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Thornton Councilmember - Ward 2

Council member Ward 2. Four year Term. Vote for one.

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    Julia Marvin

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Biographical Information

How would you prioritize spending in light of increased or decreased revenues in your City?

What are two of your greatest concerns in your City over the next four years and how would you address them?

Describe your style of conflict resolution.

Background With over 10 years of professional experience in marketing and public outreach, Julia has a unique background and understanding of issues from working in both the private and public sectors. A Colorado native with strong family roots in Thornton, Julia is passionate about giving back to the community that is supporting her, which is why she has served on several city committees and volunteered with organizations and nonprofits throughout Adams County.
Contact phone 720-295-4024
I’m running for city council because we need to create a local government that is on the side of the people, and that is making decisions that are best for the community. Any decisions on spending, either because of a revenue increase or a deficit, should be made with that philosophy in mind.

Thornton is currently wrapping up the process to update the city’s comprehensive plan (more info here:, which provides a long-term vision and roadmap for the future of the city. The new plan takes into account emerging trends, key issues, and most importantly, the needs of the community. This document is a great place to start when looking at how we prioritize our city spending.

Finally, as city councilors, it is our job to create a budget that is reasonable and can withstand changes in spending. We can do that during times of prosperity by looking for budgetary waste, creative solutions for saving money, and creating a surplus that is there for times of need.
1. Keeping our neighborhoods clean, affordable and diverse

Thornton neighborhoods are the heart of our community. We need to prioritize affordable, balanced housing, and safe, clean neighborhoods that we all take pride in. Diversity is a big part of what makes us Thornton, and we can celebrate and protect our diversity by working to create a fair and inclusive community. It is critical to support our continued growth in a way that benefits everyone, rather than just a few.

2. Prioritizing public transportation, street repair, and traffic congestion

We must ensure that our transportation services like roads, bridges, buses, bike paths and walkways - meet the needs of our community and continue to grow with us. With commuter rail opening in the next year, we need to look at how our neighborhoods are connected to stations, make sure that they're walkable, and see how we can encourage people to incorporate alternative modes of transportation into everyday life.
When dealing with conflict, the most important thing is listening and being empathetic to gain an understanding of what the other person wants and where they’re coming from. I believe in trying to find solutions that meet the needs of all parties, and if nothing else, at least listen to those needs and have a reasonable explanation for why they can’t be met.

This is especially important when you have multiple perspectives that need to be addressed and when there are important relationships that are at stake. It’s important to dedicate time to handing handling conflicts by fully analyzing all of the options and coming up with creative solutions so that we can build mutually beneficial relationships.
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