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City of Greeley Council At-Large. Vote for TWO Members.4-year term and may be elected to 2 consecutive 4-year terms. The Council meets annually to evaluate the state of the City and to determine priorities which guide the City government for the upcoming year. The Council meets regularly to conduct City business. Council meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm. They also conduct Worksessions on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at 5pm.

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    Joseph Bodine
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    Ed Clark
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    Edward Mirick
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    Stacy Suniga
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Biographical Information

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What do you believe the principal issues will be over the next ten years for the City of Greeley?

Background Born & raised in Greeley; Graduated from Greeley Central High School; Entered U.S. Air Force shortly after high school; selected for bootstrap program in my eleventh year of service, where Air force sent me to University to complete a B.A. Degree; commissioned shortly thereafter; Attended evening and weekend classes to complete a Masters degree in Public Administration; retired after 24 years to attend law school; after graduation returned to Greeley and opened a private practice; practiced in Greeley for 16 years with some part time work for the city during approximately the last 10 years of that time; went to work for the City on a full-time basis in 2012; Retired for the City in Jul of 2019 Married for 45 years, 3 children, 8 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren
Contact e-mail josephbodine@yahoo.com
Contact phone 970-353-8079
- Greeley Native - Veteran/Career Military [24 years] - Master’s Degree in Public Administration - Juris Doctorate - Past President-Weld County Bar Association - Served on City Budget Advisory Board - Served on Weld County Board of Adjustment - Served on Family Youth & Children Commission - Married for 45 years - Three Children, 8 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren

My top priorities are: To ensure the safety fo the citrizens of the City by making sure our police and firefighters, (first responders), have the resources, particularly the necessary training to provide that safety. Encourage industry and support the agricultural heritage of our City so good paying jobs are available for our citizens. Strive to work with the County so the citizens of the City and County provide a unified position against any state or federal encroachment upon the property rights of our citizens.
The city has grown tremendously since I was a boy here, and the growth is forecast to continue over the next ten and even 20 years. Managing that growth so it does not out pace our infrastructure, [i.e., streets, water, sewer, etc] will be a major challenge which will call for vision from our City Council. Greeley is a Home Rule City - meaning we have chosen to act as independently as possible; a major challenge over the next yen years will be to strive to maintain that independence in the face of increasing encroachment by the State and federal government in the form of regulations and rules which restrict the City's ability to serve its citizens. Maintaining our community as a friendly and "livable" city in the midst of an increasingly divided national population. The animosity which seems to come with such differing viewpoints threatens to undermine the very things which make Greeley a great place to live and raise a family. We as a community must be able to bridge to survive.
Background I moved to Greeley in 1989 following three years as a military police officer in the United States Army, then attended the University of Northern Colorado where I received a bachelor’s degree in sociology with an emphasis in criminal justice. I worked for the Evans’ police department for a short time before being hired by the Greeley Police Department. While at the Greeley Police Department I received numerous departmental commendations, Greeley Police Officer’s Associations (GPOA) Officer of the year in 1998, and the Greeley Police Department's Medal of Valor. In 2004, I graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver with a master’s in criminal justice. In May of 2019, I completed a concentration in emergency management and homeland security at the University of Colorado at Denver. My career in law enforcement was cut short as a result of being hit by a drunk driver while conducting a traffic stop. I retired from the Greeley Police Department as a police officer and began working for the Greeley Police Department as a neighborhood organizer