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Brighton Councilmember Ward 4

The Brighton City Council is made up of nine council members. The mayor is elected at-large every four years. The city is divided into four wards. Each ward has two representatives on council. Their terms are for four years and they are staggered. In other words, every two years one ward representative from each ward is up for election.

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    Adam Cushing
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    Archie Demarest
    (NP)

  • Vadim B. Epelbaum

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    Danny Sandoval

  • Christopher Schoeneck
    (NP)

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 I have been a Colorado resident for nearly forty years, thirteen of those in Brighton. I've served on the Bromley creek HOA board for 6 years, 3 years as the HOA President. I've been married to my wife Shanna for 23 years and have four children in 4th through 10th grade. I work in Information Technology, overseeing network infrastructure and cybersecurity. I literally spend my days solving problems, making things work together, and planning ahead to proactively reinforce and protect existing systems and processes. Prior to my current company, I installed E-911 Call Centers around the country, giving me exposure to working with various government agencies in successfully implementing solutions for their Public Safety Systems.
Contact e-mail adam@adamforbrighton.com
Contact phone 303-242-2483
Brighton should provide quality services while prioritizing issues that are important to residents. It is important that the city exercise restraint to ensure funding is available for important projects and infrastructure. It's about much more than balancing budgets and expenditures. Council needs to better prioritize projects that are important to residents, then provide oversight and enforce accountability for project completion and quality services.
Water- Brighton's water system has been one of the top concerns for Brighton. We need to do more planning to get things done right the first time, instead of fixing avoidable problems later. Brighton needs an accurate and verifiable smart meter based billing system to ensure everyone is being billed correctly and have recourse if errors are made. Projects need to be done with more transparency so it is clear what is being done, what isn't being done, and why.

Public Transportation- Many of our residents live here because they want to connect with the Denver Metro area. Having a jail in our city make having our city connected to the rest of the system every day of the week even more critical. I want to encourage RTD to participate in discussions with our council to solve these important issues.
Professionally, I am known for my effective problem solving and decision-making abilities. My professional diversity and project planning experience will help me find common ground and work with those willing to tackle challenges our city faces. I believe my experience provides a fresh and unique perspective, with a much-needed solution-oriented approach on the issues before us.
Background I was employed for 24 years by the State of Colorado as a computer programmer.
Contact e-mail archie.demarest@gmail.com
Contact phone 303-835-2121
Increase revenue. The priority at the moment is to restore public confidence in the management of the city. A scorched earth campaign by some rather dishonest people has caused a good deal of unhappiness. Happily a board has been convened to hire an auditor. Not doubt the audit will show some poor practices, but order will be restored.
Buy property for open space and increase our tax base by attracting big business.
Be pleasant. There are no conflicts that cannot be overcome with a bit of time and patience.
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Background I am 47 years old father of 8 children. I spent the last 22 years working in law enforcement the last 11 years with the Brighton Police Department. I currently work as a Ministry Director of a new ministry I have started called “In the Trenches Ministry” and it is still in the formation phase of the ministry. Due to some medical issues I am going through regarding my peripheral vision, I’m in the medical retirement process through Fire and Police Pension and if approved will officially retire from law enforcement. I have been married to my wife, Olivia, for two years. We’ve known each other for about 30 years, so it was easy for us to fall in love and the rest of this story is history. As a result, I am blessed with the opportunity to be a father to eight children between the two of us. I believe in integrity, service, and honor. My parents raised me to always be honest, act with honor and to be a servant to others. As a Marine, these values were reinforced throughout my time in the Marine Corp and these values are what I live by as a Father, husband, Marine and Police Officer. I have worked my career in service to the community.
Contact phone 303-859-8052
I’d prioritize spending on public safety, infrastructure and recreation. Brighton is a growing community and we need to make sure our city is keeping up with the growth. In order to keep the citizens safe, the police department should be adequately staffed. Infrastructure such as water and roads needs to be prioritized as well. If we can not keep up with demand, our residents will suffer the consequences. Lastly, I think managing growth is very important. If it is not managed right, it will cause many issues. Unplanned or improper growth will affect services and public safety.
Public Safety and growth management. I’d work with the respective departments to make sure I understood their needs. I’d support an increase in staffing. I would do what I possibly could do to get know and question the various developers to ensure they are providing adequate infrastructure and smart engineering regarding road and parking lot design. Poor planning of a parking lot design will affect traffic flow.
I’ve always had the ability to talk to people respectfully. Talking through an issue is always important. It does no one any good to get angry or emotional when dealing with an issue. When it is appropriate, it is okay to compromised. When there is a need to be assertive, I will do so, but I will remain professional. It is important to me that I reach across the aisle and work with others even when we might disagree.
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