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James Woodley announced that he will be running for the Colorado State Senate in District 27 in 2020. James is...
The Steamboat Institute in conjunction with the University of Colorado Denver hosts a special event
Held at the University of Colorado – Denver (UCD), The Steamboat Institute‘s Campus Liberty Tour is part of a nationwide debate tour. Other stops on the tour include the University of Texas-
Austin and the University of Maryland. Charles McNeil, chairman and CEO of NexGen Resources Corporation, serves on the board of directors for The Steamboat Institute and with wife, Judy, sponsored the VIP Reception immediately following the debate. He had this to say: Two years ago we launched the Campus Liberty Tour. Its goal is to bring ideological diversity to college campuses across America and to inspire students to engage in respectful and reasoned debate. These tours have taken us to college campuses from coast to coast and allowed us the opportunity to show students how to think, rather than what to think. They have been an unequivocal success.”
James Woodley announced that he will be running for the Colorado State Senate in District 27 in 2020. James is a conservative Republican whose marketing background and work as a law enforcement private contractor will come in handy as he works to make Colorado as safe and prosperous as possible.District 27 consists of the city of Centennial and parts of Greenwood Village. The race for District 27 will be one of the most important races of 2020. The Republican’s need a seasoned candidate like Woodley who has already been through a tough campaign and who appeals to unaffiliated voters and millennials.Woodley is an honorably discharged United States Army veteran. As a father of three girls, Woodley aims to put an end to the extreme laws being passed and concentrate on the bipartisan concerns everyone can get behind. His plan for Colorado mainly concentrates on safeguarding Colorado’s mental health, offering consumer debt relief, and improving road and infrastructure conditions. “I love this community, and I love Colorado. Its history of being liberty-loving people is the reason why I chose to raise my family here. Now it breaks my heart to see the extremism that has plagued our legislature,” said James Woodley. “While the legislature is focusing on extreme issues that ignore what the people have asked for and serves to divide our state further, I intend to focus on legislation all sides can support like mental healthcare, consumer debt, and finally fixing our roads.”
Woodley plans to appeal to Latino voters who have been increasing in Colorado, making up about 18% of voters. Black and Latino candidates like Woodley are the new faces of the Colorado GOP.
Woodley will be using his marketing experience to run a streamlined campaign, focusing on micro-targeting of key issues that not only reaches voters but taps into today’s culture.
Woodley is also inviting everyone to attend his Kick-off Party on September 30th from 6 to 8 PM at Nonna’s Italian Bistro in Centennial to launch his run for Colorado State Senate in District 27.
Woodley is a father of three girls and has raised his family in the community for 19 years. He is a veteran of the US Army and serving as a marketing professional whose career is focused on field marketing and digital marketing. He has served as a private contractor to Colorado’s District Attorney’s including now Congressman Ken Buck, providing solutions for economic crimes that saved taxpayers money while reducing recidivism.
He also worked for non-profit organizations including starting an American Legion Post in Centennial and served as its Commander for six years. He also served as President of a national Christian youth organization based in Greenwood Village. He was a former candidate who has run for State Senate in 2016.
Libby Barnacle believes she knows what people want and expect in Greenwood Village. A member of the city’s planning and zoning commission since December, 2015, she felt like the June 2017 city referendum “was a charge for me to step up.” Barnacle says she has “been a leader in keeping this a great place to live.” She says that the referendum and election that followed in November 2017 “presented itself as a mandate to city council.”
Her goal as a member of the city council would be to “continue to champion safety in our schools and neighborhoods.” She is a strong supporter of a police presence in the Cherry Creek Schools (CCS) via the School Resource Officer (SRO) program. Barnacle believes there should be additional officers added to the program. When it was revised recently to include a written contract between GV and CCS, only one new SRO was added.
Regarding development in GV, Barnacle would like to see the Boot Barn, which recently changed hands, at 8500 E. Orchard Road, possibly redeveloped into a food hall or retail center with offices. She does not support multi-family residential development there or anywhere else in GV. (The city’s recently revised comprehensive plan says “Higher density residential development will be discouraged in the Corridor. For purposes of the Corridor Planning Area, higher density residential is a use that exceeds on average four dwelling units per acre.) The “Corridor” is the area adjacent to I-25.
She also said that there is a need for more low-maintenance residential property for residents who want to downsize and stay in Greenwood Village and that it needs to be explored. She likes the quarter-acre residential development idea outlined in the comprehensive plan but doesn’t know where it could be built in the city.
Barnacle talked about potential new development south of the Landmark Towers, which is only in the discussion stage. Nothing official has been presented to the city. The rumored proposal would be a multi-step development for the elderly, starting with independent living all the way to hospice care. Barnacle would consider such a proposal if it met city council’s criteria and would fit the needs of residents.
Barnacle would like to see a possible shuttle bus between GV’s neighborhood and its shopping areas. She would also promote the use of light rail as a way to address traffic concerns, but noted there is little parking at the Orchard Light Rail station.
