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    Ramon Alvarado
    (NP)

  • Meghan Grimes

  • Craig Hurst

  • Roger Japp

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    Luz E. "Lucy" Molina

  • J Gabriel Montanez Jr

  • Anthony Stellato

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 grew up in a very modest home in northern Colorado. I am the second of four boys, who all graduated from college. I attended Metropolitan State University of Denver on a partial baseball scholarship and graduated with Finance and Accounting degrees. After graduation, I worked for an investment firm as an investment analyst and attended school part-time earning several master degrees: Economics from the Colorado School of Mines, Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver, and Accounting from Regis University. I'm also on schedule to earn a doctorate in business administration this fall. I have extensive private industry experience working for S&P 500 companies as a financial analyst. Several years ago, I made a conscious decision to enter the public sector and find more meaning to my work. I'm currently the Deputy Budget Director for the Colorado Department of Revenue, a career I truly cherish every day. I'm also and elected State Division Trustee for the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA), and help to provide oversight to public employees' retirement plans.
Contact e-mail alvaradoccc19@gmail.com
Contact phone (303) 246-3906
Being a fiscal responsible person, the way I would prioritize spending if revenue increases is to save part of in a “rainy day” fund to use later in the event of a recession or extreme emergency. I would also apply some of it to reduce the Sales Tax Revenue bonds, hence reduce our debt levels, with an aim to decrease the sales tax rate in the future. In fiscal year 2018, the city paid $11.0 million in interest which represented 15% of governmental activities. I would also invest in homegrown small businesses programs, and increase the number of small businesses that are sustainable in our community.

In the event of a decrease in revenue, I would prioritize Public Safety and Community Development. Recessions have a great effect on residents’ psyche and some residents can become desperate and will need resources. Therefore, more resources in public safety and community development programs can be a great help for people and to help keep our community safe and moving.
A concern is the eventuality of oil and gas extraction in our city. Our residents seem to be passionately divided on the issue which may strain relationships among neighbors. I would increase the level of communication material and increase the number of town halls to address this issue. Another concern is that the city may lose focus on some very important renovation projects it currently has going on, such as the Derby Downtown District, the Mile High Greyhound Park, the Irondale Neighborhood & Infrastructure Plan, and the Historic Preservation. I would address this concern by working with other council members on making these projects a high priority in the agenda for discussion topics. I would also encourage staff to provide a monthly progress report on each one.

The lack of schools and high mill levies is a concern. I would work with developers to establish policies to assure that enough schools are built, and work to restructure the districts with more resident participation
My conflict resolution style is to never attack the person, but rather address the problem at hand. In this vein, I like to collaborate which requires listening and pointing out the areas we agree on as a starting point. In this manner, we can work towards a creative solution if possible. My style is also to compromise and negotiate on the more important items, and don't dwell on the small things as much. Throughout the process I always maintain calm and collected and become a very active listener.
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Background recycling/entertainment
Contact phone 303-287-3075
Very conservative,investment based spending, no wasting of funds on "feel good" things,infrastructure improvements should take priority. Build & save for the future of our city
Transportation, is very important also cash flow in to our city,improve our "image" should be a #1 priority ,more job creation as well.
One must try to understand the opposing views and place your self in that position, find common ground and work from there towards resolution.
Background May 17th 2012, changed my life when my boss was murdered at our store Joyeria Alondra Western Wear, a local Mexican store in Commerce City. One person was caught, and 2 remain at large. This prompted me to get involved in my community and my children's education. It does take a village. In addition having my own experience with oppression, lack of due diligence within the system, racism, sexism by a male dominated industries and systems designed to fail for low income communities. I am THAT Single Mother of 2, Self Employed, Community activist, Survivor and Warrior, Priorities include: Affordable Housing, Homelessness, Environmental Awareness, & Education I am THAT MOTHER, that almost lost her kids school, I am THAT MOTHER, that lives next to Suncor, I am that mother that moved to Commerce City because THIS was affordable housing. 15 years later we call this HOME. I am Bilingual in English/Spanish, in efforts to serve my community, I am very much involved in my city & school district Adams 14 on which I currently serve on the DAC, the Cultural council, LET (Latino Engagement Taskforce) and most recently an oil & gas focus group for Commerce City. As a city 50% Spanish speaking community, we must be more inclusive. As a Mother, I want a safe & healthy environment for my children and my own mother. As all Parents do. I would like to see a safer, cleaner, and more inclusive city leaving no one behind. We must also explore other industries and businesses not solely dependent on one industry in particular. Being part of the Cultural Council, I would also like to see more Performing arts venues, schools, art gallery music opportunities and culinary art. Commerce City has many hidden treasures. History is written to teach us not to stay stuck there. I do not work for any government body, nor for the city, or district, no special interests. I am running with a heart of a Mother, with an open mind to serve wholeheartedly as a true Public Servant.
Contact phone 720 275 5479
Our city is now in a good financial position. -don't outspend what we're bringing in..don't spend what you don't have.(credit) -prepare for transitional employment towards green renewable jobs -risk management plan -diversify our investments -invest in housing, small business, Citizen Continuing education, Invest in our Bilingual community, Invest in our farmers -invest in Education (Universities, Trade schools, Performing arts schools, Technology The wealth of our community is in it's people.

Affordable housing -the American workers are being shut out of the profits they are helping to generate. The decline of unions is a big reason., this leads to families working 2-3 jobs, yet they still can't afford a decent home. We are a growing city, Development without displacement. (Gentrification). Cities sometimes fail to see that although new infrastructure & development is good, we are leaving the local community and sometimes the most vulnerable, behind. -Mental health programs, many homeless also suffer from addiction -lack of affordable housing leads to homelessness, Collaborative efforts with neighboring cities to combat homeless as this is a regional issue. -Community land trust is something to explore

Environmental -Implement SB 181 that protects the health and safety of the community regulating, making industries accountable, of damage caused to the environment and the health & safety of employees and families in nearby neighborhoods. -Acknowledge Climate Crisis
Collaborative, it is important to find a middle ground, in addition we must be inclusive in efforts to find the best possible outcome for EVERYONE. The most important thing to do is what's right.
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