Valerie Nosler attended Martensen Elementary as a child, but moved back to Wheat Ridge three years ago. She works with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs as an outreach manager. She previously worked as a communications manager for the Colorado Lottery and held multiple positions in the administration of Gov. John Hickenlooper.Nosler has a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and public relations from Colorado State University, and served as part of the Problem Gambling Coalition of Colorado.Contact: 303-350-0772 or firstname.lastname@example.orgCampaign website: www.val4wheatridge.comWhy do you want to serve on council?I am the fifth generation in my family to raise their kids in Wheat Ridge. I am running for City Council because I bring expertise and a fresh perspective our community needs. I am the only candidate running in District 4 that has the skill set to collaborate with state agencies, special districts, neighboring communities, residents, business and other stakeholders to solve problems and get positive outcomes. I am running for council to advance Wheat Ridge so that it can thrive for generations to come.Your top three priorities if elected?Wheat Ridge needs safe neighborhood streets. We must keep walkers & bikers of all ages safe. We need to remind cars that they are sharing the roads with residents accessing parks, public transportation and schools.Now is the time to create a community outreach task force to address needs for residents in our community impacted by or experiencing homelessness.Wheat Ridge is at a pivotal crossroads and must find other sources of revenue and efficiencies. Let’s build on the great work that has been done and grow sales tax revenue by promoting businesses and entice new business to move here.What should the city’s role be in regards to homelessness?My home and neighbor’s homes back up to Anderson Park and people facing housing insecurity are using the park, open space and private property to pass through and sometimes camp. The city needs a voice on council that will encourage working with Jeffco, neighboring communities, private organizations and regional partners on finding a solution.The city needs to support the city police department and first responders by coordinating with neighborhood watch groups, churches, volunteer organizations and nonprofits to find a way to provide resources to residents in homes and those experiencing homelessness. How would you balance retaining the city’s character, and encouraging redevelopment and growth?The Fruitdale Project should be a beacon of how business and housing development should work. This public and private partnership nurtures our past and takes advantage of what Wheat Ridge already has (access to public transportation, trails and parks, surrounded by great local businesses, etc.)!I am so excited about where things are headed. Projects like the G-Line and Ward Station give us the opportunity to further define our community to potential new businesses. There are great opportunities for existing businesses, and for new businesses. As the planning moves forward I have the experience to bring all stakeholders together for positive outcomes.The debate about the width, and parking situation along 38th Avenue seems perennial. How should the city proceed?Council needs a fresh voice on this issue, willing to listen to both sides. This issue requires compromise and leadership. I support that Wheat Ridge needs safe bike-able and walk-able corridors for all ages. I understand the frustration residents feel with a main roadway being constricted. Finding a compromise will be a priority for me so that we can move on to working on other corridors and intersections in our community that need improvement. As we move forward on other corridors we can learn from how 38th Avenue was handled and make the process even more inclusive of all stakeholders.
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