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The City of Longmont, is governed by a seven member Council. The Mayor is elected to serve a two-year term and each Council member is elected to serve a four-year term. Two selections will be made by electors this election.The Mayor and Council members are the leaders and policy makers in the community elected to represent various segments of the community and to concentrate on policy issues that are responsive to residents' needs and wishes.Electors can expect to see the following City Council positions on their ballot: Mayor, two year term ending November 2019 Two Council Members, At Large, four year terms ending November 2021 Council Member, Ward 2, four year term ending November 2021
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    Polly Christensen Longmont City Council Member at Large

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    Cathy Jarrett Retired Special Education Teacher

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    Alex Sammoury Vice President of Sales and OperationsE

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What are the three major issues the City faces in the next five years?

How would you ensure that City policy discussions and decisions incorporate the voices of people who are living in poverty, experiencing racial discrimination or are otherwise disenfranchised?

Explain why you feel it is or is not necessary to acquire additional water storage for the City?

It has been 17 years since the campaign finance rules were written. Do the need changing? How would you change them?

Background Forty years experience in publishing, private sector, public sector, and running my own business. Retired from CU-Boulder as Managing Editor and Art Director
Contact e-mail pollyan@indra.com
Contact phone 303-678-1397
Our three greatest challenges are: 1) Rebuilding our flood-damaged river corridor. It is essential for Longmont's safety that we finish river corridor flood mitigation; we are currently about $58M short. This repair must place the natural wildlife and free recreation of the greenway before any development. 2) Creating housing that is affordable for Longmont's median individual wage of under $30,000 (U.S. Census). The national housing crisis is the result of bad public policy started in the 1980s. The answers are not simple or fast. Unavailability of housing and homelessness is inextricably linked to lack of mental healthcare, lack of public housing, flat wages since 1972, and a hollowing out of the middle class. 3) Protecting the civil rights of ALL Longmont's residents, despite an increased climate nationally and locally of intolerance and physical and verbal attack. The right of everyone of goodwill to equal opportunities and justice is under attack, and we must stand together.
1) I always encourage residents to speak at city council or write us. 2) I wrote a resolution to defend our Constitutional rights and community values; I insisted upon City Council having a discussion of Longmont as a sanctuary city and what the rights of Longmont's undocumented residents were; I called for City Council to urge our county, state, and national representatives to pass the Dream Act comprehensive immigration reform. 4) I have walked with the Chief of Public Safety and a longtime member of the Latino community to talk with residents about their concerns. 5) I will increase my efforts to get more members of our local unheard voices on boards and commissions and into elected positions. 6) For residents to spend their time coming to or writing City Council, they must feel respected and heard. Members of Council are being disrespectful and negligent if they are playing Candy Crush, looking at family pictures, or checking their business email while citizens are speaking.
The Windy Gap Storage Facility is a complex issue. This project has planned for 20 years, so it will be built. This facility is ONLY FOR EXCESS water storage, not as a primary reservoir. Obviously, there would be no excess water in dry years. The ballot issue is whether to pay for it using a bond. Council was told by staff that the Public Works Dept. engineers and an outside engineer had studied the issue extensively considering multiple scenarios from 130,000 residents ("buildout") to multiple year droughts, etc. and recommended that Longmont participate at 6,000 acre feet, which would be more than adequate for our future needs. The Water Board (who are interested citizens, not engineers) recommended we participate at 10,000 acre feet. City staff also told us that at 6,000 acre feet, water rates would not have to be raised for this project because they had saved enough in their reserve fund over the years. Another bond as interest rates rise may be fiscally unwise.
The campaign finance laws definitely need changing. 1.) We need an oversight committee. There is no one to objectively investigate or penalize gross violations. There seems to be a lot of underground money floating about but no way to hold anyone accountable. 2) The separate limits of $240 per human and $610 per legal fiction (business) need to be reduced so that businesses do not have more rights (and influence) than living human beings. Lower it to $210 for all. Put a cap of $16,000 on total contributions per candidate, otherwise it is completely out of hand. One current candidate for mayor has a "war chest" of $40,000. This places the whole election on a pay-to-play basis, and poor and middle class people cannot possibly run. 3) The ethics rules of elected officials need to be non-voluntary. This is the basis of the corruption of finance rules. We cannot have people voting on Council whose paid day job is to help businesses lobby for right wing ALEC model legislation.
