Bob Fifer versus Kathy Drulard versus Carl Campanella – Councilor At Large


Bob Fifer versus Kathy Drulard versus Carl Campanella – Councilor At Large

Dear CLRC members and friends,

This is one of a series of candidate surveys for each of the five seats now open on the Arvada City Council. The question list came from suggestions made by our neighborhood association’s steering committee. The questions and the candidates’ responses are copied here, and all the candidates were asked the same questions. The responses are unedited except for formatting.

There are three candidates running for this at-large seat, so this posting will be a little long. At-Large Council members are elected by all the voters in the City.

Also, this is the last of the five posts that cover all the Arvada City Council races. But there will be more election coverage between now and November 3rd. Bookmark, and look for updates to the “11 Candidates Vie for . . .” link at the bottom of this post for more information in the last weeks of the campaign.

–JK

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CarlCampanellaBCarl Campanella

Q1: What experiences, job skills, education, training, volunteer work, committee work, or perspective on municipal affairs do you believe most qualifies you to sit on the Arvada City Council for the next four years (or for two years in District 1)?

  • I have been extremely active in Arvada since childhood.
  • BA in Public Relations and Marketing, BS in Political Science, an associate’s degree in communications, community development and leadership development.
  • A very successful career as an Institutional Foodservice Sales and Distribution sales representative, forty (40) plus years.
  • Qualified as a business consultant and have done consulting nationally and internationally.
  • Received numerous community service awards:
  • The most meaningful to me has been as an Outstanding Young Man of America for four (4) years in a row, mid 1980’s.       This award is based on community service, civic involvement, mentoring and leadership.
  • Covington’s who is who among International Executives for 2014 and 2015.
  • An award winning author, these books include       Successful Project Management, Personal Growth, Leadership Development, Communication Dynamics, Business Etiquette, Business Writing.
  • A trainer; I have trained more than 20,000 people over the last forty (40) years in different leadership abilities, styles.
  • Past chairman of the Arvada Harvest Festival, current booth space and midway Chairman for the Harvest Festival.
  • Past Project Manager and Membership Services Director for the Arvada Chamber of Commerce.
  • Past President of the Arvada Jaycees.
  • An alumnus of Russell Elementary, Drake Junior High and Arvada West High.
  • I was taught to be a leader and be community service oriented by every one of the teachers I had in these three schools.

Q2: Do you support the return of active recreation to south-central Arvada and will you actively work to encourage APEX to partner with the city in order to accomplish that? If so, how would you do that?

The return of recreation facilities in South Central Arvada is essential. We need a pool, basketball courts, skating area, ice and roller, weight room and yoga and Zumba and on and on. I will definitely support reasonable actions to secure facilities for our neighborhood. Apex should contribute funds to this.

Q3: Do you favor continuing ongoing and/or future urban renewal projects through the City’s Arvada Urban Renewal Authority (AURA)? If not, which projects or urban renewal areas would you want to shut down?  

There is a role for urban renewal, but not as a substitute for the free market. Such tools need to meet the needs of the citizens. I believe that there are certain areas of Arvada that are in need of revitalization. Other areas, such as Olde Town should be left alone. I do believe we as a citizenry have the right to determine more than a handpicked commission how large a subsidy is given if any.

Q4: If elected, will you favor asking the voters for a new user fee, or a new tax, to support increased road maintenance and/or new road construction?

I will not support an increase in sales tax or institution of new fees for roads and amenities. The subsidies, excuse me, tax share backs are costing the tax payer too much money with no return in sight for 5 years up to 25 years.

Q5: If you’re not an incumbent – or even if you are — how have you prepared, or will you prepare to serve on the Council if elected? What we’re looking for here is not just learning the mechanics of how City government works, but instead learning the ins and outs of current issues, how cities are funded, how they provide services, how they build infrastructure, and how they establish and work toward a common vision for the community.

I believe the best partnership any sitting leadership body can have is one with the citizens they represent. My goal is to achieve more communication with the real city, the citizens, before any issue is brought to the table. I believe in transparency, nothing to be hidden from the electors. I am currently involved with the City government 101 project as a participant. I am learning as much as I can about the inner workings with city staff, departments, boards and commissions. Education is an ongoing and vital part of solid leadership. Viable leadership will learn daily as much as possible by asking questions, being involved first hand and serving with humility.

I believe free markets are essential to a society. Free market competition strengthens the economy, provides more secure work opportunities, better wages. Government has no business being involved in the decision of the fairness of ethical competition. I am in agreement with a city wide shuttle to transport riders to and from the Gold Line. IF government allows it to freely develop. I believe managed growth is best for the continuity of Arvada. I believe Arvada is the best place to live. We should not have to give money and subsidies away to draw developers to our city.   With urban sprawl we increase crime rates; we lose ability to supply a strong infrastructure, we over crowd our schools, burden our first responders and generally lose the feeling of “Home Town.”.

