David Acunto

Thornton City Council Ward 3 candidate

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Address: 12212 Quince St, Thornton CO 80602

Background: I was born in Long Island, NY, and have a large, rambunctious family. My parents instilled the values of hard work, self-reliance, self-sacrifice, teamwork and education, from a young age. I earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology in 2005. I accepted a position with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department as a Deputy Sheriff. Since beginning my career with Jefferson County, I have continued my career in public service and now work as an Investigator with the Westminster Police Department. My wife, April Acunto, is the absolute best partner I could have ever ask for. We have three small children and love raising our family in Thornton.

Best contact information for the public: 720 295-9850, dha1029@gmail.com, www.davidforthornton.com

1.) Please describe your leadership style in three words.
Affiliative, pacesetting, and decisive.

2.) Describe the skills and experience that make you the best candidate for the job.

I have 12 years’ experience as a Police Officer. I have hundreds of hours of training in crisis intervention, critical problem solving, and community outreach. More importantly, I have applied these learned skills in the real world while out on patrol. I know my problem-solving skills can directly be applied to city council.Furthermore, for the past four years, I have served as an Executive Board member of the Colorado State Fraternal Order of Police. I assisted with the HB17-1215, Peace Officer Mental Health Support for Peace Officers, which was signed by Governor John Hickenlooper on April 24th, 2017.I have demonstrated leadership, critical thinking, high integrity and community service in my professional career.

3.) Please list your top three priorities if elected.

Public Safety, Economy, and Environmental sustainability.

4.) How do you see Thornton best taking advantage of the economic boom in Metropolitan Denver?

Economic development is vital to the continued health and growth of Thornton. We need to create a long-term vision with our own community identity. A robust local economy by encouraging a diverse array of jobs, unified housing; shopping, cultural, entertainment and restaurant districts. We also need to create city policies that are appealing to small business which encourage growth and reinvestment into Thornton.

5.) The City Council took a controversial step this summer, enacting stronger regulations on the oil and gas industry despite legal threats from the state. Was this the right thing to do or did the City Council go beyond its authority?

Thornton City Council is in a difficult position when it comes to balancing the interests of mineral owners, with the health, safety, and welfare of the community. Although no regulations are ever perfect, the one council put in place is a good start. It is based on regulations from around the state that the Oil and Gas industry has not challenged and they were developed with input from stakeholders on all sides of the issue. I’d like to see some improvements to the regulations but in believe that Thornton City Council operated appropriately for the betterment of the city.

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