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    Chelsea Behanna Middle School Principal

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    Allen Bishop President, CEO

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    Jamie Harkins Sustainability Coordinator

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    Dana Kusjanovic Entrepreneur

  • JD Mangat

  • Merrily Mazza

  • Ashley E. Neumann This candidate for Lafayette City Council withdrew their candidacy after certified content was deliver to Boulder County. Votes for this candidates will NOT be counted.

  • Andrew J. O'Connor Attorney

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    Gustavo Reyna Mayor Pro-Tem; Market Development at Intel

  • Cliff Smedley

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    Jarrett Tishmack General Contractor

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    John William Watson Licensed insurance broker

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    Richard Welty Vice President, Trebol Soccer Club

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    Brian Wong Director of Talent and Business Operations

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

How can the City address the needs of its aging population and provide quality emergency services?

What are your thoughts about having Lafayette impose stricter campaign finance rules?

What sort of protections or restrictions on oil and gas development would you support, if any?

Background Though I was born near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and am a Steelers fan through and through, my family moved to Boulder in 1980. After attending Foothills Elementary School, Casey Junior High School and Boulder High School (Class of 1987), I matriculated to the University of Colorado at Boulder. I began my undergraduate work in the field of biology but eventually earned a Bachelors Degree in Sociology with a minor in Criminology (Class of 1991). Through an internship at Attention Homes I discovered a true drive to work with at risk youth through the public education system. After earning my Masters Degree in Instruction & Curriculum from the University of Colorado at Boulder (Class of 1993), I began my teaching career in the Adams County 14 School District in Commerce City and was fortunate to "loop" with my students through 6th, 7th and 8th grade. That first group of students taught me everything I needed to know about teaching: Love is always the answer for kids! After a few more years in Commerce City, I moved to Ohio where I taught two years of high school English in the Tech Prep program at a rural high school. I took multiple classes to learn to integrate technology into instruction and soon accepted a position with The Ohio State University passing on that knowledge to pre-service and in-service educators. During that two years I traveled the state getting to know the unique needs of a variety of schools and tailoring professional development plans to help them meet their instructional goals. Just as I began to pine for the Flatirons, a new position was created in Adams 12 Five Star Schools that was perfect for me. I became one of the founding members of the iTec team which delivered professional development designed to support the seamless integration of technology and contributed to the design of new schools with the technology necessary to deliver cutting edge instruction. As K-12 education funding began to decline, I saw the writing on the wall as far as reduction of special programs and returned to school in order to discover new opportunities. I earned my Educational Leadership Certificate through the University of Denver in 2006 then quickly earned a position as assistant principal at Rocky Top Middle School where I am still a leader today. Principal there for the past 8 years, I tackle every day with an incredibly positive attitude as this dynamic work environment keeps me on my toes. Through my vocation as an educator, I have experienced the far reaching impact of incredible growth---we welcomed nearly 1400 sixth, seventh and eighth graders to our middle school building at the start of this school year. This means creating more teaching spaces even when every classroom is full, greater demand on the custodial staff to maintain the beautiful building and increased need for structures that ensure a safe and secure school---all with very little increase to the nearly $5 million budget Chelsea manages annually. I facilitate an environment of open communication with parents and community members while empowering a staff of over 100 to take the informed risks necessary to result in consistently high student achievement. Upon return from an immersion experience in Cuernavaca, Mexico, I discovered there was an open seat on Lafayette's City Council. After conferring with my daughters' Grandma & GrandPam, huge components in our family's life, I applied for the Council vacancy. I was interviewed and appointed by a diverse Council and sworn into office in August, 2016 to serve the balance of the vacated term. Throughout this year I has made every effort to educate myself in many areas but most especially in the area of Public Works. After participating in the Western Slope water tour and spending time at each of Lafayette’s public service facilities, I have a great understanding of what it takes to keep Lafayette's roads in top condition regardless of the snowfall, our clean water flowing at the right pressure and the necessity of a diversified water portfolio to meet the increasing needs of our drier and drier climate. My daughters and I have lived in the Beacon Hill neighborhood since 2001. Lacey, now 24, is attending the University of Colorado at Denver studying music business and 10 year old Josie, a budding actress, is a fifth grader at Escuela Bilingue Pioneer. Together we enjoy bicycling on the paths around Lafayette, shopping in Old Town, dining frequently at favorite restaurants along Public Road and experiencing The Arts Hub.
Contact phone 303.900.8281
Climate protection and clean energy, attainable housing and open space are three of the major issues we face in the near future. With so little land still available in Lafayette, it is imperative that we protect as much of it as possible by purchasing land as permanent open space. The Legacy tax allows us to save money for just that purpose as land becomes available, just as we did with the Mayhoffer land. If there is more housing to be added on that ever-waning supply of land, it must be attainable. We need places our teachers and fire fighters and postal workers can afford to live within the city in which they work! Finally, we are setting an aggressive goal to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 and to commit to 100% renewable energy by 2030. We need capable, engaged and passionate advocates for our climate on Council in order to create an effective plan of action and for which we can hold ourselves accountable in the years to come.
