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AGE51RESIDENCELakewood (unincorporated Jefferson County, 24 years in Jefferson County)HOMETOWNChicagoPROFESSIONStrategic Communications and Accessible EngagementEDUCATIONMaster’s amount in Journalism from University of Illinois, Springfield; Bachelor’s in History from Northern Illinois UniversityFAMILYMichael Feeley, husband; Grace Feeley, 15-year-old daughter; two accomplishment dogs, Lola and PeachesEXPERIENCEMy 30-year career as a aloft business owner, announcer and nonprofit controlling has been adherent to convalescent outcomes in our association and Colorado. I served as the aloft admiral of the Jeffco Academy Board and the Activity Centermost Board of Directors. I currently armchair the Jeffco Boys & Girls fundraising board and serve on the St. Anthony Hospital’s Foundation Board and the Jeffco/Gilpin CASA Advisory Board.W[email protected]LDahlkemper
Why are you alive for office?Our ancestors has alleged Jefferson Canton home for 24 years. It’s a abundant abode to accession a family, alpha a business, adore the outdoors or retire. As the aperture to the Rockies, Jeffco offers a affection of activity that’s unmatched. As a community, our ethics and choices anon appulse our affection of life.
I’m alive for abettor to beforehand lives and body opportunities beyond our county. I’ll assignment to allure advantageous jobs, abode apartment and busline needs, assure accessible space, abutment our fast-growing crumbling citizenry and veterans, apostle for our nationally accustomed libraries and beforehand safe, advantageous communities breadth anybody thrives.
Effective administration requires alive listening. I’ll seek out assorted perspectives and acquisition applicable solutions. My success as a aloft Jeffco Academy Board president, business buyer and nonprofit baton hinged on these skills. I’ll put my 30 years of able and association acquaintance to assignment for Jeffco and I ask for your vote. (Please don’t stop at the top of your acclamation aback you vote! You’ll acquisition this important countywide chase – and others – adjoin the basal of your ballot.)
What three activity issues set you afar from your opponent(s)?For me, the best activity solutions are the aftereffect of demography the time to accept to all credibility of appearance and analyze accepted ground. Some of my top activity priorities include:
• Allure acceptable jobs and beforehand workforce readiness. Jeffco’s bread-and-er activity is a top priority. Some of the country’s best avant-garde companies alarm Jeffco home. Let’s abide to acuminate our aggressive bend in aerospace, aviation, alfresco amusement and added sectors. As canton commissioner, I’ll assignment with business, canton and apprenticeship leaders to allure good-paying jobs and beforehand a career-ready workforce with the advice of apprenticeships for in-demand jobs like architecture and STEM. Jeffco Schools additionally is a disciplinarian of bread-and-er development and a collaborative alive accord amid commissioners and the commune is important to adapt our approaching workforce and enhance our affection of life.
• Ensure thoughtful, counterbalanced beforehand that preserves what we adulation best about Jeffco. Our canton is a abundant abode to live, assignment and play. As added families and businesses move here, we allegation acquisition avant-garde bureau to adviser acute growth, abode affordable apartment and bottle accessible amplitude — all while absorption association values, acclimation acreage rights and advancing the county’s abiding banking health. I’ll activity to ensure crumbling adults, teachers, aboriginal responders, adolescent families and others are not priced out of our community.
• Beforehand safe communities. We appetite to feel safe in our homes and neighborhoods. My aunt is a retired Sheriff’s Deputy from California and my uncle was a detective for the Chicago Police Department. My nephew is a firefighter in Kentucky. I accept the accent of acknowledging our aboriginal responders so they can finer serve our community. Accessible safety, blaze acknowledgment and emergency accommodation are key. We additionally appetite our accouchement to be safe in school. Aback I served on the Jeffco Academy Board, I accurate the conception of the Frank DeAngelis Centermost for Association Assurance – a one-of-its-kind training centermost for aboriginal responders that’s garnered civic attention. I’m appreciative to accept the endorsements of both the West Busline and Arvada Firefighters’ Associations and to be a 2018 alum of the Jeffco Sheriff’s Citizens’ Academy. As a community, we allegation assignment calm to anticipate ancient abuse, adolescent corruption and neglect, animal trafficking and opioid corruption as able-bodied as abode the allegation for greater brainy bloom and actuality treatment.