Regarding the Orchard Station area, Barnacle believes that it needs “the right developer,” but noted that “developers are gun shy” after the 2017 referendum and change in the city council. Barnacle sees herself as business friendly and open-minded.
Libby Barnacle, a former prosecutor, is the mother of two daughters attending the Cherry Creek Schools and a lifelong resident of Greenwood Village. She is also the daughter of a current member of GV’s city council, Judy Hilton, who is running for re-election unopposed in district 4.
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Anne Ingebretsen wants to remain on the Greenwood Village City Council for a sixth term “to continue the work we started two years ago,” putting into effect the policies of the GV comprehensive plan as it was revised in 2018. She would like to see the image and description of the city as laid out in the comprehensive plan translated into a branding strategy. Ingebretsen said that the June 2017 referendum on the GV comprehensive plan “created an opportunity for people to express what Greenwood Village means.”
She also noted that the work she has been doing on the revenue committee appointed by Mayor Rakowsky after the November 2017 election was another way to put the new policies of the revised comprehensive plan into the city’s municipal code. The plans devised by the revenue committee have been discussed several times in city council study sessions over the past year. A new municipal code amendment from that committee outlining a sales tax rebate program to reimburse developers for money spent to improve existing building façades along Arapahoe Road is expected to be introduced this month. Ingebretsen said the area, being called the Arapahoe Entertainment District, is underutilized.
Asked about potential development, the other candidate who spoke to us together with Ingebretsen, Dave Kerber, said that there are still seven vacant building sites in the Village Center area. We asked how seven new office buildings there might impact traffic congestion, a major concern of GV residents. Kerber said there was good access to light rail in the area and that the arterial streets in the area were designed to accommodate the traffic.
Kerber told The Villager he does not any see new residential development coming to Greenwood Village.
Kerber talked about the ownership of the High Line Canal (HLC) being in transition and the issue of signs on the HLC not being resolved. He also expressed concern about how funding will be done to maintain it, saying, “Does money go from Greenwood Village to Aurora?”
Regarding city services, Kerber is proud of the quick inspection turnaround being provided by GV’s community development department and the design standards the city council had done by consultants that they hoped to use for 5G technology.
Dave Kerber said his desire for a sixth term was to continue the work he started as part of the Save Our Village group, which “was a way that citizens got to vote on the type of city they want.” He described GV as a place that has a “peaceful feeling” and is “open.”
Dave Kerber and Anne Ingebretsen both served the maximum four consecutive terms allowed by law on the Greenwood Village City Council before they ran again in 2017. As to the future, they plan to decide every two years whether to run again. Both could legally serve until 2025 before they’d have to step down again for at least two years.
The issues that motivated Brian Strandes to run for GV city council are focused around traffic, transportation and general connectivity in Greenwood Village. He believes that “now that we’ve restored confidence in government,” we can address other important matters.
Strandes would like the city to develop a first mile-last mile strategy to connect people from light rail to their ultimate destinations of work or home in GV so as to alleviate the traffic congestion from the many single-occupancy vehicles that come and go daily in the city. He says we “need sidewalks around the Triad on Greenwood Plaza Boulevard and other places nearby GV’s two light rail stops, Orchard Station and Arapahoe Station.” Strandes would look at adding bike lanes on Orchard Road and the possibility of a shuttle bus around the city from the light rail, a tool used successfully to lessen traffic in many places, including Lone Tree. Another possibility would be having public bikes or scooters available for the first mile-last mile. Says Strandes, “We are seeing a revolution in how we get to and from work. We need to provide more infrastructure” for employees to do that.
Strandes told The Villager that there needs to be a way for young people to start out living in Greenwood Village, where the median home price was $872,000 between 2013 and 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and it has not likely gone down since. In a time of changing demographics, says Strandes, “How are we going to maintain the GV image and make it work for young people?” While single-family homes are the standard for virtually all the residential neighborhoods around the city, Strandes says he could see the possibility of condominium and/or townhome development in the I-25 corridor. “In order to remain financially viable as a city we have to have something besides single family homes, but not apartments, and anything built here must be of Greenwood Village quality.”
Strandes would like to move the city council to focus more strongly on transportation strategies that will help the traffic congestion, such as the first mile-last mile strategies listed above.
In addition to serving as the elected chair of the GV planning and zoning commission, Strandes has lived in the city since 2001 and owned businesses for 20 years. For most of the past two decades he has coached youth football, basketball, and baseball.
Brian Strandes has been endorsed for city council by outgoing representative Steve Moran, who has also endorsed current GV board of adjustments and appeals chair Donna Johnston. There are two open positions in GV district 3.
Senator Cory Gardner a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, applauded the announcement from Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt that Colorado will receive $3,034,579 in non-taxpayer funded grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) for outdoor recreation and conservation projects. LWCF funds are non-taxpayer dollars derived from Outer Continental Shelf lease revenues and are awarded through federal matching grants administered by the National Park Service.
