Northglenn Council Ward 4

Posted 10/16/19

Annelies Cunis 11044 Manet Way, Northglenn Background: I have been a resident of Northglenn for over twenty years and have raised my family here. Being a homemaker for 23 years, I have been an active …

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Northglenn Council Ward 4

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Annelies Cunis

11044 Manet Way, Northglenn

Background: I have been a resident of Northglenn for over twenty years and have raised my family here. Being a homemaker for 23 years, I have been an active member in the community. I am also a small business owner, working for the last ten years in home health care, and have previous experience in publishing. I believe I can be a great representative for Ward Four and have long-range vision for our community.

Contact: 720 208-6784; annelies.cunis@gmail.com

Please describe your leadership style in three words.

Positive, empathetic, integrity

Describe the skills that make you the best candidate for the job.

I believe some of my strengths, that will make me a dependable candidate for City Council, are leadership, teamwork and professionalism, and working well with people from all backgrounds. I will respect the opinions, thoughts and ideas of my community and council members while always having a positive attitude and setting realistic goals.

Please list your top three priorities if elected.

- Keeping Northglenn a great city to live in with reasonable long-term planning

- Promoting increased community safety for individuals, families and businesses

- Addressing the homeless situation in an equitable manner with other neighboring cities and our County

Discuss economic growth in your community. How can you balance economic opportunity with current residents' desire to preserve their way of life?

Economic growth is important for Northglenn and its future. During the last 20 years, I have seen positive economic growth. I want to continue positive growth and be considering impacts on our residents carefully. For example, traffic patterns, parking solutions and environmental impact. With limited land-use development available, we can continue to revitalize empty buildings/sites with residential and business community input using common sense to move forward.

What is the city's role in guiding redevelopment for areas in need of repair? Where would you target the city's redevelopment efforts and dollars?

Presently, I don't have a specific target for the city's redevelopment efforts and dollars. I believe the city's role in guiding redevelopment should always keep the best interests of the residential and business communities in mind, with careful thought and budget management, when prioritizing repairs/projects in Northglenn.

Antonio B. Esquibel

9740 Melody Drive

Background: Serving my community is my top priority. I am a US Army Veteran and a retired social worker from Five Star Schools. On the Citizen Police Academy and on the Planning Commission, I learned to love my city and want to do my part. A proven leader, I've served as a school board member and a magistrate judge. If re-elected to City Council, I'll be in a position to see the current improvements through.

Contact: 303 941-8491; abesquibel46@gmail.com

Please describe your leadership style in three words.

Visionary, respectful, inclusive

Describe the skills that make you the best candidate for the job.

My skills come from experience and knowledge. Experience from having served as a City Council member, Mayor Pro-Tem and as Mayor makes me the best candidate because experience matters. I know first-hand what time, effort and commitment it takes to do the job right.

Please list your top three priorities if elected.

My priorities are to deliver the new recreation center on time, on budget, or under budget. I plan to continue to work closely with the City Manager and Chief of Police to maximize public safety and address issues of code enforcement.

Discuss economic growth in your community. How can you balance economic opportunity with current residents' desire to preserve their way of life?

We can best preserve Northglenn's way of life through economic growth and opportunity. We all know that our city is land locked, limiting new growth. We need to be strategic in business attraction, retention and expansion. The current council has done a great job redeveloping the Huron Center and partnering with Karl's Farm and The Marketplace. These projects will attract new businesses and housing.

What is the city's role in guiding redevelopment for areas in need of repair? Where would you target the city's redevelopment efforts and dollars?

The City partners with current owners to redevelop major business properties. NURA leads these efforts and the Council works to see plans through. The Marketplace will be my main focus as there are many vacant buildings and an abundance of parking spaces. The effort will take visionary owner(s) and a visionary Council. I am excited to be a part of this, to ensure city dollars are spent in a fiscally responsible way.

Luke Lopez

10231 Monterey Circle, Northglenn

Background: I am a life-long Northglenn resident with experience in social activism. I was the founder of the Student-Teacher Coalition for the Advancement of Democracy and also organizer for Northglenn High School's March for Our Lives walkout.

I want to be a member of our City Council because I see a lack of representation for the youth of Northglenn and a severe lack of ideas to grow and better our city for all of our citizens.

Contact: 720 625-2963; lukelopezforcuncil@gmail.com

Please describe your leadership style in three words.

For the people.

Describe the skills that make you the best candidate for the job.

I have great leadership abilities that allow me to bring people together and lead them towards a brighter tomorrow, I am open-minded and willing to listen which allows me to grow and become more attuned to the needs of my constituents and I am committed to every member of our robust community — not merely the well-to-do or highest bidder.

Please list your top three priorities if elected.

The improvement of our roads, government accountability for the “toxic environment” that resulted in the resignation of our former mayor, and the environment-minded modernization of our local governments practices and building standards.

Discuss economic growth in your community. How can you balance economic opportunity with current residents' desire to preserve their way of life?

