A Wheat Ridge native, Joe DeMott is the owner of Pietra’s Pizzeria. A WRHS graduate, class of 1990, DeMott was a founding member of the Wheat Ridge Chamber of Commerce. He has served as chair of the Carnation Festival, and on the city council.Contact: email@example.com or 303-929-4608Campaign website: joedemott.com Facebook Joe DeMott for Wheat Ridge MayorWhy do you want to serve on council?I am passionate about my family and my community and love what being a Wheat Ridge citizen has meant. I want to be your next Mayor to ensure that future generations are afforded the chance to be part of a wonderful community that has always been Wheat Ridge. I am intrigued and fully understand the Mayor’s duties and will follow the City Charter and represent Wheat Ridge and its citizens as you deserve to be, with utmost respect and an understanding of the challenges we face as well as changes that must be made in the immediate future.Your top three priorities if elected?1. I will truly represent the citizens of Wheat Ridge2. Guide fiscally responsible budget concepts by allowing citizens voices to be heard concerning smart and fair economic development.3. Advocate robust public safety through our nationally recognized Police Department and Fire DistrictsWhat should the city’s role be in regards to homelessness?While on Council I was involved with the Chief of Police and staff to examine and coordinate with the faith-based community to enhance and build up their programs at helping the homeless, I will revive this program and along with citizen input, devise a long-term plan to continue with help.How would you balance retaining the city’s character, and encouraging redevelopment and growth?I am a firm believer that rooftops bring retail, though I’ve had plenty of arguments to the opposite. It simply comes down to demographics, if we want new businesses, we need to supply them with customers. The focus of my vision for Wheat Ridge is on housing for all ages and wages that will attract desired demographics to appeal to new business and introduce new residents to the businesses that make Wheat Ridge so great.The debate about the width, and parking situation along 38th Avenue seems perennial. How should the city proceed?I did not support the ‘road diet’ while on council. Although I see benefits to both configurations, the question failed when posed to the voters, and I believe it would if asked again. Though the question truly lies with the council, I will oppose any consultant dollars spent on further research of lane configuration.
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