“This grant funding shows why it was so important to permanently reauthorize the LWCF,” said Senator Gardner. “As a fifth generation Coloradan, I understand the importance of preserving iconic landscapes in our state and across the nation. These millions of dollars will go toward Colorado projects that rely on LWCF funding for conservation, so that future generations of Coloradans can enjoy our state’s public lands and have access to our great outdoors.” “Using zero taxpayer dollars, LWCF invests earnings from offshore oil and gas leasing to help rehabilitate and improve infrastructure at state and local parks and other recreation areas,” said Secretary Bernhardt. “Funds will also be used to maximize access by opening up landlocked public lands. A small investment in a little strip of land can open up thousands of acres to outdoor recreation enthusiasts.”
Senator Gardner has long advocated for permanent reauthorization of the LWCF, touting the necessity of this program to conserve and preserve public lands. After Gardner successfully passed permanent reauthorization of the LWCF in the Senate in January, President Trump signed permanent reauthorization of the LWCF into law in March of this year.
In April 2019, Senators Gardner and Joe Manchin (D-WV) led a bipartisan group of senators in introducing the Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act, legislation to permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at a level of $900 million.
On September 11, Englewood City Manager
Shawn Lewis announced the appointment of Dorothy
Hargrove as Deputy City Manager.Hargrove has broad-based experience in the public sector having served as Englewood’s Director of Library Services, Director of Parks Recreation and Library; and most recently as Interim City Manager. As Director of Parks Recreation and Library, Hargrove reorganized those departments, eliminated redundancies, while improving customer service. Additionally, she helped lead an effort to construct a regional trailhead in cooperation with South Platte Working Group partners. As Interim City Manager, she worked with City Council and department directors to manage municipal operations for ten months as the city conducted a City Manager recruitment process. She holds master’s degrees in both business administration and library science from the University of Denver and a bachelor of arts from Wellesley College in Massachusetts.
“Dorothy is respected and admired throughout the organization as a thoughtful and fair-minded leader who sets high expectations for herself and all those around her,” said City Manager Shawn Lewis.” She is already serving a critical role in the work of the City Manager’s Office as Interim Deputy City Manager, and I’ve found her organizational skills, systems approach and willingness to tackle complex problems in a timely manner to be invaluable,” he added.
“I am pleased to be a part of the Englewood community and honored that Shawn has given me this opportunity,” Hargrove said. “I am looking forward to working with him, our dedicated staff and City Council as we continue to work together to make Englewood one of Colorado’s premiere cities,” she added.
Greenwood Village District 1 City Councilmembers Dave Bullock and Jerry Presley have announced that they will run for re-election to the Greenwood Village City Council, in the upcoming election that will be held on Nov. 5.
Residents of all Council Districts have two votes in the upcoming election and Bullock and Presley are running un-opposed. Bullock will be running for his third two-year term. Presley served for eight years, retired for two years, and ran again for Council in 2017. This will be his second term for this round of service.
Bullock and Presley support commercial development that maintains the open and park-like feel that exists in Greenwood Village today. A major accomplishment during the last term was the rewrite of the Comprehensive Plan, which is the document that presents the City’s official vision of the community. Presley served on the committee that reshaped this document which supports the open feel of our commercial area and was approved unanimously by the City Council.
Bullock served as chairman of the Infrastructure Committee which major projects were the implementation of a utility undergrounding policy and implementation of a small-cell infrastructure design for wireless carriers. Bullock said, “I want residents to know that I will always listen to their concerns and will support city policies that benefit residents.”
Presley noted that the biggest challenge facing the city is traffic, which is a direct result of growth. “Everyone recognizes the need for growth. The challenge is to balance growth with capacity and I think the City is on the right track” said Presley.
An important trait all Councilmembers should have is the ability to work collaboratively. This is especially important in Greenwood Village because two Councilmembers represent the same constituents in each district. “Dave and I have a terrific working relationship that’s based on a common goal: community service”, said Presley.
“My primary goal as a Councilmember is to find ways to enhance the lives of our residents and to continue to preserve and protect the unique character of Greenwood Village. I don’t really look upon what I do as politics but simply serving a community we love and where we raised our family,” Bullock said.
Bullock and his wife Kathy have lived in District 1 for 30 years. He has been the CEO of three multi-billion dollar financial and mutual fund companies and has been the president of three public boards. Since retiring from the financial industry, he has been involved in a few start-up companies and is currently the Co-CEO of NuSet Dental Implant Centers. Bullock is active in community affairs, including a member of Brigham Young University Marriott School’s National Advisory Council and serving four years on the City’s Planning and Zoning Commission. He graduated with a BS degree from BYU.
Presley and his family moved to Greenwood Village almost 30 years ago, drawn by the Cherry Creek and Littleton School Districts. He has been active in his neighborhood association and has served Greenwood Village either as a Planning and Zoning Commissioner or a Councilmember for 18 years. He has been involved with various communications related businesses throughout his career and received a BS and an MBA degree from The University of Texas at Austin.
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