The other candidate for Wheat Ridge City Council District 3 is Korey Stites
Profession: Business management and Finance
Neighborhood: Hill Haven
Why are you seeking this office?
It’s time for a change in our government. Wheat Ridge residents know what we want our city to be. I want to make sure that we have a direct voice in the governing of our city and that we create plans that are in line with what we want. We understand that if we do not act now to preserve our Wheat Ridge character, it may be gone forever.
What makes you the best person for the job?
My background in finance, business management, and community service give me the knowledge and experience to be an effective representative. I listen to and incorporate various viewpoints into my decisions but maintain my focus on the intended result. I’m independent — I do not seek or accept endorsements from other elected officials.
What are your top three priorities if elected?
1) Change our approach to zoning and development to make it more citizen-driven and revamp regulations as needed. For example, implement bulk plane regulations to help ensure neighborhood compatibility of new construction. 2) Control city budgeting and expenditures. For example, critically review recent decisions to hire additional staff. 3) Make it easier for residents to participate by holding regular district meetings and by creating a Citizen Advisory Board that is open to everyone.
What is your view about what should happen regarding the Upham property rezoning?
I support the people’s right to organize and petition. This is why I was part of the referendum effort from the beginning. We gathered enough signatures to put this rezoning on the ballot, and the voters will make the final decision. This is also why I attended and spoke at the public meeting regarding a proposed rezoning at 32nd & Kipling.
Which qualities would you most want to see in Wheat Ridge’s next police chief?
A police chief should be experienced, forward-thinking and open-minded, approachable by citizens and staff. Our next police chief should instill confidence in his department, and foster good morale among line officers, staff and command.
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