It is the duty of council members to reconcile these two aspects of our community. We should pursue an agenda with the average worker and the middle-class in mind, helping them to succeed. At the same time, we must seek to update, rather than preserve what we see as our “way of life”. It is not working for a sizable chunk of our community, so we must accept that things will change — but for the better.

What is the city's role in guiding redevelopment for areas in need of repair? Where would you target the city's redevelopment efforts and dollars?

The city's role is to assure that we allow for the revitalization of business centers while assuring that it proceeds as ethically and locally as possible. The city should look to establish more green businesses from more locally sourced entrepreneurs. One of the key places our redevelopment efforts and dollars should be allocated is the Northglenn Marketplace which, is in need of our full. Storefronts stand empty and people's lives are the worse for it.

Mary S. Mondragon

10944 Manet Way

Background: I grew up in Congress Park and have a PhD in scraped knees and assessing situations on the fly. Both my husband and children all graduated from Northglenn High School. I enjoy the trails and park system in Northglenn. I will work to promote safe, healthy outdoor spaces. I am a “roll up my sleeves” kind of person, dedicated to Northglenn, my constituents and to the role that a City Councilor embodies.

Contact: 303 917-6857; Marzydragon@msn.com; Facebook: FB Marymondragon; LinkedIn: maryqmondragon; Twitter: @marzydragon

Please describe your leadership style in three words.

Listen. Observe. Learn

Describe the skills that make you the best candidate for the job.

I am dedicated to Northglenn, my constituents, and to the role of City Councilor. I am a quick learner, curious and passionate. As a manager for many years I have developed my leadership and people skills and the ability to quickly assimilate into new roles. By listening, observing and learning I stepped into these new roles seamlessly. My goal is to enhance the community with my skillsets that support projects, teams and individuals.

Please list your top three priorities if elected.

1. Promote safe, vibrant, healthy outdoor spaces; including well maintained residential and commercial properties, trails and parks. 2. Understand the current ongoing redevelopment efforts that Northglenn Urban Renewal Authority (NURA) is engaged in and new development activities at Marketplace.3. Review overall city plan for traffic calming solutions that are ongoing and those that need to be implemented.

Discuss economic growth in your community. How can you balance economic opportunity with current residents' desire to preserve their way of life?

Being open minded and aware of what Northglenn residents need and working with City Staff and City Councilors to address critical needs is the challenge. We are always either building or maintaining infrastructure within Northglenn. It takes constant oversight, transparency and teamwork to address economic growth. An ongoing list of both short- and long-term projects is required and then categorizing those projects as necessary or additions to the wish list.

What is the city's role in guiding redevelopment for areas in need of repair? Where would you target the city's redevelopment efforts and dollars?

I would target city efforts and dollars at Marketplace. Safe, clean, vibrant outdoor spaces will encourage people to come to Northglenn to visit, eat and shop. Marketplace has been the center of Northglenn's retail activity and is easily accessible via the Interstate 25 corridor. Marketplace needs to be stabilized into a vibrant outdoor mall to include entertainment centers with new restaurants, pedestrian areas and retail shops.

Paul C. Kelly

1822 Ura Lane, Northglenn

Background: Native Paul C. Kelly graduated from Northglenn High in 1979, University of Missouri in 1985 and Leadership Denver 2006. Growing up in Ward 4, Kelly has always been active in Volunteering, Community Service and Fund Raising. When Kelly returned home to care for his aging parents, he wanted to continue providing a safe affordable family friendly to future generations of Northglenn residents.

Kelly's spent his career in Higher Education and works for American Furniture Warehouse.

Contact: 720 236-7594; paulkelly4ward4@gmail.com; Facebook: Paul Kelly; Twitter: @PaulCKelly3; Web: pckelly20.wixsite.com/paulkelly

Please describe your leadership style in three words.

Visionary, Participative, Inclusive

Describe the skills that make you the best candidate for the job.

Good Decision Maker, Ability to remain Transparent, Assertive, Solid Integrity, Ability to Create and Implement long plans.

Please list your top three priorities if elected.

1.) Residents

2.) Community

3.) Business Owners

Discuss economic growth in your community. How can you balance economic opportunity with current residents' desire to preserve their way of life?

As Northglenn begins its second 50 years as a city, every economic decision made must be done through the eyes and benefits for the next three generations. All economic growth must be considered for how it will impact both our retired long-term residents and the new families with school-aged children. As a bedroom community with limited opportunity to expand, Northglenn must consider how to best utilize, re-purpose and re-develop existing space through economic development.

What is the city's role in guiding redevelopment for areas in need of repair? Where would you target the city's redevelopment efforts and dollars?

This is not solely the responsibility of the City, but also the responsibility of the residents and business owners, as we will all benefit from redevelopment. As stewards of the city, the City Council must explore and pursue every opportunity to guide and rebuild the city over the next 50 years without increasing property taxes. Guiding the City into the future must include exploring and forecasting how technology will impact future generation's lives and lifestyles.

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