election 2019

Korey Stites, Candidate for Wheat Ridge City Council District 3

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Profession: Owner of Personal Achievement Martial Arts

City: Wheat Ridge/ District 3

Contact: KoreyStites.com or Korey@koreystites.com

Why are you seeking this office?

Because I love Wheat Ridge! I was born and raised in District 3 and this is where I have chosen to raise my family and where my business is located. We are going through a period of growth and change that hasn’t happened in many years, and I want to make sure that we continue to keep the character and community feel that made so many of us fall in love with Wheat Ridge.

What makes you the best person for the job?

I am the best person for the job, because of my experience. My family has a long history of public service here in Wheat Ridge. Personally, I have served on the Wheat Ridge Water District Board, The Mayor’s Outreach Committee, The Wheat Ridge Business District, and was a Co-Chair for the Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy. I also have owned a successful business for almost 10 years (2018 Wheat Ridge Business of the year).

What are your top three priorities if elected?

My first priority is to work to implement the recently adopted Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy. The NRS will create more community connection using a proactive approach of engaging neighborhoods in figuring out what they want to see happen, while also investing in primary corridors and improving customer service. Second, keeping District 3 citizens more informed by holding consistent meetings to both inform and get feedback. Third, improve transparency and communication citywide.

What is your view about what should happen regarding the Upham property rezoning?

The Upham rezoning question is exactly why the speedy and thoughtful implementation of the Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy is important. This issue has caused conflict between the neighbors, the city, elected officials, and the developer. We need a more proactive approach of figuring out what development our neighborhoods want to see, and what fits the character of those neighborhoods, so we can have a more predictable process for developers, the city, and most importantly our citizens.

Which qualities would you most want to see in Wheat Ridge’s next police chief?

We will miss Dan Brennan! Our next police chief should have experience in working with a community like Wheat Ridge. I would be looking for someone who is transparent and active in the community. We need someone with the ability to plan, but flexible enough to change as the city changes over time. Many parents in the community would also like to see more enforcement of traffic laws in many of our school zones.

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