Profession: Nonprofit Recycler, Scientist, Teacher
Residence: MacArthur Park
Campaign Website: www.randyforarvada.com/
Why are you seeking this office?
I am running because I want to give back to my community. Arvada is a great place to live and I want to make sure we protect our neighborhoods, our quality of life, and plan for a sustainable future. We have a lot of work to do — repairing our aging roads and sidewalks, reducing traffic, improving transportation and accessibility, preventing crime and creating affordable housing options — and I have the experience and passion to get it done.
What makes you the best person for the job?
I have experience working in our community on solutions. I have served on the city’s Sustainability Advisory Committee for five years, listening to residents about infrastructure needs and environmental issues; worked with the governor and state legislators to create local jobs and reinvest state funds right here in Arvada; and volunteered with my church at Arvada food banks and shelters. I will bring people together to find the right solutions for Arvada.
What are your top three priorities if elected?
First, we must repair our aging roads, improve our transportation system, reduce traffic, and increase accessibility for all Arvadans, regardless of their abilities. Second, I will work hard to protect our quality of life — our quiet neighborhoods, green spaces, air and water — while planning for a sustainable future. We must work to prevent crime and help everyone feel safe and welcome. Third, I will expand opportunities for high-paying jobs, local businesses, and attainable housing.
Development on the western end of the city has been contentious. What’s your approach to managing the area?
I would like to see the city have a longer-term vision for how we grow and develop. If we do not plan with intention, we risk losing the things we love most about Arvada. Therefore, I will work to protect our quality of life — our neighborhoods, open spaces, air and water. We must approach development with transparency and expand community input — ensuring that residents have a say in the future of our community.
Now that the city’s trash hauling system is up and running, what is your view of how it has worked out?
I’ve studied in-depth the city’s new waste system and am dedicated to making it better for every Arvadan. A majority of eligible households have opted-in, and now City Council’s job is to make sure we live up to the promises made. I will work immediately to address any program shortcomings or faults in service. I am fully committed to ensuring we deliver on the excellent performance Arvadans expect and deserve.
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