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The City of Edgewater electors will be voting to place four (4) City Council Members.The City of Edgewater Councilors are elected to a four-year term. Council two-year terms are only permitted to restore the staggered expiration of terms of Council. Terms of office begin at the first regular City Council meeting following certification of election results.All municipal elections are nonpartisan, that is, persons are elected to office without consideration of political party affiliation. Candidate information packets are available in the City Clerk's office at 1800 Harlan St. For more information contact the City Clerk's office at cityclerk@edgewaterco.com or 720-763-3002.

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    Steve Conklin
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    Casey Earp
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    Cory Reid-Vanas
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    Micha Rosenoer
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    Larry Welshon
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Biographical Information

In your opinion, what makes the City of Edgewater a ‘great place’ to live?

What do you see as the major issue facing Edgewater and what do you think the solution is?

What changes, if any, would you like to see concerning how the city is run?

Why are you running for city council?

Background A Colorado native, I left for a decade and returned making me appreciate my home state even more. My undergraduate degree is from Colorado State University and I have a Masters in Higher Education Administration from Iowa State. I worked in Education in Iowa, Oklahoma, Texas and Minnesota before returning to Colorado to be closer to family. I worked in Denver radio both on and off air for over ten years. I have owned my own consulting business for the past seven years, providing assistance to non-for-profit organizations. Speaker and presenter on the history of radio and TV in Colorado.
Contact e-mail steveconklin@q.com
Contact phone 303-909-0479
I have lived in Edgewater for 21 years and have a great appreciation for the both our rich history and bright future. This is a community that values where it has been, appreciates individuality and is working to bring people together while making things even better.

We have a great location, outstanding businesses and wonderful people. The recent Harvest Festival was a great example of the multi-generational energy in Edgewater.

I love Edgewater, it is a great place to live.
There is no single major issue and easy solution for Edgewater. While a small city, we are similar to other communities with a variety of priorities and issues. Redevelopment of long-vacant property at 20th and Depew and the creation of a Civic Center were issues for Edgewater for years. With the Civic Center opening a year ago and Edgewater Public Market at 20th and Depew nearing completion, greater attention can be spent on implementation of the mobility and sustainability plans approved earlier this year and creation of an updated Comprehensive Plan. Those guiding documents will help us address traffic safety, walkability, environmental responsibility and future development. In recent years, the city has done a good job at budgeting and anticipating economic changes. We’ve made smart decisions that have allowed us to do big things (like the Civic Center) and has allowed us to create development opportunities with former city properties. We need to continue that vigilance.
Ten years ago, Edgewater voters decided to move to a city manager form of government. The city manager implements the Councils goals and vision for the city. Our first city manager just retired, and we’ve appointed long-time city employee Dan Maples as the new City Manager. Dan will no doubt be putting his mark on how the city is administered with the support and input of City Council.

I expect that there will be some real steps forward soon regarding communication of city events, and efficiency of operations and processes.
I am running for re-election to Edgewater City Council because I believe in this community.

When I was volunteer chair of the Planning and Zoning Commission, we created the 2013 Comprehensive Plan, a major step from prior “master plans.” In 2013 I was appointed to a mid-term vacancy on City Council. Elected to a four-year term in 2015, I was appointed Mayor Pro Tem by Mayor Laura Keegan. For nearly four years I’ve consistently represented Edgewater as a Director on the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) Board alongside representatives from over 50 other communities. Edgewater has had a seat at the table for important decisions for the region, which hasn't always been the case.

I have been a strong advocate for the city and my neighbors and still have more work to do. I would welcome the opportunity to continue my dedicated service to Edgewater.