Right now we're in a deep discussion of ambulance services and whether for-profit facilities for seniors should pay a fee when they build in Lafayette. I think this information was unclear to many and there was a general belief that we were addressing the problem to senior centers and senior living facilities provided through Boulder County, but that's not the case. However, I believe we really need to examine our ambulance service with a higher level of scrutiny. Our emergency responders are amazingly prompt and efficient in meeting the needs of our community, but the City is rather a mess as far as fee collection and balancing the budget around these services. I am very interested in looking at the option of converting our ambulance service with the support of taxpayers throughout the city. As is mentioned in the question, we have an aging population who is likely to support this shift in public service.
This question is the first time I've considered this issue. I believe, with every Council seat being at-large, it may be a good idea to level the playing field. I know many candidates, like me, who had pretty small campaign budgets but achieved mighty things on a shoestring budget by spending most of our time knocking on doors and talking to constituents. However, there are likely other candidates with much larger campaign accounts who are able to create more flashy advertising around town. The bottom line is that voters don't cast their ballot for yard signs and banners; they want to know what we each believe in and how we plan to represent them equitably throughout our time on Council. It doesn't cost anything to chat with folks in order to convey a sense of our true selves!
I support every protection and restriction possible in the effort to keep our people and our planet healthy and safe. After voting in favor of the Climate Bill of Rights this past spring, I am committed to upholding that community-supported resolution no matter what the view of the oil and gas industry. This likely means we will have to go to court to support our community and that is a commitment our Council has made to the community. However, I firmly believe we need a multi-pronged approach to ensure protection for our community. This week we'll consider a moratorium which would simply serve to provide more time for us to put as many regulations as possible in place. I will also be protesting alongside my neighbors at the COGCC hearing to determine the fate of the proposed permits. Finally, I encourage everyone to work to get the right legislators in the open Senate seats as well as into the office of Governor in order to implement change at the state level...where it really counts!
Background Allen Bishop is a natural born public servant who began serving his country in his early years as a non-commissioned officer in the United States Air Force. His service in the Air Force provided a foundation of honor, integrity, service and leadership which has served him well throughout his military and personal life. Throughout Allen’s civilian career, he held a variety of leadership positions in both small and large organizations throughout Boulder County, working at NBI Inc., Burroughs/Graftek, Aspen Peripherals, Aweida Systems Group, and NRC. With a plethora of complementary business and technical knowledge, Allen took an entrepreneurial path by starting up companies in Boulder County, which included: Automated Storage Inc. (ASI), a robotic tape storage systems company, where it gained international recognition resulting in its acquisition by a European investment group. He then founded VisionTEK, designing and developing mobile software applications for law enforcement. Following VisionTEK, he was recruited as a CEO to bring a national data storage company back to profitability during a very challenging financial period from 2004-2010. After 6 years and sustained profitability Allen felt it was time to re-enter the start-up environment once again with the founding of Reference Technologies, designing and distributing high end Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Allen’s new company, Reference Technologies, opened its doors in 2012 and remains located in Lafayette where it continues today. Aside from his business endeavors, Allen believes strongly in community service. In 2008 he joined Boulder County Amateur Radio Emergency Services, (BCARES) a non-profit organization, where he served for 6 years as its chairman and leader. He has been a member of the Boulder County Sheriff's Office for over 8 years as a Reserve Volunteer where he continues to support the agency's SWAT - Technical Team. Recently, Allen joined the Boulder Emergency Squad as a FAA Certified "drone/UAV" pilot and serves on two non-profit boards of directors. To convey his passion for technology and encourage students to consider a technical career, Mr. Bishop has been a long time contributor to STEM programs in Boulder County and Adams K8 STEM School. Allen and his wife Cindy Bishop have been married for 32 years and make their home in the community of Indian Peaks in Lafayette, serving at Flatirons Community Church for over 13 years as a member of the security team and guest services - respectively. They have three sons and three grandsons. Allen is a servant-leader who is highly respected among his peers and colleagues within the organizations in which he works and the neighborhoods and community of Lafayette. His many official commendations and awards for service may be found on the photos page of the campaign website.
Contact phone (303) 437-7835
1. Traffic Congestion – Lafayette is currently a main artery for traffic flow from Erie, Boulder and Broomfield communities. In addition, during special events such as Brew-Fest, Art-Walk, Peach and Oatmeal Festivals, the lack of parking space has become nearly prohibitive to hosting these important business and cultural events. 2. Limited Income – Lafayette will soon be “land-locked” with little or no prospects for new development in either residential or business growth. An additional threat to our income is the solicitation of current businesses to move to surrounding communities. As an example, the loss of Kingsoopers to Erie will result in the loss of approximately $1.3M in sales tax. 3. Affordable Housing – At the present rate of property value increases, the median price of entry level homes will outpace the ability of new families to enter the home ownership market. The city needs to incorporate an “affordable housing” plan to allow local workers to live where they work.
The current City Council plan is to implement a moratorium to prohibit new housing developments for our senior citizens. The excuse is predicated on a report that purports an increase in medical service calls to local senior centers is having a negative effect on the city’s emergency resources. The fact of the matter is these calls will occur regardless of whether or not a senior citizen is living in a single family home or a senior center community. In actuality, there is a case to be made that emergency calls to a senior center have a level of predictability as to the resources you need to send for each call. Current practice indicates that a call to a single family residence often requires two fire engines, two police vehicles and an ambulance due to the unknown situation. Dispatch records indicate that a call to a senior center does not require the same resources as that needed for an unknown area. Singling out senior citizens is biased, prejudicial and unacceptable.