What are the bigger areas of acceding amid you and your opponent(s)?We both accede that Jeffco is a abundant abode to live! We’ve aloft our accouchement here.
What is your position on growth, and how would you abode issues apropos beforehand if you are elected?Many of us alive in Jeffco because we adore what it offers – from admirable hiking trails to active downtowns to across-the-board Rocky Abundance angle to arts and ability to abundant schools and libraries. Our assorted cartography offers a different mix of urban, rural and abundance living. As added families and businesses move here, we allegation acquisition bureau to anxiously and strategically abode growth, while acclimation acreage rights and comestible the county’s abiding banking health. Canton abettor hearings on these issues should be fair and impartial, animate ascribe from citizens and accommodate factual, barefaced information.
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Jeffco’s Absolute Master Plan (CMP) recognizes that acceptable planning bureau because a array of factors aback authoritative acreage use decisions, including the blazon of development; concrete constraints such as flood plains and bonfire hazards; association appulse (air, light, odor); basement needs; and ecology stewardship, such as wildlife abode and baptize quality. I accept abounding the county’s contempo accessible houses on acreage use and development, which are advised to accumulate aborigine ascribe on the plan and analyze antecedence issues.
Proactive, on-going alert is critical, as is effective, two-way advice to accumulate our association able-bodied informed. We additionally allegation break active as we abode alteration association needs.
How would you abode the affair of affordable housing?A contempo poll appear by Colorado Mesa University and the Denver Busline Chamber addendum that apartment costs are a aloft claiming statewide. Jeffco is no exception.
The boilerplate account hire in Jeffco is $1,371, according the Jefferson Canton Apartment Authority. In adjustment to acquiesce it, an abandoned allegation access an alternate allowance of $26.37 or added than $50,000 annually. A alpha Jeffco Schools’ abecedary makes $39,923. A canton chump account adumbrative takes home about $32,000.
I accept talked with business owners in our abundance communities – some of whom accept told me that the abridgement of workforce apartment is accepting a abrogating appulse on their businesses. Workers can’t acquiesce to alive in the communities they serve. Employers, in turn, allegation beforehand alike added in agent application and training.
As canton commissioner, I’ll assignment with association members, apartment experts, builders, nonprofit leaders, adopted admiral and others to actuate what strategies accomplish the best faculty from association to community. I’ve met with canton and bounded apartment leaders to bigger accept our county’s different challenges and apprentice added about how added communities are arrest this issue.
Among some of the strategies I’d analyze added as a commissioner:
• Conduct an account of canton and state-owned acreage (this would not accommodate accessible space) to see if there are any opportunities to abode apartment needs.
• Engage the association added acutely on these issues by captivation a alternation of county-wide conversations on apartment issues.
• Convene a assorted accumulation of leaders to strengthen county-wide partnerships to abode apartment solutions.
Today, 4,000 bodies are on the delay account for affordable apartment in Jeffco. We apperceive that admission to decent, safe apartment helps accommodate adherence for accessible families with accouchement and helps anticipate homelessness.
What is the county’s role in acclamation busline challenges?None of us brand to sit in bumper-to-bumper traffic. We would adopt to absorb beneath time in the car and added time with our ancestors and friends. Like added busline breadth counties, Jeffco has busline challenges due to a growing citizenry and a abortion statewide to accumulate clip with $10 billion in bare investments in busline infrastructure. Whether you drive by car, bike, ablaze corruption or bus, it’s important to accept busline options.
Collaboration with ally such as bounded municipalities, Colorado Department of Transportation, RTD, the Denver Regional Council of Governments, Jeffco’s Rocky Abundance Metropolitan Airport and adjoining counties is key.
One archetype is the WestConnect Affiliation – a affiliation of bounded governments and others alive on aloft busline issues. The affiliation afresh appear its Planning and Ecology Linkages Study to analyze busline alternatives as able-bodied as proposed improvements forth C-470 (from Kipling and I-70) and forth US 6 and CO 93 – the aisle amid Golden and Boulder. The accomplishment is focused on abbreviation congestion, convalescent assurance and acclamation approaching busline needs. Added ecology abstraction and basic architecture accept been adjourned for C-470. Assignment additionally continues on the Jefferson Parkway; the RFQ was appear in September to design, build, accounts and accomplish the parkway.
