Thornton Mayor

Posted 10/16/19

Beth Martinez Humenik P.O. Box 33363, Northglenn Background: I am a fourth-generation Coloradan that has lived in Thornton for 23 years. I served on the Thornton City Council from 2007-2015, …

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Thornton Mayor

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Beth Martinez Humenik

P.O. Box 33363, Northglenn

Background: I am a fourth-generation Coloradan that has lived in Thornton for 23 years. I served on the Thornton City Council from 2007-2015, representing Ward 3 and was then elected to serve the community as their State Senator from 2015-2018. It's important we have a Mayor with the experience necessary to unify City Council to help the city reach its vision, goals and to continue to evolve successfully into the future. I will put Thornton first!

Contact: 303 907-6995; BethForThorntonMayor@gmail.com; Facebook: Beth4Mayor; Twitter: SenBethSD24; Web: www.BethForMayor.com

Please describe your leadership style in three words.

Advocate, Facilitator, Collaborator

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

With a decade of local and state government experience, I have the skills needed to be a strong, effective voice for our residents and our city. As an educator, I understand the importance of working with our school districts so that all children receive a quality education. As a fiscal steward, I will be thoughtful in the decision-making process regarding our residents' investment in our city, so funds are spent responsibly in the annual budget.

Please list your top three priorities if elected.

A safe community - keeping our neighborhoods, schools and community safe; A thriving community - a good economic environment where businesses thrive/create jobs, working with schools to ensure our kids get the excellent education they deserve, providing attainable/affordable housing, protecting parks and open space; An accessible community - focusing on addressing transportation needs, connectivity, open communication, accountability and full transparency.

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

We can achieve balance by working in collaboration with the residents, business community, development community allowing all stakeholders to have input into the proposed development that may have the potential to affect the quality of life. With a good economic environment established, we can build on that to do what is best for our community.

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?

The current City Council has established an ordinance that will be followed and the State Legislature passed a bill this year that provides opportunities for municipalities as well as counties to decide what is best for their community.

Eric Montoya

Background: I grew up in Broomfield and went to Horizon High School in Thornton. I have served on City Council for nearly seven years and two of those as mayor pro tem. Thornton is at a crossroads and we need to return the community voice to the mayor's office and not let special interests or industry buy the seat. Follow the money and you will see who is there to represent people and not an industry.

Contact: 720 365-2695; eric@montoyaforthornton.com; Facebook: Montoyaforthornton.com

Please describe your leadership style in three words.

Collaborative, leading by example.

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

I'm a single father and a funeral director for 12 years and that has taught me patience and to actively listen. I've been on council for almost seven years and know what to expect.

Please list your top three priorities if elected.

First, Transportation and development are important because of Thornton being a growing city. We must engage the community in thoughtful development. Second, public safety is an ongoing service that is the biggest budget item and we must maintain a level of service that is acceptable. Third, is the environment. Thornton should be a leader in reducing the brown cloud.

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

I have a track record of doing just this while on council. If you engage the community early in the process of development then you are more likely to achieve that goal.

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?

The state legislature passed a law giving local control to the city on regulating this industry. Public health and safety must now be prioritized when regulating this type of activity in residential areas.

James Treibert

410 Leo Lane

Background: I am married with no children and have lived in Thornton for seven years. I have good values and honest leadership skills and hope to set a good example to the City Council and citizens. I want to build recreational tennis courts and playground for families, I support open spaces and a balanced budget and I would establish a rainy-day fund. I want the council to be more transparent and communicate better with the citizens.

Contact: 720 984-8332; treibert@yahoo.com; Twitter: @treibertjames; Web: treibertkarl.wixsite.com/mayor

Please describe your leadership style in three words.

Honest Direct Communicate

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

Experience with the public sector and able to work together with agreements or disagreements.

Please list your top three priorities if elected.

Smart Growth, Respect the Family, Balanced budget

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

I would listen to their needs to help them preserve their way life. Consider the amount of automobile traffic can affect their life. Improve or Maintain the way they live their lives. Establish a city budget with a rainy-day fund as well balancing the budget so residents have a bright future.