In today’s political environment, running for public office requires a substantial financial investment by those who have made the decision to serve their communities. Many good candidates choose to not participate due to the costs necessary to be able to successfully present their candidacy. By allowing candidates to solicit campaign funds, ensures that everyone has a fair and reasonable chance to compete with those who may have the personal resources required. I believe all candidates should be required to report the sources and amounts of donations including a detailed description as to their use.
Energy extraction in the vicinity of residences, schools and other gathering places of people should not be supported. However, we do have an exposure to well heads that are drilled from neighboring communities. Horizontal drilling allows a well to setup in one area and extract from another with distances in excess of a mile or more. Setbacks that regulate where a well head can be dropped only addresses the physical location of the well. What also matters is where the drill-bit ends up. First and foremost we do not have the financial where with-all to finance legal challenges. We can however, use an incremental approach such as a requirement that horizontal drilling must halt at the sub-surface boundary of the city. We should also consider the insurance aspect where we require the energy company to carry substantial liability policies for the duration of well production. This coverage is for the land owner and covers structures, health and interruption of the quality of life.
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Background Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Boulder, working on energy and climate policy, planning projects, and innovation pilot projects. Current Commissioner on the Lafayette Urban Renewal Authority, working to redevelop our downtown core. Board of Directors at New Era Colorado, a non-partisan political youth engagement organization and the largest youth voter registration in the country. Former Boulder County Cultural Council Commissioner. Advocate for progressive causes at the local and state level, including energy/climate change, reproductive rights, immigration reform, and LGBT equality. I would be honored to serve as Lafayette's first opening LGBT councilor.
Contact e-mail jamie@jamieharkins.com
Contact phone 720-432-4128
Twitter @jamieharkins
1) Energy-which for me includes absolutely stopping fracking in our community and boldly moving towards a clean energy future. I will pursue all actionable strategies to stop oil and gas development, and work to implement climate & energy solutions that are accessible to all. We also need to work at a state level and with Xcel on the supply side of our energy use, as our current power supply is heavily dependent on fossil fuels. 2) Managing Growth-Knowing some growth will happen, I'm passionate about shaping it and ensuring new developments serve our community and do not contribute to gentrification. I want to ensure we retain the character that makes Lafayette special through strong design and preserving open space, and keep our diversity. 3) Affordable Housing-Echoing my point above, we need more creative solutions to ensure we have a variety of housing options for all income levels. I'm especially interested in middle income solutions in addition to permanently affordable units.
Addressing our aging population will be key for the city to focus on--starting now. We need a variety of housing options so that seniors can age in place, transportation solutions, and other services that are ready to serve this part of our community. My mother works in senior care right here in Lafayette, so I have a special insight into what works in our community and what doesn't. We need to look at some short term solutions for addressing the rising costs of emergency services situation (though I'm not in favor of charging users more), but in the long term need to be strategic about this issue and ensure we are focusing our economic development on attracting businesses that will contribute to our sales tax revenue to support these services.
I would be in favor of this - many cities have campaign contribution limits and matching funds programs so that all candidates are on equal playing fields.
As a Lafayette City Councilor, I will pursue any and all actionable strategies–legal, regulatory, community organizing, and political–that I feel will legitimately stand a chance of ending this practice. I support defending our Climate Bill of Rights in court, while at the same time pursuing regulatory changes that protect us should that court challenge fail. I also believe that robust community organizing and protest will be required. You can read more thoughts of mine on this critical topic on my website blog at: http://www.jamieharkins.com/thoughts-oil-gas-development-lafayette/
Background I worked in education for 25 years, including Boulder High School, the University of Northern Colorado, and the University of Colorado Boulder. I worked as a coach, teacher and administrator, retiring from CU in 2015 from the position of Assistant Director of Customer Service, Marketing and Outreach. I have a BA in Communication and an MA in Administration, and have lead both sports and administrative teams to the highest levels. My soccer teams have won two Conference Championships and finished 7th in the NCAA National Tournament. My administrative teams have lead the four CU Campuses to end user ease-of-use, and accessibility for student services. I am Hispanic, my father was born in Bolivia, and I am Jewish on my mother’s side. I have sole custody of my two adopted boys who are 8 and 10 and attend Lafayette Elementary. I owned a successful business, Boulderwear Silkscreen and Design, for 10 years, which I sold for a profit. I am a longtime Lafayette resident, homeowner, and volunteer. I have lived here for 12 years. I currently volunteer at Sister Carmen, Lafayette Elementary, coach youth soccer , and have done so for many years. I also serve as a City of Lafayette Planning Commissioner. My strengths are in leadership, building relationships, conflict resolution, and strategic planning. I am a proactive planner. I look at potential problems head-on, and plan accordingly. Being prepared has been a large factor in my athletic and administrative success.
Contact e-mail dana.kusjanovic@gmail.com
Contact phone 720 759 9855
Twitter @KusjanovicD
1. Growth and development (workforce housing, affordable housing, open space, etc) 2. fracking 3. Hiring a City Manager 4.Infrastructure (water, sewers, streets, alleys, cell phone service and traffic). Maintaining commercial and residential zones which let us keep our small town charm AND our police, fire, roads, sewers, library, parks, art and culture etc is critical. A 2% to 3 % annual growth rate with effective zoning is crucial. We need affordable, attainable & workforce housing. The juxtaposition of not wanting density versus needing more housing exists.