Thank you for your consideration.
Background Casey Earp has a Master of Arts from University of Colorado, Denver in Political Science and Public Policy. He has worked at every level of government starting as an intern in Washington D.C. and most recently as an Assistant City Manager in Boulder. He now manages the U.S. operations for a GovTech company called Bang the Table. Bang the Table works with local governments to help modernize community engagement efforts. He lives in Edgewater with his wife and two pups.
Twitter @caseyearp
The City of Edgewater is a great place to live for many reasons but the community itself has to rise to the top of the list. The community is tight-knit and welcoming to everyone. We have amazing community events, local businesses, schools, and our residents are engaged/invested in the cities future. Everyone I have met while knocking doors these past few weeks is extremely optimistic about Edgewater's future and this community's ability to solve all challenges that arise.
I think Edgewater is well-positioned to move into the future but there will be challenges in the ability to maintain the community fabric as the city continues to grow. A major issue I see is our ability to collect feedback from across the community on various topics. I know that we can strengthen our communication and feedback channels without a huge investment and immediately make an impact in this area. Once we have these channels established I believe we will have a better idea of the major issues our community is focusing on and we will be able to set a timeline for considering each issue that rises up.
Outside of the general community engagement, I'd like to see our public safety officers be a little more visible in the community. I know Edgewater has a small staff but we are about to open a huge revenue asset in the Edgewater Public Market Place and our ability to increase PD and other staff should become more viable as this location opens up. The staff also has taken on many large planning efforts including our mobility plan and comprehensive plan update and it will be a focus of mine to make sure the resources are there to follow through with the recommendations that come out of these processes.
I am running for city council because I love being a part of Edgewater and believe my experience in local government will be an asset in the role. I also live by the mantra of 'leave it better than you found it' and believe I can help achieve this by being a part of city council in Edgewater.
Background It has been an honor for me to serve on Edgewater’s City Council since January of 2018. I have also lived in Edgewater for over 7 years. As a small business owner and mental health professional, I have committed my career to supporting our community's overall health. My professional experience provides a unique and important skill set in helping City Council accomplish its goals. I calmly listen and know how to collaborate, negotiate and compromise with people of all backgrounds and perspectives. My motivation to represent all voices has solidified over this two-year period.
Contact e-mail cory4edgewater@gmail.com
Contact phone (720) 252-0345
We happen to be living in this city during a period of great growth. Edgewater has always been a wonderful place to live, and with the latest opening of the civic center and all the activity and development around 20th and Depew, there couldn’t be a better time to live here. Our future looks bright! Edgewater’s advancement, fiscal stability and community engagement is evident in a variety of arenas.

I have enjoyed being able to collaborate with our community regarding the challenges and responsibility of the growth within our community. As your councilmember, I will continue my interactions with city staff to ensure professionalism and dedication to making Edgewater a ‘great place’ to live.
Now that much of our new development is moving forward, our focus is shifting towards the next phase of growth. I support our community’s voice and desire to focus on livability issues: specifically, sustainability, traffic calming, walkability and bikeability. As an avid biker and walker, I am personally aware of our needs to ensure that our community is a safe place to walk and bike, for both recreation and commuting.
In my opinion the city is being run well. We have recently hired a new city manager, who is qualified to lead our City Staff and community into the next chapter.

Looking ahead, Edgewater will benefit from efforts to maintain fiscal sustainability and growth that improves the livability of our city. Specifically, I am focused on efforts that ensure viable and long term tax revenue by promoting the development of local and small businesses. Also, I am excited to fully back our mobility plan, and sustainability focus.

With that said, City Council has a responsibility to continually assess the functioning of our city. Council goals help guide this process and are revised annually. Along with an improved City Manager review process, Council has the tools to ensure that our city is functioning at a high level, and accomplishing our goals.
When I decided to run two years ago, my motivation was to increase my civic engagement and be a representative voice for all in our community, specifically in Edgewater and Jefferson County. I believed, and continue to believe, that I bring a unique skill set to my role as a Council member. I listen and know how to collaborate, negotiate and compromise with all people in mind. My motivation to represent all voices has solidified over this two year period. Thank you for the opportunity to serve as a council member, and to ask for your vote to enable me to continue to represent all of Edgewater for the next four years.
Background Micha lives in Edgewater with her husband, Patrick, and her rescue puppy, Touchdown. She is a nonprofit leader and has lived in Colorado since 2014. She is a former high school teacher, professional environmental advocate, outdoor guide, and a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley where she focused on environmental policy, agriculture, and economics. Micha moved to Durango in 2014 to work as a community organizer. She worked with rural ranchers and local businesses to pass the first wilderness bill in Colorado in six years, and on economic revitalization policy. She has over a decade of experience working in small towns on policy that supports local businesses, air quality, land protections, and working families. Micha’s husband, Patrick, is a 4th generation Colorado native with deep roots in the area. His grandfather opened a butcher shop just north of Edgewater in the 1920s and his family has been in North Denver and Wheat Ridge ever since. Micha and Patrick bought their first home in Edgewater a few years ago, and are looking to growing their family here.
Contact e-mail micha4edgewater@gmail.com
Contact phone 828-577-3541
Twitter @michal_rose
I love Edgewater for the same reasons so many of our neighbors do. Edgewater is a small town with a wonderful neighborhood feel on the edge of a big city. That means we get all the benefits of a tight-knit community while still having access to the cultural and economic opportunities in Denver, and within only a few minutes of the mountains. We’re the type of town where kids can walk safely to and from school, ride their bikes to their friend’s houses, and where you know the name of the bartender at your favorite spot. There’s a strong sense of history and community in Edgewater, and despite a lot of change over the past decade, folks in Edgewater have strong roots here, or are putting them down, and that makes this place really special.
I am running for city council because Edgewater needs leaders to protect our way of life as the metro area continues to grow and change. The city council needs to prioritize forward-thinking policy to support our working families, small businesses, safety, and environment.