Another alive accumulation has appear calm to abode accretion assurance apropos and bottleneck on US 285, which has placed greater ache on bound assets provided by Elk Creek Blaze Dept. in Conifer.
These collaborations – forth with others – accentuate the accent of alive calm to beforehand the affluence of traveling. Canton commissioners comedy a analytical administration role in convening groups to abode these issues and acquisition avant-garde solutions.
Additional challenges remain. After continued delays, abounding of us are aflame to see testing get underway on the G-Line, which runs through Arvada and Wheat Ridge. Contempo reductions in bus account from Evergreen and Conifer to the Federal Centermost Ablaze Corruption stop accept aloft apropos for associates of our abundance communities.
How should your canton abode the opioid addiction crisis? Should aggravate barter programs or safe-injection sites be allotment of the discussion?Opioid addiction is a cogent accessible bloom affair and the appulse of this crisis is adverse for those absorbed and their families. Currently, Jeffco ranks fourth in Colorado in the cardinal of deaths accompanying to biologic overdoses. Aboriginal responders now backpack Narcan to about-face opioid overdoses, extenuative lives.
The Jeffco Accessible Bloom Department is alive adamantine to bigger brainwash providers, body accommodation to abode the opioid crisis and coact county-wide on solutions. One of our challenges is the abridgement of associate specialists. They advice affix those with an addiction to analysis options and those in accretion to added support, abeyant administration and apartment specialists. I would aback efforts to analyze admission allotment or added avenues to ample this gap of much-needed services. I afresh abounding a appointment alleged End Antithesis Jeffco, which convened about 100 healthcare experts, canton specialists and adopted officials, and I after sat bottomward with Jeffco Accessible Health’s Opioid Initiatives Affairs Coordinator to apprentice more.
Jeffco Accessible Health’s Credibility West affairs allows individuals to access apple-pie bang food and helps to abatement abnormal auctioning of acclimated syringes. Credibility West additionally provides referrals to brainy bloom abutment and primary affliction providers as able-bodied as antithesis blockage apprenticeship and testing for HIV/Hepatitis C. Those who participate in the affairs are adjourned by staff. The affairs has apparent success stories, but it’s adamantine to clue abstracts because some individuals are abandoned or use an alias. Federal law prohibits safe bang sites. One of our bigger – and burning – issues in Colorado is that we artlessly don’t accept abundant accommodation to abode treatment. I’m committed to alive on these issues with our community, brainy bloom specialists, healthcare professionals, law administration and added partners.
AGE60RESIDENCEUnincorporated Jefferson Canton (Littleton, 19 years)HOMETOWNEl Monte, CAPROFESSIONSmall business buyer and chief accoutrements adviser for Straightforward Shooting, LLC NRA Certified Accoutrements Instructor, NRA Certified Accoutrements TrainerEDUCATIONBachelor of Science (Political Science), California Accompaniment University at Los Angeles (1981) Juris Doctor, Western Accompaniment College University of Law (1986)FAMILYMarried to Frank Francone. Mother of one son.EXPERIENCE02/06/2018 to present – Jefferson Canton Commissioner, Commune 3 01/2014 – 02/06/2018 – RTD Director, Commune N 2010 – present – Buyer and Chief Accoutrements Instructor, Straightforward Shooting, LLC 2003 – 2010 – Manager, Visa Fraud Blockage Casework 1998 – IKON Offices Solutions, Director of Coding Casework 1992 – 1996 – Zenith Insurance Company, Chief Hearing RepresentativeWEBSITETinaForJeffco.comFACEBOOKtinaforjeffcoTWITTERn/a
Why are you alive for office?As a longtime aborigine of Jefferson County, I apperceive Jeffco is a abundant abode to live, to work, to accession our families and to alpha or abound a business. I absitively to run for this accessible Jefferson Canton Abettor bench because we accept a albatross to accumulate Jeffco great. And we abide to do that by accepting strong, committed leaders at the Canton level, who will serve with bluntness and integrity.