that went into neighborhoods with drug and gang issues and worked with the neighbors to improve the safety of the neighborhoods. This program was recognized by the International Association of Chiefs of Police with the 2006 Community Policing Award. I was also lucky enough to meet my wife Erin while attending college and we have been together for 28+ years, 25+ of those married. Erin and I raised three children in Greeley who have all gone on to make us very proud. I served as the Mayor of Greeley from 2007-2009 during very challenging economic times, some have referred to as "The Great Recession." Despite these challenges: • Leprino Foods the world’s largest manufacturer of mozzarella cheese agreed to move to Greeley and open a plant. • Crime was major campaign issue and 8 police officers were added to the police department and a 20 percent reduction in crime was realized across the board with a 25% reduction in gang crime. • King Soopers built their Northgate location which now anchors one of Greeley’s economic engines. Work History • United States Army, Military Police Officer (1986-1989) • Evans Police Officer (1995-1997) • Greeley Police Officer (1997-2002) (Retired) • Civilian Employee at the Greeley Police Department (2002-2007) • Security Director at University Schools in Greeley (2007-Present) Education • Bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Sociology with and emphasis in Criminal Justice (1992) • Master’s degree from the University of Colorado at Denver in Criminal Justice (2004) • Master's certificate from the University of Colorado at Denver in Emergency Management and Homeland Security (2019) Political Experience • City of Greeley Mayor (2007-2009) Boards • Catholic Charities Northern (2006-2007) • Greeley Water Board (2007-2009) • Greeley Chamber Board (2007-2009) • Upstate Colorado Board (2007-2009) • Youth and Family Connections Board (2010-2011) • Weld County Community Corrections Board (2013-2019) Awards • Greeley Police Department's Medal of Valor • Person of the Year, Youth and Family Connections (2009)
Contact phone 970-518-6405
I have been a member of the Greeley community for over thirty years. During that time, I have seen Greeley transition from a town to a city. I came to Greeley to attend the University of Northern Colorado. I served our community as a Greeley Police officer/gang detective until I was struck by a drunk driver while on duty and forced to retire as a result of my injuries. In 2007, I became the Mayor of Greeley. My platform was to reduce crime and to be pro-business. By 2009, after providing the Greeley Police department with much-needed personnel, crime was reduced overall by twenty percent and gang crime was reduced by twenty-five percent. In that same time frame, Leprino committed to building the cheese plant providing good-paying jobs and the promise of more jobs to the people of Greeley. I am a tested and proven producer, with a heart for the whole community of Greeley, I have local government experience and am ready to hit the ground running once elected.
My top three priorities are the economy, public safety, and thoughtful planning for growth. We must support the industries (Oil and Gas, Agricultural, and others) that families depend upon in Greeley and look for other opportunities to diversify our economy. A strong and diversified economy helps protect the economic viability of the other industries and prevents massive layoffs and sharp declines in property values. It is important to listen to the men and women involved in public safety and provide them the resources necessary to keep themselves and our community safe. The safety of the community is of paramount importance. Greeley is growing at a fast rate; it is important to encourage smart growth, so Greeley is not overdeveloped stretching the infrastructure and resources necessary to sustain such growth. Thoughtful planning as the city grows will ensure Greeley remains a city where families and individuals can live, work, and play.
Weld County is expected to double in size by 2050. That means GROWTH will be one of the principal issues over the next ten years in Greeley. Greeley will need to be thoughtful as we grow and plan both economic and community development to curb urban sprawl. Housing will continue to be an issue and we will need to continue to look for ways to provide housing for families at all income levels. Finally, and most importantly none of this growth will be able to occur without WATER. Water is a finite resource. We have Denver and other communities to the south acquiring water in northern Colorado. We must support The Greeley Water Board in the acquisition of water, preservation of our water rights and the development of another water storage reservoir in northern Colorado. I am excited about the opportunity to serve the people of the City of Greeley if elected.