While the cost of living is going up, our funding for local schools, infrastructure, transportation, and wages are stagnating. Edgewater should work with surrounding cities and the state to prepare for growth and ensure our economy works for everyone. That means prioritizing single-family housing as well as affordable rent prices in existing apartment buildings, and supporting small businesses that reflect our values and contribute to a sense of community.

We also need to ensure Edgewater is a safe place for pedestrians, cyclists, and children getting to and from school. That means slowing traffic, putting in more protected cross walks, and managing speeds on local streets.
Our city council can play an important role in fostering community. Prioritizing the outreach, communication, an accessibility of our government to our residents should be a top priority. Better communication about upcoming events, a greater variety of cultural events to celebrate the diversity of Edgewater, and improving our response to the concerns of citizens are all important. As I’ve knocked doors on every block in the city, it’s obvious that people love living here, but they also want the city to be better at addressing the issues that impact people’s daily lives, like ensuring our sidewalks are clear of snow and enforcing codes.

On a broader scale, the city council also needs to use the comprehensive plan to address zoning issues. It can be too difficult for homeowners to make improvements to their homes, which can lead to frustration and force growing families out of Edgewater. We need smart zoning policies that prioritize working families first.

I love Edgewater, and our residents do too. The small town feel, sense of community, and diversity of our residents are significant, unique strengths of Edgewater, and I will work to maintain that character. We also can do more to improve the daily lives of our citizens to better reflect our values, like offering curbside composting, ensuring more community outreach on city services and programs, and fostering more engagement and equitable representation. We also need to ensure that we are leading on issues of growth and affordability by being smart and taking community input on zoning, addressing skyrocketing rental prices, and reducing air pollution so that families can put down roots and thrive in Edgewater long-term.
Background I moved to Edgewater with my late wife in 1992, having grown up in Lakewood from the age of four. Here we raised two children who are now young adults. In 1997, my wife and I started Alpine Valley School, a small, democratically-run independent school in Wheat Ridge, where I am still employed. Along with helping prepare the next generation, my years at AVS have taught me a great deal about parliamentary procedure, the joys and challenges of running a small business, and the power of listening to all voices, not just those that agree with me.The natural and human characters of Edgewater are an endless source of inspiration and enjoyment, and I plan to age in place right here in this city. My educational background includes a BA in History and an MA in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.
Contact e-mail Larry.Welshon@gmail.com
Contact phone 720-273-9297
I love that it’s a small town and that I know my neighbors and spend quality time with them - even if it’s simply conversations over the fence or alley. I also love that citizens are able to regularly watch our civic processes - from boards and commissions to the City Council and that we have regular opportunities to speak.
Besides improving the diversity on council mentioned in the next question, the most interesting issue that may come up in the near future is whether or not to allow for increased density in our little city. We are already densely populated city and with a fixed revenue stream (sales tax), the prospect of increasing density doesn’t seem sustainable. If and when the question of allowing auxiliary dwelling units comes up before council, I will be voting against them - there is simply no place for them within our city. The other major issue is walkability. We have fantastic retail shops and if we follow the mobility plan that was recently adopted, we’ll make it safer for citizens to walk in the city. I am also strongly in favor of increased traffic enforcement actions on the interior streets.
The day to day management of the city is effectively and well run under the administration of our City Manager, Mr. Dan Maples. I think the Edgewater Charter is a well thought out plan of government and is not in need of significant change. My concern is with the politically unrepresentative city council. For many many years, the council members have and are of one political stripe. It is time for some diversity on council if we want to live up to the words of a recently passed city council resolution declaring that our city is inclusive. Having a diverse council will require that all councilmen defend their positions on matters that come before the body - especially during business meetings. Currently, because there is so much conformity, discussion is typically very limited. We must question assumptions and look out for unintended consequences of proposed legislative actions. This is what I will do.
I consider it my civic duty to run for council, given my regard for this community and my belief in vigorous public debate, protection of the voice of the philosophic minority, and the rule of law. As an Edgewater resident of nearly 30 years and a longtime, self-appointed gadfly, I now wish to work from within. I have witnessed an excess of conformity among council members and I want to ensure that more voices and diverse opinions are heard and considered.For as long as I’ve been watching, council has a nonchalant attitude toward Edgewater’s civic process. Their missteps are not faux pas but serious attacks on the very foundation of our city’s deliberative process and representative government. This process guarantees the minority a right to their voice and is essential to a healthy politically diverse government. I want to preserve what remains of Edgewater’s quirkiness and character. I want individualists, dissenters, and crackpots to feel comfortable coming to council.