“I’ve developed a terrific relationship with the mayors in the region,” he said. “It takes that level of involvement to really serve Arvada best.”
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