Jeffco has a multimillion dollar account and requires a close duke to ensure that the bureau stays on clue and on budget. Prioritizing account expenditures is important and acclimation that with the needs of the absolute constituency is key; anecdotic the “needs” vs. the “wants” is critical. Basal all that is a aboveboard admiration to accept the role Canton government plays in the accouterment of those casework and allurement whether an amount is aural the ascendancy of the government to do so. The able role of canton government is to accumulate our citizens safe, assure our Constitutional liberties, anxiously administer growth, body and beforehand amount basement such as roads, and avert our acreage rights. Accepting a laser focus on these basal attempt ensures government charcoal on clue and on mission.
What three activity issues set you afar from your opponent(s)?Taxes and budgetary responsibilityIn abandoned seven months as Jeffco Canton Commissioner, I accept absolutely bargain taxes on Jeffco association and baby businesses via the aishment of the Business Personal Acreage Tax, prioritized the budget, and adequate our Aborigine Bill of Rights. In contrast, my opponent, as Admiral of the Jefferson Canton Academy Board, again voted to access taxes on Jeffco association by millions of dollars. As there is no acknowledgment of the Aborigine Bill of Rights anywhere on her website, it is absurd that she defends it as I do.
Advocacy for Accessible Allotment and Abstruse SchoolsI am a amorous apostle for all forms of accessible schools, including Accessible Allotment Schools and abstruse schools. It is a parent’s albatross to brainwash their accouchement and, as taxpayers, should accept options. Although states that she is in favor of “good education”, she (while Admiral of the Jeffco Academy Board) has again voted to accumulate allotment schools out of Jefferson County, appropriately eliminating parents options.
TransparencyYou apperceive what I angle for. I am open, cellophane and honest about who I am and what I angle for. I am alive and, as a result, am able to accommodate absolute answers and a activity aisle to get there. My adversary advocates for “good stuff” with no apparent way to get there.
I’ve formed adamantine to accompany a calm and abstinent abode to the Board because ball and accessory argument accept no abode in Canton Government. There is too abundant important business to be conducted and crumbling time with accessory backroom is accidental and unproductive. For all of us, time is money and accepting things done in an able and adapted abode enriches our affection of life.
While it is absurd to accede 100% with anybody all the time, I am a botheration solver and assignment adamantine to acquisition a aisle to a acceptable resolution – for everyone. Aback not in acceding with others, I am accurate to clear the acumen why, and seek to acquisition accepted areas of acceding to beforehand Canton issues for the advancement of the Jeffco taxpayer.
What are the bigger areas of acceding amid you and your opponent(s)?I don’t know. I apperceive what I angle for however, my opponent‘s activity prescriptions are ambiguous descriptions of acceptable goals. For example, we all appetite bigger roads; my adversary doesn’t clear a activity or administration to accomplish that. We both appetite a acceptable economy; my adversary states she will “work” with people.
What is your position on growth, and how would you abode issues apropos beforehand if you are elected?Jefferson Canton has one of the best Absolute Master Plans in the state. While it is not the authorization to do so, it is a comprehensive, anxiously considered, aborigine alternate in Plan to allay the furnishings of burghal drape and to acquiesce for careful, controlled beforehand in Jefferson County. We DO allegation to beforehand the appearance of the communities that we alive in while acceptance others to alive here, too. Jeffco association should not accept the mindset that “I accept mine, now I’m shutting the aperture abaft me.
It is not canton government’s role to accommodate new housing. Nor is it canton government’s role to angle in the way of new housing. Rather, our role should be to acquiesce the clandestine area to accomplish the bazaar appeal for apartment and to acquiesce acreage owners to apprehend the amount of their acreage through development. Some of the improvements I accept we can accomplish in that attention are:
Streamline the allowing processTime is money and abbreviation allowing time is critical. For best apartment developments, Jefferson Canton maintains an able process, usually 6 months. Added is actuality done to accumulate and acceleration up the allowing process. As mentioned above, Jefferson Canton is in the activity of reviewing all its architecture and planning and zoning codes and reviewing fees.
Housing Development optionsResidential apartment is not the abandoned anatomy of apartment that can and should be considered. Residential apartment abandoned will not sustain this County. It is the antithesis of bartering and business acreage development that has accustomed Jefferson Canton to thrive.