My solutions: *Revisit the new Old Town building codes & allow families to grow in place *Double the ADU sq foot from 750 to 1500 via basements, & add to R1 code *Preserve only truly historic, & a new user friendly affordable easy to use process *A transparent national search for City Manager *Tasteful cell boosters *More open space for buffer zones, wildlife and solar *Bi-annual street, sewer, traffic study & budget as needed
1. Promote aging in place by expanding homes and flexibility with codes 2. Expand the size and flexibility and zoning of the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) 3. More senior living facilities 4. More variety in senior care 5. Efficient city billing for ambulance use to recoup reimbursements already made to patients by insurance companies,

*Encourage flexibility with building codes to allow wider hallways, shower access, zero entry, and main level bedrooms and bathrooms without punishing the homeowner with smaller setbacks and limited lot coverage *Increase size and modify building codes for Accessory Dwelling Units so families can age together affordably, and expand to R1 zones. A win/win I proposed to current Council that was not approved. *More senior living i.e. Affinity *More memory care and rehab facilities for seniors *Hire a bill collector to recover ambulance use that has been reimbursed to the patient, yet not passed on to the city for services rendered. Close this loophole
We are a small town and hopefully we will select City Council members who are longtime residents who thoroughly understand our issues, are actively invested in our community, have the life skills and experience, are capable, and are seeking office for the benefit of Lafayette and not for personal or political gain or advancement.

Currently I question our residency requirements and our campaign finance rules because they may permit or encourage outside interest, political or otherwise. I don’t think that the rules need to be stricter, however, they could be more effective in assisting Lafayette to elect candidates that are suited and qualified to serve, who would do so effectively without political or financial motivation.

