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Pueblo City Council District 2

There are seven (7) elected Pueblo City Council members who govern Pueblo. Council-members are elected for four-year terms in staggered elections. Electors will be selecting one Council Member for the District 1 seat, for 4-Year Term expiring December 31, 2023.

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    Larry Atencio

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    Thomas A. Carrigan

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    Floyd Jaramillo

  • Joseph (Joe) Latino

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Background Life long resident of Pueblo and Council Dist 2. member of many boards and commissions
Life long resident of Pueblo and Council District 2. Undergraduate degrees in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Technology. CSU- Pueblo Masters Degree in Public Administration- University of Northern Colorado. Community Activist and member of many boards and commissions on behalf of the community and city. Private business owner for over 35 years. Taught at Pueblo Community and CSU-Pueblo
I have been an active member of the community and have worked on many issues in District 2 It is a privaledge to be able to serve the citizens of Pueblo and there are many good people in Pueblo that do a lot of very good things, I want to be a part of that and contribute my part to making Pueblo a wonderful community, City Council is a very good platform to use in the benefit the people of Pueblo.
Homelessness Opioids Electricity Economic Development Education Pick one, I have worked on and supported any and all organizations that deal with these issues as a member of City Council. if I had the solutions to these and every other issue we wouldn't have these problems. As a city Council member I often ask anyone asking me what I'm going to do about these problems the following: What do you want me to do about these problems, I'll support your solution, I work for you.
We have a Structural Deficit in our budget and no one is or has dealt with that issue, until we do that we'll piece meal our city issues with little tax and fee initiatives like the ones we did for public safety and street repairs.
Background Born and raised in OR. USAF Vietnam Veteran, 1971-75; Retired from Retail Management; Widower; President, Eastside Action Support Team, 8/2018 - Present; Primary Stakeholder "Invested in Diabetes", University Hospital, Aurora, CO, 2005 - Present; Pueblo Food System Project, Food Access sub-committee, current; Pueblo Human Relations Commission, Fundraising Chairperson, 2018 - Present
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Contact phone 719-281-4283
I am an activist and an advocate, not a politician. I am a hands-on type of person, so I work with others to get the job done. First, I ask questions, then listen, take notes. Decide, as a group, what's most important, and develop action plans. I network, build teams, and try not to reinvent the wheel. That is my reputation in Pueblo.
I care about the residents, the communities, and Pueblo. I was asked to run by some of the residents that live on the east side because I'm accessible. I am always available to these people, and they know that. I work side-by-side with them, and they know that. I want the residents who live in District 2 to know that someone listens to their concerns. I live here. I am one of them, and I have many of the same concerns that aren't being dealt with.
Actually there are a couple; food and jobs. Our whole food system in the city is a shambles, to be blunt. Most of Pueblo is a food desert, and that sad. A most basic necessity isn't readily available to most people. When you are disabled, a senior citizen, a single parent working two jobs with kids at home, how easy can you get affordable, healthy food? You can't. Too often, kids know they get a good meal at school, maybe church. At home it's different. Convenience stores eat up the food dollars on the Snap, WIC EBT cards. But that's where they have to go, because nothing is close. This city has got to start paying attention to it's food delivery system, from beginning to end. We have wonderful farms and ranches, sometimes farmers markets, and different food distribution centers. Healthy, affordable sustainable food should not be this hard to get, for anyone. Start by creating more community gardens, or show residents how to grow produce in their yards. Create community kitchens to help with cooking, teach canning, show folks how to make that dollar count by buying quality, affordable, healthy food. Be proactive as a city for all of the health benefits this would create. The city and county don't want to subsidize grocery stores. Evidently they want to subsidize obesity, diabetes, heart conditions. We need to bring more jobs into our city, whether they are skilled labor of college degree style. Why aren't we more actively pursuing companies, and if we are, why aren't they coming? What short comings are they seeing, and how do we fix them. This is an affordable city, two great schools of higher learning. The students graduate, and leave. Why? I would actively seek companies, big and small, that can help us grow. Maybe the housing industry would be a great place to start.