Provide a predictable, glassy activity to acquiesce the bazaar to accomplish development decisions. This activity includes advice from the Absolute Master Plan, which is in the activity of actuality revised thru a alternation of accessible meetings. The activity is estimated to booty about 3 years to complete. In the interim, laying the background for a active and affordable apartment bazaar is imperative.
How would you abode the affair of affordable housing?The absolute botheration is one of accumulation and demand. A big demand, with a almost little accumulation creates a absence that drives apartment prices up. As Canton government, we can abate red band and accumulate the activity of accepting added apartment in abode – and added apartment bureau a lower amount of apartment for all our new neighbors in Jeffco. As mentioned above, the analysis of the allowing and zoning activity has begun. What is accordant in this analysis is allurement whether or not the activity in catechism absolutely alike needs to be permitted. If it does (for assurance or bloom reasons), is the fee answerable fair? Permit fees should not be a acquirement architect for the County, but should accurately allegation for the authoritative time and accomplishment all-important to conduct that business, annihilation more.
I am not in favor of government subsidized housing. That has been approved over and over and has failed.
That actuality said, I do admit that there are bound instances breadth government subsidized apartment is appropriate, but that should be bound to those absolutely in allegation and not as a “band aid” band-aid for all.
Alternative forms of apartment (e.g. tiny homes) are additionally actuality explored and I am in the antecedent phases of acquisition information. This is not to everyone’s taste, but it may accommodate an advantage for some. Jeffco’s avant-garde Planning and Zoning Dept. is accouterment out-of-the box account for accessible accomplishing of this blazon of development and its achievability will be bent in the aing few months.
What is the county’s role in acclamation busline challenges?LocalFinish the Jefferson Canton Parkway. The Access would complete the bend surrounding Jefferson Canton and accommodate connectivity to the absolute canton – with no federal funding. Additionally, the approaching construction/repairs to the I70 aisle will added complicate cartage and the achievement of the Access would accommodate an addition route.
Jeffco is burghal and befitting Jeffco anchorage in acceptable adjustment is an alarming adventure – 3600 absolute maintained lane miles, 2900 lane afar of paved artery and 700 lane afar of alluvium roadway. Prioritizing the aliment on these anchorage should be paramount.
Regional and StateThe operation and aliment of our anchorage allegation to be the primary emphasis. Busline for the accountable approaching will be clandestine vehicles. There is no acute abstracts that determines whether accessible busline attracts abundant riders to abate congestion.
The 2014 FasTracks acclamation activity anesthetized overwhelmingly and the majority of accessible busline basement has been built. Alteration the region’s apperception about the use of accessible busline is addition matter, and while multi-modal busline should be encouraged, it should be not advantaged to the carelessness of our roads.Jefferson Canton is the 4th better canton in the accompaniment and, as such, is important to the blow of Colorado. Aback Jeffco Commissioners talk, the assembly listens and Jeffco should abide to be the baton in advocating for the prioritization of alley aliment and abbreviation congestion, not abandoned on the canton level, but the state, as well.
How should your canton abode the opioid addiction crisis? Should aggravate barter programs or safe-injection sites be allotment of the discussion?Jefferson Canton is demography activity apropos Opioid corruption and has aing with over a dozen Colorado bounded governments in advancing action adjoin manufacturers and distributors of decree opioids. This accomplishment is led by the City and Canton of Denver.
Litigation is abandoned one agency in abating this circuitous catching and the bounded governments will abide to accompany added strategies and activities to abate the advance of this crisis. Jeffco Bloom and Animal Services, in affiliation with the Sheriff’s Dept. and Commune Attorney’s Appointment is alive to accomplish casework accessible to those in allegation of active actuality abuse. Jeffco Accessible Bloom afresh hosted an exhibition and advice accident to highlight the dangers of opioid abuse.
There has been a abundant accord of altercation apropos aggravate exchanges and safe-injection sites. These accept not apparent to abetment in the problem, but, in reality, facilitate the addiction.
Education of actuality abusers and the accepted accessible (e.g. – what do to in case of an overdose) is advancing and I accept has added of an aftereffect on abbreviation fatalities than aggravate exchanges and safe-injection sites.
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