We do need to create a level playing field. I would support an assessment and review of our current rules and a comparison to other similar sized cities and consider adopting recommendations that are in the best interest of Lafayette.
I will support measures that will be effective against fracking, including constitutional local, state, and national legislation. I also support alternate energy use and a reduction in current energy use. We need a unified front against fracking. I propose an ad-hoc City Council Sub Committee with legal and industry experts to research this issue and report findings to council monthly. Creative measures should be looked at, including, examining how New York successfully banned fracking, limiting access to water, the consideration of building outdoor sports/soccer fields to act as a buffer zone to housing neighborhoods, and working with neighboring cities, counties and state to make effective and lawful changes in legislation. Lafayette attendance at the Boulder County Consortium of Cities would have been a good start. Our very limited presence and numerous absences at these meetings over the last three years is not acceptable.
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Background This candidate for Lafayette City Council withdrew their candidacy after certified content was deliver to Boulder County. Votes for this candidates will NOT be counted.
This candidate for Lafayette City Council withdrew their candidacy after certified content was deliver to Boulder County. Votes for this candidates will NOT be counted.
This candidate for Lafayette City Council withdrew their candidacy after certified content was deliver to Boulder County. Votes for this candidates will NOT be counted.
This candidate for Lafayette City Council withdrew their candidacy after certified content was deliver to Boulder County. Votes for this candidates will NOT be counted.
This candidate for Lafayette City Council withdrew their candidacy after certified content was deliver to Boulder County. Votes for this candidates will NOT be counted.
Background I have lived here since 1994. I am married with a 9 year daughter who attends local public school. I attended Vanderbilt University and I have a BA and JD. I worked as an assistant public defender nd drug court attorney in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Tampa, Florida. In Denver, I have worked for law firms helping homeowners facing foreclosure by suing banks and did most of the legal work resulting in the largest settlement against City of Denver police department for police brutality. I am interested in social justice.
Contact e-mail oconnorandrew@hotmail.com
Contact phone 303-882-1693
1. Keep oil and gas development or fracking out of the City of Lafayette. 2. Regulate and manage growth. 3. Preserve and enhance the quality of life in Lafayette.
By offering services, outreach and making programs available, accessible and affordable to seniors. In order to provide quality emergency services the for profit senior communities must be required pay their fair share when their developments burdens infrastructure. The for profit senior business sector cannot be allowed to make profits at the expense of the citizens of Lafayette; i.e., the people of Lafayette will not subsidize the profits of businesses. Business must act as good and responsible neighbors and support the community.
It is a good idea. Corporations and wealthy individuals undermine democracy when they buy candidates. Campaigns should not be won or lost based on the amount of money an individual has or raises because then the integrity of the democratic process will be compromised. Stricter and transparent campaign finance rules will go a long way toward restoring integrity to the process.
The City must protect the safety, health and welfare of the people from the existential threat that racking poses. Fracking must be banned within the City limits and cannot be allowed anywhere near schools or homes. I support one mile setbacks from schools and homes. I support stringent mapping requirements of oil and gas pipelines and they must be public record and easily accessible. I support strict noise, light and odor ordinances with steep fines for violations. Stringent requirements for continual monitoring of contamination of air, ground water, waste water and soil with costs borne entirely by oil and gas companies. Requiring oil and gas companies to post one million dollar bonds, per well, carry insurance policies for cleanup and explosions like Firestone where two people were incinerated. The City Attorney must counter sue oil and gas, file for injunctive relief in Federal Court an push back against unconstitutional State preemption doctrine which undermines local democracy.
Background Gustavo works as a global market development professional in the computer industry.  He enables American companies to understand and localize their message to many cultures and business environments. He serves in the Intel Diversity and Inclusion team to ensure that the work environment is welcoming and respectful of all people. Locally, Gustavo is one of the few Latino elected officials in Boulder County.  He was elected to the Lafayette City Council in 2013 and was voted to serve as the Mayor Pro-Tem of Lafayette, a position that he currently holds.  Gustavo was the top vote getter among the newly elected City Council members in Lafayette, a reflection of the confidence in his work from the community and his commitment to the development of an inclusive community in Lafayette. He works as the City Council liaison with the Lafayette Youth Advisory Committee and the Cultural Arts Commission and was instrumental in the creation of the new Lafayette Human Rights Commission. He also serves in the Lafayette Community Engagement initiative in collaboration with the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Communities That Care Program in collaboration with Boulder County Public Health. As a Latino member of the Lafayette City Council, Gustavo represents a significant portion of the Lafayette community that has remained silent and marginalized.  He ensures that social and economic issues that are important to economically disadvantaged people are discussed and included in the City Council goals.  He has successfully ensured that funding is provided for youth and for social programs.  He continues to work with a number of County organizations to ensure that our boards and commissions are more inclusive and representative.  He also works with County organizations that address issues of immigration, early childhood education, environmental stewardship and arts and culture. Gustavo has contributed significant value and leadership in a period of unprecedented progress and prosperity in Lafayette. His accomplishments include the resolution ensuring equal protection and rights for all; the ordinance to increase the amount of land that developers must dedicate to parks and open spaces; the creation of the Peer Empowerment youth leadership program, the resolution establishing Indigenous People's Day, the creation of the Human Rights Commission, banning neonicotinoids from city open spaces and parks, the Climate Bill of Rights to assert the residents’ right to a healthy environment, the ordinance protecting the small-town character of old town from massive development. With council, he supported the purchase of the Mayhoffer property for permanent open space and the land for a permanently affordable community east of old town, created the Arts Collective and many smaller actions that have resulted in a virtual renaissance in downtown Lafayette with new restaurants and small businesses.
