Familiarity tour

Thornton hosts Congressman Crow with visit to city projects

Posted 3/28/19

Thornton Mayor Heidi Williams is plenty proud of her community, but she didn’t mind showing some of the places that could use some help to U.S. Congressman Jason Crow. Williams led Crow, the …

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Familiarity tour

Thornton hosts Congressman Crow with visit to city projects

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Thornton Mayor Heidi Williams is plenty proud of her community, but she didn’t mind showing some of the places that could use some help to U.S. Congressman Jason Crow.

Williams led Crow, the Democrat representative from Colorado’s 6th Congressional District, and his staff on quick 90 minute tour of Thornton and some of the issues the community has to deal with — from the water supply and treatment concerns to affordable housing and mass transit.

“We wanted to talk about clean water act issues and clean drinking water,” Williams said after the tour. “But I found out he has a huge background in water issues, so he understands more about it than I do. And then we wanted to take him up to our Eastlake station, to our temporary end of line so he understands we need money for transportation. If we could get Congress and the Administration to work together on an infrastructure package, that would be amazing.”

Thornton has plans to build the terminating station for RTD’s planned N-Line light rail at Eastlake.

“But now I know that a big part of the undeveloped corridor is in the 6th District component of Thornton,” Crow said.

Williams said she was happy to meet with the congressman, who requested the tour.

“Sometimes, it’s easier to see something first hand, rather than just hearing about it,” Williams said. “Him being willing to come, and requesting the tour, was a first for me.”

It’s part of a program that Crow and his staff begin soon after he began his term they are calling “Lead Locally.”

“We want to make sure that everything we do is district driven,” said Anne Feldman, communications director for Crow. “We want the community setting the priorities for the congressman, not the congressman setting the priorities for the district.”

Feldman said Crow plans to make 12 visits this year, one per month. He started in February in Aurora. They haven’t settled on his next destination yet, Feldman said.

“We know that affordable housing is an issue we are hearing from all of our communities,” Crow said. “We are hearing that preserving and expanding low income housing tax credit matters.”

The tour met with representatives from Unison Housing, and they told Crow their work in Thornton would not be possible without that credit.

“In a sense, the federal tax bill of 2017 has made it event harder for those project, so there are bills in congress we are considering that might help,” Crow said.

Crow has kept busy since winning election in November, unseating incumbent Republican Mike Coffman. So far, he’s helped to introduce legislation aimed at changing the way the Department of Veterans Affairs fills its staffing, granting temporary protected status to Dreamers — the young immigrants who’ve lived most of their lives in the U.S. — and helped with rules to make it easier for disabled veterans to qualify for small business loans.

He currently serves on the House Committee on Armed Service Members and the Committee on Small Business members.

His district, Colorado’s 6th Congressional District, is wide and diverse, wrapping around Denver’s eastern suburbs from Thornton and Brighton in the north, around Aurora and Centennial and west to Highlands Ranch.

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