by John Kiljan
Dear CLRC members and friends,
Each of the five candidates under consideration for the Council seat to be filled this Friday afternoon was invited to sit for a short video interview. Three of those candidates accepted our neighborhood association’s offer, and we completed the uploads to YouTube on Monday night.
Each interview was informal and lasted only about five to ten minutes — just long enough to get a feel for the candidates and some of their qualifications. The videos are only intended to be a supplement to the more detailed applications each candidate has already filed with the City. Those applications have already been posted on our CLRC website at http://www.RalstonCommunity.org .
The interviewer was T.O. Owens, the CLRC’s president. The candidates were given copies of the interview questions in advance. The owners of the Arvada Printery at 5733 Independence Street volunteered their office as a studio. The videos are unedited. They were made with simple pocket still camera with limited video capabilities, so don’t expect a quality production when you view them.
The Citizens for a Livable Ralston Community’s steering committee decided to put out the invitations because of the City Council’s request for public input before they make their choice. It’s hard to give informed feedback to your City Council members about a candidate without knowing something about them.
The deadline for providing that citizen feedback and having it reach the City Council members is noon on Thursday, January 9th. Send your comments to the City Clerk, Chris Koch, either by letter or email, to the Arvada City Clerk’s Office, 8101 Ralston Road, Arvada CO 80002 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
The CLRC does not endorse candidates for office, but its individual members are encouraged to endorse whomever they want.
Here are the YouTube links for each candidate interviewed:
Candidate Nancy Murray declined to be interviewed. Candidate Rebecca Anderson did not return our calls.
WHERE TO FIND OUT MORE
All that’s left now is the public comments and final interview and selection by the Arvada City Council. The job interviews will be done simultaneously in a “forum” setting. The interviews are supposed to begin and 8:00 am on Friday and last most of the morning. They are open to the public. They may be shown live on KATV-8 over cable or via live internet feed on Arvada.org or they may not be televised at all.
The Council then plans to break for lunch and deliberate afterward. Council member ballots are secret per the Arvada City Charter. Four votes are needed to appoint a candidate. Look for the white smoke coming from City Hall or check Arvada.org or check our Facebook page at “CLRC Arvada” for the results.
John Kiljan, CLRC Secretary
6185 Field Street
Arvada, CO 80004
Monday, January 6, 2014