Contact e-mail standlycup@yahoo.com
Contact phone 303-725-9943
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Contact e-mail Mrbuild1@comcast.net
Contact phone 970-381-5645 c
Serving on Greeley Planning Commission dating back to 2001, Also serving on Greeley's Art Commission since 2010 Served 3 years on Greeley's Storm Water Management Board Served on the Greeley commission for Disabilities as there first chair Serving on Greeley's Zoning Board of Appeals Serving on Greeley's Odor ordinance Board Served 12 years on the board of directors for Weld County's (C.C.B.) community center board (Envisions) working at the local as well as the State levels 3 years on the Weld County Building and Trades Advisory Board 25 years Designing and building quality upscale custom homes 7 years working in land development coordinating with both the public and private sectors Aims Community College ADA/504 Compliance steering team Rocky Mountain Federation for Disabled Athletes Phi Theta Kappa Alumni Worked tirelessly on Greeley's comprehensive plan, Zoning map, Parks and Rec. master plan, Sign codes, and Greeley's Design codes and Building Standards
1.(Economic Development), where we are and where we need to be, moving forward over the next decade, how do we plan for our potential growth and what do we offer companies with opportunities for long range sustainable employment with good earning's starting at the entry level. Understanding how Education plays a factor in building a labor ready work force to potential Business and Industrial opportunities. 2. (Quality of Life) Identifying areas for Open Space, New Parks Community/Regional and Trails, Connectivity, Art in Public Places, Cultural Affairs, programs bringing families together both in doors and outside recreational activities that continue to promote health and exercise. 3. (Cultural Diversity) Working with Greeley's Human Rights Commission, and coupled with all of Greeley's levels of Education continue to work towards understanding all cultural diversity within our community and build the needed vehicles so all citizens feel welcomed and appreciated.
Understanding, Identify, and prioritizing all of Greeley's Assets. Oil & Gas, Land, Infrastructure, Buildings. Continued good stewardship of Greeley's Water, Management, Distribution, Retention, and Quality. Public Safety, maintaining an equitable level of first responders and facilities in proportion to Greeley's growth. Education assisting where ever the City can to provide and help all our students to have the tools for better learning, which helps to prepare them for their futures as well as ours. Having infrastructure in place for development of residential and industrial, infill density, compatibility of oil and gas with residential, schools, and business. Understand as well as developing a master plan to keep Greeley affordable, while keeping development cost in line so Greeley doesn't become a city where developers can not afford to do business.
Background Stacy was the owner of a small, local commercial cleaning business that was started in 1992. In 2007, a powerful encounter with a homeless man changed the trajectory of her life. The meeting inspired her to organize other caring citizens to develop and launch the Room at the Inn program, a 24-hour Greeley shelter and support center for homeless families with children. Once opened, she became the agencies Executive Director, a role that would further engage her into collaborative partnerships with local, state and national agencies, and with whom she continued to create effective self-sufficiency programs. Stacy was recognized for her work in developing the Room at the Inn non-profit agency, by receiving the 2001 Greeley Tribune Unsung Heroes Award and the 2002 United Way Volunteerism Award. She was honored for her success in helping homeless families with the 2001 Group Publishing Community Service Award. In 2010, her peers recognized her outstanding accomplishments and dedication in developing family emergency services and self-sufficiency programs, and for her success in helping Greeley homeless families find long-term, sustainable housing. Stacy received recognition in 2018 by the Hispanic Women of Weld County, who honored her with the Community Leadership Award. Stacy has served as a commissioner for the City of Greeley Urban Renewal Authority in 2015-2017 and currently serves on the Greeley City Council, in the At-large seat. Very recently she was seated on the Regional Air Quality Council as the Weld County Representative.
Contact e-mail stacysuniga@yahoo.com
Contact phone 970-313-6814 c 970-405-1821
Twitter @stacysuniga
I have experience as a City Councilmember, as I am the incumbent and am currently seated as the Greeley City Council At-large Representative. In 1992, I opened a commercial cleaning/floor maintenance and restoration business, an undertaking that immersed me into the sheer tenacity and hard work it takes to create a new enterprise and make it successful. I have held supervisory, director and leadership positions for the better part of my career, which has honed my skills for helping others achieve their own success. A life long view of Greeley gave me insight to city needs, when I gathered other concerned residents to create a non-profit agency called Room at the Inn. I became the Executive Director of this homeless shelter that offered services, support and sustenance to homeless families with children. I served as a City Commissioner for the Greeley Urban Renewal Authority from 2015-2017, and recently, I was selected to represent Weld County on the State Regional Air Quality Council
My main purpose as a Greeley Council Representative is to listen to the community. That is a promise that I made as a candidate for office, and its the promise that I vow to keep. We must listen to our residents and our neighborhoods in order to plan a future that works for everyone, within all our unique situations. I am also committed to easing the burdensome cost of housing for many in our city. I have promoted affordable housing at every turn from the council dais, and I wont stop until we see actual structures that serve this purpose. Immediate city response is key to avoiding city wide gentrification and outpriced rental units. I have connected State Housing agencies (HUD, DOLA) with Greeley City staff to begin discussing funding opportunities for future developments. Greeley is blessed with a multitude of dedicated small business, which provide the biggest money flow for our economy. I will continue to push for city incentives to help our small business to achieve success.