We need to be more pro-active. We don't seem to have much vision. Vision is your best rose-colored view. We won't get it all, but what is the action plan for the next steps forward? Who gets to develop it? Are the residents being asked their opinion? Are we listening to them? Too often I hear that it doesn't matter what happens because no one is listening. City Council is very involved with their own districts, sometimes, and forget there is a whole city to run. How much are they invested in the city, not their own personal agenda? How often do they go into the community and listen? How about walk the streets with them, have coffee with them, visit a park with them? Are we really invested in the residents in our communities. So hold community gatherings once a month in different parts of town. Ask questions, and listen. Learn more about who lives here, for how long, and why. What are their dreams?
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Background Hi, I’m Floyd Jaramillo and I am requesting your vote. I have been a resident and an advocate of the Eastside for over 40 years. I have brought in over 20 million dollars to date of improvements to the Eastside area. Including projects at our local parks and brick-and-mortar projects. I served in the US Army right out of high school, in the Big Red One, as 21-H-20. I worked with children of migrant parents at the University and worked as a steelworker for over 25 years. My wife and I helped establish our family restaurant in the Eastside/Belmont area, Mama’s Cocina. We were active in many other functions in the community, benefiting the historic Eastside until her passing. I also worked in District 60 for over 4 years, mentioning our youth. I was a coach and a umpire for over 30 years in La Gente Sports. My desire has always been to help this community that I have lived in.
Contact phone 719-696-1671
I have been advocating for the Eastside for over 40 years. I have sat on numerous prestigious committees including The Runyon Board, Agency on Aging, The Eastside Neighborhood Association, CDBG, and other numerous committees. I have brought in over 20 million in improvements to the Eastside alone, without a political office to advocate from.
I am running for city council to make a positive change in our neighborhood. There are too many issues that haven’t been addressed in this current time.
I believe the major issue facing Pueblo is unemployment. We do not have adequate jobs that include the necessary benefits families need to survive. I hope to educate our children with a new-Learning facility in our community to empower our youth through education. With this, they can develop the skills needed to prosper in higher paying jobs. With these skills, they can help end the poverty circle in their family.
Our city council should cater more to the people of Pueblo rather than Brick-and-Mortar projects and big businesses. The needs of the people are important, not softball complexes and not parking garages.
Background Thirty years as a teacher, coach, athletic director, area superintendent in 2 large metropolitan school systems in Denver.
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Contact phone 719-369-0514
As a school administrator, I have been responsible for oversight of large fiscal budgets. I have been involved with several community organizations within the school districts. I have been involved with Concerned Citizens for Roselawn Cemetery, the Pueblo Rape Crisis Board of Directors, Pillars of Unity (community advocacy group), Faith Leaders in Action (FLIA), General Manager of the Damon Runyon Sports Complex, in addition to serving on the Damon Runyon Board of Directors, served on Executive Committee to Elect a Strong Mayor for Pueblo. I am currently serving on the Pueblo Food Project Commission which was established to promote the city of Pueblo as a food distribution center.
It's my belief that Pueblo needs a change of direction, particularly on the East Side (District #2). I was raised on the East Side on Goat Hill/Smelter and in Belmont. I have witnessed the decline in safety and infrastructure. There is a food desert in District #2, rampant crime, and ineffective leadership for that quadrant of Pueblo. It's time for change. I intend to be the new member on Pueblo City Council that is instrumental in reversing the plight of once vibrant neighborhoods. I have lived in communities other than Pueblo and have witnessed creative approaches to problem solving. I returned to Pueblo after retirement and believe in the potential of the city.
The major issue facing Pueblo is it's image. When I mention I'm from Pueblo, I usually receive a negative response. I constantly list all of the positives Pueblo has going for it: affordable housing, wonderful climate, abundant water, great ethnic food, the Riverwalk, Lake Pueblo Recreation Area, salt of the earth people, an ethnically diverse hard-working population, a four year university, and an outstanding community college. We have foreign investments: one of the largest manufacturer of wind towers in the world (Netherlands); GCC Rio Grande Concrete Plant (Mexico); Evraz Steel (Russia). Evraz Steel is ready to invest $500 million in upgrades making it the first solar steel mill in the world. We have been doing farm -to-table for over a hundred years with thousands of acres of truck garden farms east of Pueblo. With all of these positives going for our city, why is Pueblo seen only in a negative light?
We are in a new era with a Strong Mayor form of government. I was involved in the committee to move the form of government to a Strong Mayor. I think things are moving in the right direction now that we have a strong leader who represents this community and is the face of Pueblo. By working with Mayor Gradisar, I believe this is the most important change that has taken place in our city. It is the duty of the Pueblo City Council to work along side the mayor while enhancing the quality of life and attending to the unique needs of my constituents in District #2.