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 would ask the residents of Thornton what they prefer. Depends where they build them regarding the zoning and how these oil and gas developments affect the residents health. Best left to the County Government not the state or big oil corporations.

Janifer Kulmann

14824 Fillmore Way, Thornton

Background: I'm Jan Kulmann and I am running to be Mayor of Thornton. For almost six years I have served as a Ward 4 Councilmember. Since early 2018 I've also served as Mayor Pro Tem. During my time on council I have been a strong advocate locally and regionally for public safety, water security, transportation solutions and smart economic development. I'm a proven leader for all of Thornton with a voting record to show it.

Contact: 720 440-7250; JanK4Mayor@gmail.com; Facebook: councilmemberjankulmann; Web: www.JanKulmann.com

Please describe your leadership style in three words.

Inclusive, Transparent and Efficient

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

As a 20-year licensed professional engineer, I have the technical knowledge needed to manage a growing city. I can balance development with necessary infrastructure investments, plan ahead to ensure water security for years to come and work collaboratively to solve the headache that is our transportation system from I-25 to our neighborhood streets. These skills have enabled me to be successful on the School Board, City Council and as Thornton's next Mayor.

Please list your top three priorities if elected.

My priority is bringing our community together and encouraging respectful dialogue and civility with each other. This has been missing in recent history and for our community to thrive, it must be restored. Additionally, I want to improve public, local and regional transportation issues; Continue to advance public safety to ensure our kids, families and community are safe; Manage growth in a smart way the protects our current way of life and supports local investment.

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

To take advantage of this economic growth opportunity responsibly will take a collaborative effort. That means bringing people together and respecting all individuals along with their ideas and concerns. I am committed to and have a record of working with business, developers and most importantly, the citizens, to make sure that we are preserving the Thornton we all love while at the same time working to better our local economy and our quality of life.

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?

It is important for state and local governments to collaborate whenever any regulations are considered to ensure the best decisions are made. While all current oil and gas operations in our area are outside of Thornton and in Adams County, I am confident that my background in the oil and gas industry to ensure operations are performed safely will serve as a benefit to the community if there is proposed activity within Thornton.

Steven Cervantes

PO Box 29261, Thornton

Background: I am a 26-year resident, graduate of Thornton High School and progressive candidate running for Mayor to protect the health, welfare and safety of every resident of Thornton through affordable housing, clean energy and high paying jobs. This starts with ensuring our community is powered by renewable energy and being consciously aware of developments that meet the needs of the community so that we are not developing for the sake of development.

Contact: 720 432-8233; steven4thornton@gmail.com; Facebook: steven4thornton; Twitter: @steven4thornton; Instagram: steven4thorntonco; Snapchat: @steven4thornton; Web: www.steven4thornton.com

Please describe your leadership style in three words.

Honest, Accountable, Inquisitive

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

I have valuable skills that allow me to handle complex situations involving ambiguity, criticism, complex rules and regulations and changes to industry regulation, all while leading others with a positive and adaptive mentality and a strong desire to succeed. These are all necessities when taking the city in a new direction. I am willing to make the tough decisions that will benefit Thornton, its residents and businesses long-term while not being short sighted in nature.

Please list your top three priorities if elected.

The top issues in the city are affordable housing, environmental issues and transportation. Our elderly are affected by the lack of transit options and poor air quality stemming from Adams and Weld County fracking. The city is far behind neighboring cities concerning recycling and clean energy adoption and the city's housing options are limited and concentrated in the southern part of the city. There is plenty of room for improvement.

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

Capital improvement projects will bring high paying jobs to the city for the short term but for the foreseeable future. This requires a renewed and focused effort to capital improvement projects while not spreading resources too.

Balance needs to be struck by bringing in the community during the onset of potential developments. It's important that we are able to see the value in the development. Often times it seems like we are developing to develop.

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 would ban oil and gas development within the city. The state has long proven to side with oil and gas but SB 19-181 has given local control to minimize adverse impacts and to prioritize the public's health, safety and welfare and the environment.

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