Thornton Council Ward 3

Posted 10/16/19

David Acunto 12212 Quince St., Thornton Background: I was born in Long Island, NY and come from a large family. Raised by my father, an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Navy, and my …

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Thornton Council Ward 3

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David Acunto

12212 Quince St., Thornton

Background: I was born in Long Island, NY and come from a large family. Raised by my father, an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Navy, and my mother, a strong, intelligent and vibrant woman. They instilled the values of hard work, self-reliance, self-sacrifice, teamwork, and education. I want to serve the citizens of Thornton by providing innovative, forwarding thinking and transparent government for everyone.

Contact: 720 295-9850; info@davidforthornton.org; Facebook/Instagram: @ davidforthornton; Twitter: @daveforthornton; Web: www.davidforthornton.org

Please describe your leadership style in three words.

Transformational, affiliative, pacesetting.

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

My entire 14-year career has been spent serving the public. As a police officer, I have the pleasure of working and interacting with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. We work together to find collaborative, innovative, and resilient solutions to real-world problems. I am a dynamic relationship builder that can bring people together. I believe in innovative and forward-thinking policies while maintaining fiscal budgetary responsibilities.

Please list your top three priorities if elected.

Public Safety: Public Safety is a core service the city needs to provide to our community. Police, Fire, Dispatch are very often the face of the city as most citizen contact involves one of the three.

Infrastructure: Infrastructure is a major concern I hear while speaking to neighbors.

Affordable Housing: Affordable housing is a complicated issue, and there are many factors that can determine what is affordable and what is not.

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

It's important for a city to manage growth in a responsible way. Grow too fast and it becomes unsustainable. Grow too slowly, the economy will suffer. As a city we need to develop a systematic, multiprogram response to identify property that needs to be permitted, or, in some cases, rezoned for development, in a timely fashion. It is imperative to get community feedback on significant issues that can have a long-term effect for Thornton.

Would you put limits or regulations on oil and gas developments in the city, or is that something best left to the county, the state or someone else?

I think there are legitimate concerns regarding this issue. However, bans can have an immense effect on education funding, local and state budgets, employment rates and family incomes. I don't believe a ban is a solution that keeps the economy healthy. At this time, it would be presumptuous and imprudent to speak on an arbitrary ban distance without communicating with all the stakeholders involved.

Jessica Troy

4446 Cottonwood Lakes Blvd., Thornton

Background: I am a third generation Coloradoan who grew up in Littleton. I served in the Colorado Army National Guard for six years after 9/11. Now I am a horticulturist and own a small gardening business. I moved to Thornton in 2011 when I married my husband. We have three children and love that Thornton is our home.

Contact: 303 547-4184; JessicaTroyforThornton@gmail.com; Facebook: jessicatroyforthornton; Instagram: jessicatroy4thornton; Twitter: Jess4Thornton;Web: JessicaTroyforThornton.com

Please describe your leadership style in three words.

Friendly, open-minded, research-oriented

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

I am an open-minded person willing to consider a lot of options, but I do like to see research backing ideas up. I'm not interested in wasting the community's time and resources without evidence that we'll get returns on our investments. I am flexible, but practical.

Please list your top three priorities if elected.

Improving our city design to better manage growth while minimizing the unpleasant side effects, such as traffic, excess resource consumption, and pollution.

Bringing in more small, independent business in order to balance our economy, give residents more options for retail and entertainment, and enhance Thornton's character.

Improve investment in social infrastructure such as parks and open spaces.

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 not at odds with our way of life in Thornton when we have balanced, values-based economic growth that seeks to match and enhance our community's character. That is why it is important to me to bring more focus on small, independent business, the kind that communities identify with and rally around, and keep more money in our city than we have historically in Thornton.

Would you put limits or regulations on oil and gas developments in the city, or is that something best left to the county, the state or someone else?

From what I currently understand, the new regulations set forth by Adams County will do a fairly good job keeping oil and gas operations out of our neighborhoods. However, I would be open to looking at additional limits should the need arise.

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