We have a city water portfolio that is the envy of many communities. Greeley is the head above shoulders leader when it comes to water planning. Water is gold for any municipality and we must continue making water forecasting and planning a priority to ensure that our future population will have enough water resources to sustain their residency. Our census growth means increased impacts on infrastructure reliability and safety. City Council must ensure adequate funding to enable our Fire, Police and Public Works departments to keep Greeley safe and thriving. City leadership must engage the local problem of affordable housing immediately. Attainable and affordable housing has been a growing issue for many for years, and with people moving to our great city at a rate never seen before, we must stop the negative impact of a tight housing market. High competition for available units drives up cost for owners and renters and all solutions must consider our diverse housing needs.
Contact e-mail poetrybkpw@gmail.com
Contact phone 970-308-0310 h
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Background I am a life-long Greeley resident and a 2004 graduate of Greeley West High School. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business from Cornell College and an accounting certificate from Aims Community College. I am a 4th generation Realtor with locally owned and operated Austin and Austin. My husband Zach and I are proud parents to our 3 year old daughter, Emelyn. We are fortunate to call Greeley home. I have served on a number of boards and organizations including: City of Greeley Arts Commission, City of Greeley Historic Preservation Commission, City of Greeley Museums, Greeley Area Chamber of Commerce, Greeley Red Eye Rotary, Engage, High Plains Library District, and the Weld County Food Bank. I believe that my skill set, service to the community, commitment to leading with integrity, and my ability to work with others blend perfectly with the requirements for a City Council member. Thank you for your support!
Contact e-mail zforcitycouncil@gmail.com
Contact phone 970-381-5823
I have over eight years of experience serving on three different city boards - Greeley Arts Commission, Greeley Historic Preservation Commission, and City of Greeley Museums. This has given me insight into the workings of city government and practice collaborating with numerous city departments - from planning and zoning to parks and public works. I am also a business woman who is an active member of the Greeley Chamber of Commerce and the Greeley Area Realtors Association (GARA). I have always been committed to serving my community as I am a member of the Greeley RedEye Rotary Club and Engage (Greeley Young Professionals) and have volunteered for the High Plains Library district, the Humane Society of Weld County, and the Weld County Food Bank.
1. Growth- a focus on smart and sustainable growth. This means finding solutions to our housing shortage, supporting our schools, improving our infrastructure, safeguarding our water, managing traffic, preventing urban sprawl, and bolstering public safety.

2. Business - I support all of Greeley's industries. I also believe in attracting new businesses to ensure we have a diversified economy and stable source of jobs to support our growing population.

3. Revitalization - I applaud the dynamic changes occurring downtown and want to see this rejuvenation continue and expand to our northern and eastern neighborhoods.
Greeley's biggest challenge, and also its biggest potential, is how we manage our growth. State demographers expect our population to double in size over the next 20-30 years. Not only will this put stress on our infrastructure, public safety services, and water supply, but it also requires us to have thoughtful planning on what kind of city we want to be. What new amenities, like open spaces and parks, should we add? How do we retain our current industries and businesses while also attracting new ones to diversify our economy and provide our residents with well-paying jobs? What should our new neighborhoods look like in terms of house designs, layout, and location? How do we support our school district? How do we preserve our character and uniqueness and not just become more urban sprawl? These are the issues we will face together as a community.