Contact e-mail gustavoreyna@msn.com
Contact phone 720 272 9195
Sensible growth management that preserves the character of our town and assures the quality of life of our residents. Maintaining the growth rate to less than 3% and focusing on livability, walkability and urban renewal should also be part of this sensible growth plan. Second is affordable housing. Protecting the diverse population in the community, including development of permanently affordable housing for our working residents at the eastern edge of town. Lafayette is a diverse community but a very fragmented community. Few candidates are aware of the degree of injustice, poverty and inequity in our community. Awareness of the needs of the underrepresented minorities and providing equal services for all is a third priority, very close in importance to protection of our environment, health and safety from unwanted oil and gas development. Both, important human rights issues
Addressing the needs of our aging population are goals directly related to availability of affordable housing and access to services. The city’s collaboration and support for Boulder County and local non-profit organization initiatives and programs can ensure that we provide quality services, nutrition, transportation, social engagement and healthcare. The city provides outstanding public safety services and ambulance services to all our residents with very fast response times. The city council has established a moratorium for the licensing of new for-profit assisted care facilities in order to properly assess and determine the impact fees necessary to support the emergency services required for these facilities. This enables the city to adequately staff and equip first responders to continue providing a high level of service to all the residents.
This election has brought to light the need for Lafayette to implement more specific and strict campaign finance rules. Although there are limitations to the individual contributions and financing for an individual candidate's campaign, there needs to be better oversight and governance over the subvert business support of pro-business, pro-developer candidates who will represent the interest of a few for-profit and real state development companies rather than serving the needs and interests of the residents. We have already experienced how this influx of money and sponsorship has amplified fallacies and fear mongering in an attempt to establish a narrative favorable to the business interests of a few and the suppression of the rights of the community. Although this has existed in previous elections at an individual level, the business sponsorship of a block of candidates to capture the majority dominance of the city council is a very dangerous precedent.
First and foremost, the Lafayette Climate Bill of Right asserts our right to a healthy environment, free from all activities that interfere with the health and safety of all residents, and our position that oil and gas development infringe upon our right to life, liberty and property. This is the fundamental assertion upon which we are building a comprehensive approach that includes code modifications. mapping, regulation and setbacks of flow lines and distribution lines, alignment with the requirements and restrictions implemented in Boulder County, alignment with all the other cities and counties in the front range to present a united battlefront and leveraging the legal precedent recently upheld by the Colorado Court of Appeals that prioritizes the protection of public health, safety and welfare, including our environment and wildlife resources, over oil and gas development. Ultimately the people might need to come together and fight for our rights and the rights of our children.
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Background I lived the first five years of my life in Albuquerque N.M. but I later grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado. I graduated from the International Baccalaureate program in high school and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management from CSU in 2005. Around this time I was very interested in high altitude mountaineering, and I completed some notable first ascents in the Andes. I met my wife Tania on a climbing trip in Argentina in 2006 when we began to teach each other our native languages. I worked for the U.S. Forest Service as a research technician and firefighter throughout my 20’s, and it always paralleled my interest in environmental issues. Along with this passion, I was appointed to a term on the Larimer County Environmental Advisory Board which provided me an introduction in the workings of local government. Tania and I moved to old town Lafayette in 2011, and we began fixing up a 1908 miner’s cabin. It’s still a work in progress! In the last few years, I became interested in the niche sport of ocean channel swimming. I have since completed multiple channel crossings, two of which had never been done before. After working at Ball Aerospace in environmental compliance for five years, I became a general residential contractor. I now work on home remodels in this area.
Contact e-mail jtishmack1@gmail.com
Contact phone 720-366-9329
Fracking, Growth and Development, and Open Space. These are three distinct issues, but they are, of course, intertwined. Lafayette is facing a critical inflection point in the next couple of years. We have the opportunity to shape who we are and define our values through our actions. Fracking, by far, is the most imminent and critical of all matters facing our city this decade. Not surprisingly, there is a strong consensus that oil and gas extraction near our town is not a good fit. We should resist fracking plans with the same fervor that we would for a mine tailings pond or a chemical plant on the edge of town. Lafayette will inevitably experience some degree of population and housing growth in the coming years. A hands-on approach to steering this growth toward smart projects will enable us to create a viable town that is defined by its quality. Lastly, I believe open space acquisitions are essential to preserve the character of Lafayette well into the future.
The city recently passed a moratorium on new senior living accommodations in response to the charge that these types of communities drain our emergency service availability and budget. I believe that the suspension is an error of judgement and that it is a municipal responsibility to react to the needs of the various demographics in our town rather than attempt to shape the type of people who live in Lafayette. The city’s first response in this situation should be an attempt to reorganize funds to shore up EMS if these fundamental services are deemed inadequate.
