The Northglenn City Council has had a steady, productive run in recent years. We owe much of that to Mayor Joyce Downing. She is being challenged by the accomplished council member Gene Wieneke, but Downing has simply earned the right to keep the job for a second term. Downing provides inclusive and steady leadership. She has a listen-to-others first habit that has helped her assess issues and gain consensus in her distinctive decision-making style.
Likewise we are impressed with incumbents Kim Snetzinger in Ward 4 and Joe Brown in Ward 2. Snetzinger has a steady approach to targeting economic development and taking care of infrastructure. Brown used his experience on planning commission to quickly become an effective council member in his firts term. He too has a balanced approach with an eye to redevelopment and common sense for the garden variety of challenges that cities face.
We tip our hats to the challengers, but this is a year that three talented incumbents have not done anything to lose their jobs. Instead they have provided good reasons to merit votes of confidence.
The City of Thornton as a variety of ballot questions. For the most part, all are no-brainers in our estimation.
Term limits – Ballot Question 2C: We urge voters to approve a question to extend term limits from two to three. We like that three four-year terms would match some other cities and Thornton’s county of residence — Adams. The change respects the idea of term limits but extends to a reasonable three terms, allowing those with the most talent and support to serve a little longer.
Open Space – Ballot Question 2B: Through the years the northern Adam cities have put open space tax to good work. Securing open space at present is key to the long-term quality of life. A 20-year extension of the Parks and Open Space Tax is a good move for the future of the city. The 0.25 percent tax equates to 25 cents on a $100 purchase — fair enough for a very good investment.
Lower minimum age to serve on council — Ballet Question 2D: A question put in place by local resident Seth Thomas would lower the age to serve on council from 25 to 21. We agree with the idea that this would allow more participation of younger residents. Further the nature of the council with eight council members and a mayor provides an ideal setting for a variety of age groups to learn together, work together, govern together. Next gen report to duty.
Mayoral vacancies – Ballot Question 2E: Thornton wrangled with complications when Mayors Noel Busck and Erik Hansen left office. A change in charter language to allow the mayor pro tem serve as acting mayor until the next regular election in these instances is a simple solution. It cuts down on costs and political positioning. The mayor pro tem is chosen carefully by the council and saving funds on special elections is smart government.