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Background In high school, I was a volunteer at the Ridge State Home and Training School where I helped care for developmentally disabled children. Due to my numerous volunteer hours I was chosen to be Colorado’s representative to the National Youth Conference on Mental Retardation. I also tutored other high school students in math and science. During college, I helped rescue lost and stranded people as a member of the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group. After earning two degrees from CU, I enjoyed working as a Special Education teacher in the St. Vrain Valley School District. Over the years I have also been a cashier at Elitch Gardens, a rock climbing instructor, an ambulance driver and attendant, a nurse’s aide, an administrative assistant for a non-profit organization, and one of the founders of Twin Peaks Charter Academy.
Contact e-mail crjrtt@msn.com
Contact phone 303-776-8513
First, we need to provide a safe and reliable water supply for our city. We live in a semi-desert. Periodic droughts and an increasing population necessitate keeping the water we already own from flowing away without being used. The water that we buy from others is not secure. We need to provide more storage for our own water. Secondly, we need to maintain our infrastructure and continue the recovery from the 2013 flood. In addition, unfunded mandates from the federal government to update our wastewater treatment facilities will be costly. Thirdly, we need to balance growth in employment and housing. Our city policies need to encourage both large and small businesses, as well as a variety of housing options that people of various income levels can afford. Since the city is almost completely surrounded by open space, there is not a lot of land left for new houses. Accessory dwelling units on existing lots and small basic apartments and condos can be part of the solution.
City policy discussions are advertised in various media including the Internet which is available at the public library and anyone can attend the meetings. Any citizen can apply to be on most boards that advise the city council on various topics. (A few have special requirements.) The city council meetings where many decisions are made include a time for anyone to speak to the council. I cannot force people to participate in the opportunities that are available to all. I do understand that some people have more time than others. We all must make decisions about the priorities in our lives.
We live in a semi-desert. Colorado has experienced many droughts through the years. One drought in the 12th century lasted 100 years. In the years between 1820 and 1840 there was another severe drought. The later 1880's were wetter than average and people thought that the rainfall then would always be there. It did not last and many farm crops failed. More recently we had a drought in the early 2000's. The growing population of our city will increase the need for water even as conservation techniques improve. We are buying water which may not always be available. Water that we do own is flowing downstream because we do not have enough storage capacity. For less than $2/month on each water bill we have the opportunity to participate with other cities in building an additional reservoir. Approving this slight increase will provide water for current and future generations of Longmont residents.
The current campaign rules restrict the amount of money a candidate can receive from any person or organization. However, independent expenditures can be made for or against a candidate without any limits if they do not coordinate with a candidate or the candidate's committee. This does not allow the candidate to have control over his or her campaign. I suggest that the amount of money a candidate can receive be unlimited, but that every donation continue to be reported where people can see who is donating to the campaign. Also all of the independent expenditures of any person or group should be available for all to see.
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Background Entrepreneur, high tech executive
Contact e-mail alex@alexsammoury.com
Contact phone 3035796752
The three major issues that the city will face in the next five years are growth, transportation and infrastructure. Due to the influx of tech jobs to Boulder County demand for housing has increased dramatically causing pricing of homes to increase steadily. Longmont has been and will continue to experience the effects of this demand for the foreseeable future. This demand has created a highly competitive market driving pricing of homes and rental units higher making it harder for lower wage earners to afford living in Longmont. To address this issue Staff and Council need to collaborate with developers that specialize in constructing affordable housing housing units. The increase in growth and populations will place significant pressure on the roads increasing the traffic congestion. The city needs to be proactive in improving various forms of transportation specifically bus service within the city limits.
The city has an outstanding Human Services Department that works closely with a variety of local non profit organization focused on the needs of those in poverty or are disenfranchised. El Committe, Intercambio, Our Centre, and other organization keep city staff informed and engaged with the issues facing those that are living in poverty, experiencing racial discrimination. Our Police Chief and Mr. Dan Benavidez a community leader walk in the neighborhoods and have conversation with the people to make sure they are not experiencing any issues. Council as well as staff are available to meet with, listen to and take appropriate action when made aware of circumstances that have a negative effect on the less fortunate.
We all buy insurance, health, home, car and life etc. for that just in case instance. I feel that acquiring additional water is insurance for the future growth and needs of the community. Our projected growth is 120,000 residents, however, we may exceed that number and when we do it will be in everyone's interest for the city to have adequate water supply to meet the needs of the increased population.
I don't believe that any change is necessary at this time.

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