I’m a complete advocate for stricter local campaign finance laws. Competition in campaigns should be between ideas, and not who is capable of arresting the largest budget. This may seem idealistic at a national level, but it would be easy to tweak our local laws to make the electoral process fairer and less intimidating.
The near universal opposition to oil and gas development in Lafayette has, unfortunately, not been fruitful in winning concessions from the industry. Other candidates have dodged this issue by saying that the municipality has little control over state law, and thus it is not within the power of local government to block new well site development. This is a misjudgment of recent precedent from other locales that successfully fought the industry using legal avenues which are available to Lafayette. Legal strategy, coupled with direct action, can effectively stall and interrupt these unwanted operations. I support the Climate Bill of Rights proposed to Lafayette City Council in its original form without conditions.
Background Eagle Scout, B'S in History/Education from Missouri State University, father of 3 grandfather of 1. I am a hard worker and am on my church vestry at St Ambrose in Boulder.
Contact phone 7209405749
1. Open space 2. Fracking 3. Affordable housing
The city needs to impose a usage fee to subsidize those that utilize the emergency services. The amount would need to be studied and determined for a fair share.
I am completely for it.
I would support any approach that makes it impossible to frack in our community.
Background My wife and I moved to Lafayette 20 years ago and are raising two wonderful children. I grew up in Atlanta, GA, one of five children raised by our single mother. I began working part time at age 14 and full time at age 15. After graduating high school, I attended college at Georgia State University. During my freshman year, I was hired by IBM through their Cooperative Education program. IBM hired me full time after graduation and I spent the next 28 years with this great company, meeting my "to be" wife in 1990, moving to Colorado in 1997 and retiring as Manager of Sales Instructors in 2014. I opened a Christian Brothers Automotive franchise in Lafayette in 2014, achieving Rookie of the Year for all new store openings 2014/2015 and awards for sales and customer satisfaction. During my time in Colorado, I've volunteered as a Baseball Coach for Coal Creek Little League, Basketball Coach for the Lafayette YMCA, Library Support and Field Trip Chaperone for my children's school, and driven for Meals on Wheels. Today, I've sold my local business and spend my time as Vice President, Trebol Soccer Club, Co-Treasurer, Douglass Elementary PTO, and Board Member for the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce.
Contact e-mail richardwelty.co@gmail.com
Contact phone 720-504-7650
I believe the three major issues facing Lafayette are oil and gas development (fracking,) managing traffic and responsible growth, and ensuring we are addressing the needs of our senior citizens and aging population.
Lafayette Fire responds to emergency calls whether seniors reside in single family homes receiving in-home care or in an apartment setting. One could argue living in an assisted living or senior residence may actually be more efficient for Lafayette Fire given residents who may require higher frequency of calls reside in facilities designed to reduce falls and accidents and are in a centralized location. Lafayette Fire must recover expenses for ambulance transport through the patient's insurance carrier. Perhaps improvements are needed to ensure claims processing is done properly. Next, perhaps we can improve improve the 911 call transaction between the resident and dispatch operator by including collaboration and support of the senior living facility personnel to minimize false alarms. Finally, we can improve Lafayette Fire's response level, ensuring the right amount of personnel and equipment are dispatched instead of sending extra, unnecessary resources to the scene.
As I understand it, even though Lafayette is a home rule municipality, the City Clerk's office follows the rules established under the Fair Campaign Practices Act of the Colorado Constitution. I was instructed by the City Clerk to read and understand the 138 page Colorado Campaign and Political Finance Manual when I requested my candidate application. I have a printed copy of the manual in a binder next to my desk and am following the instructions for reporting contributions and expenses. I believe the rules are adequate and I believe the City Clerk's office is working in good faith to enforce the rules equitably among all candidates.
I would appoint 3 committees of local experts to take action and provide findings and recommendations within 6 months. The Mineral Rights Committee will prepare a report on the costs to purchase mineral rights from oil companies. It will address funding options, including financing, grants, bonds, business and industry sponsors and support from environmental advocacy organizations. The Local Legislative Control Committee will prepare a report on the costs to develop and defend legislation designed to transfer control over oil and gas development from the State to Lafayette. It would include marketing costs to counter campaigns by CRED. The Mineral Extraction Development Committee will prepare a comprehensive oil & gas development plan should purchase options and legislative options fail. The comprehensive plan would identify all legally available guidelines and regulations we can require of developers to protect the health and welfare of our citizens and our environment.
Background -a Lafayette resident for over 10 years -served 7 years on Planning Commission, including 3+ years as Chairperson -17 years of Human Resources experience -a member of the Louisville Recycling Conservation Advisory Board for 5 years -participated in Big Brothers/Big Sisters program, worked with two "littles"
Contact e-mail brianmwong.co@gmail.com
Contact phone 720 236-3696
#1 Growth: Lafayette is close to reaching our urban growth boundary and we have ensured responsibly managed growth up to this point. As chair of the City Planning Commission, I understand Lafayette needs to grow at a rate that does not negatively impact infrastructure and grows our small businesses, ensuring a strong tax base for community amenities. A 3 % growth rate promotes the right balance between maintaining a beautiful, non-congested community and increasing our tax base. #2 Traffic: Traffic is an issue with much of the traffic not originating or terminating in Lafayette. The first step we should take is to conduct a city-wide traffic study. To solve this problem, we need to take an “all of the above” approach, which includes increasing vehicular capacity, improving public transportation, and working with our neighboring communities on finding solutions. #3 Open Space: Lafayette should continue to purchase land for open space to ensure a buffer around our community.Yes on 2A
As a much larger proportion of the population becomes 55 or older, Lafayette should place a larger focus on our seniors to ensure a happy and healthy population. Through working with and consulting with stakeholders of all age groups, we can create a community that will enhance the health, and well-being of our seniors

Lafayette should take the following steps to support our seniors: • Senior friendly building codes • Support for families providing eldercare • Foster and train community-based police officers to look in and look out for seniors • Encourage and allow accessory dwelling units and options for in-place downsizing • Senior town hall meetings to focus on the needs of seniors • Implement a call n ride program for seniors

To maintain and enhance emergency services for seniors Lafayette should work with all stakeholders including the Senior Advisory Board, Lafayette Fire & Police, and senior living businesses to find cost effective ways to deliver emergency services.
Lafayette should take steps to ensure free and just elections without the influence of big money or party politics. We value grass roots campaigns which focus on local issues. A community thrives on diversity of thought, where elected leaders protect the right of every citizen to share their point of view without fear of retribution. Lafayette is a special place with multiple points of view and we must work to ensure our community continues to welcome all people and perspectives.
One of the primary roles of our elected leaders is to promote and protect Lafayette’s values, and one of those values is to not have fracking occur within our city. For the safety and security of our community, I resolutely am against fracking in Lafayette. However, saying that you are against fracking and working to keep fracking out of Lafayette are not mutually exclusive. If elected, this is how I would work to keep fracking out of Lafayette: Lafayette should consider purchasing mineral rights via an eminent domain process. Also, as a member of the Planning Commission, I would like to see local control of land use regulations around wells. Our approach must be thoughtful, smart, and attainable. I believe that there are solutions that be explored that are cost effective and that would ensure fracking does not come into Lafayette boarder’s.

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