In addition to these top five questions, the CLRC steering committee also had a number of concerns. They are added here as a group, and in a question format. Please feel free to comment on any or all of them as you see fit:

A: Do you favor (without a tax increase or additional fees) renewing the City’s existing bonds expiring in 2018? If so, what would your top priorities be for the available funding?

If we truly have a need for these bonds, yes. If the renewal of the bonds are without a specific purpose no.

B: Do you support widening the existing lanes on Ralston Road from the Wadsworth Bypass to Independence Street to make them safer for vehicle traffic?

I see no reason to widen Ralston road. The lanes are safe, the turn lane works.

C:  Do you support adding full-width sidewalks along this same road even if it means taking some available parking from adjacent businesses?

Define full width. If the sidewalks are to be widened just to warrant the widening of Ralston Road, this is an unjustified cost.

D: What is your position on allowing, either now or in the future, the legal sale of marijuana in the City or the establishment of smoking clubs as allowed under State law?

The initiative was voted in by the public State wide to allow the possession, growth and harvesting and selling of marijuana for recreational use. Each city has a right to choose how or if selling or growing is allowed in the city limits; according to the way the initiative was proposed. The decision should have been left to a ballot issue rather than an arbitrary decision by the City Council and staff. I am not a proponent of marijuana use, or recreational drugs of any kind.

E: On September 18th, the Arvada Chamber of Commerce held a candidate forum and put 17 questions to the City Council candidates. But not all participants had an opportunity to answer all of the questions, and not all the candidates chose to participate in the forum. Are there any of those questions you would like to answer here? Or are there any responses you gave at that forum you’d now like to expand upon?

Through the process of this survey and my statements, I have answered those questions.

[end of responses by Mr Campanella]

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Kathy Drulard

Q1: What experiences, job skills, education, training, volunteer work, committee work, or perspective on municipal affairs do you believe most qualifies you to sit on the Arvada City Council for the next four years (or for two years in District 1)?

My qualifications for the Arvada City Council At-Large seat include a current committee seat on the City’s Board of Adjustment, a Master’s degree in Public Administration, and 20 years of experience in water and air quality administrative management. The Board of Adjustment is a seven member board that hears appeals of zoning ordinances and variance requests. I have a pro small business voting record and it is accessible on-line.

My extensive hands-on volunteering experience in this community is another valuable skill set that I will bring to the City Council. I was the Troop Committee Chairman for my son’s Boy Scout Troop for five years, was a Girl Scout Leader for eight years, and did the usual PTA, room mom, and sports team mom activities. Other volunteer work includes the Friends of Jefferson County Library Foundation and Salvation Army. For the past three years, I have been an advocate for abused and neglected children in Jefferson County.

As a court-appointed advocate, I investigate and report directly to the judge on the best interests of the child.   I will be able to continue my casework with CASA if I am fortunate enough to win the election. I have the necessary time and energy to fulfill the rigorous job duties of an At-Large seat. With my unique set of experiences and higher education, I will bring an objective and transparent perspective to the At-Large seat.

Q2: Do you support the return of active recreation to south-central Arvada and will you actively work to encourage APEX to partner with the city in order to accomplish that? If so, how would you do that?

Yes, I absolutely support the return of recreation to south-central Arvada. The area definitely needs an outdoor pool near the old Fisher swimming pool, along with tennis courts, and a basketball court. The city has come up with some money to put towards the pool project, and I believe we should apply for nationally available grants. The additional money to fund the project could come from the City’s existing bonds.

Q3: Do you favor continuing ongoing and/or future urban renewal projects through the City’s Arvada Urban Renewal Authority (AURA)? If not, which projects or urban renewal areas would you want to shut down?

I am satisfied with the initial urban renewal projects built south of Olde Town, such as the City Center.   The Ralston Creek project appears to be unstoppable. I am concerned about the Arvada Triangle area, and the current tenants. I believe in retaining existing businesses as much as possible, and don’t believe the new developer has reached out to the current merchants along 58th Ave. I would like to see grocery stores built near light rail stations so genuine walkability can occur. I also have concerns about the new Hilton location and parking issues. I strongly propose that any new AURA projects must have voter approval, so taxpayers are aware of the costs.

Q4: If elected, will you favor asking the voters for a new user fee, or a new tax, to support increased road maintenance and/or new road construction?

I would like to see a new tax as a last resort, and only with voter approval.

Q5: If you’re not an incumbent – or even if you are — how have you prepared, or will you prepare to serve on the Council if elected? What we’re looking for here is not just learning the mechanics of how City government works, but instead learning the ins and outs of current issues, how cities are funded, how they provide services, how they build infrastructure, and how they establish and work toward a common vision for the community.

I have been attending the “City Hall ” classes held through the City of Arvada, which started 9/10/2015. Our last meeting with the Arvada Fire District was quite informative. In addition, I have been a resident of Arvada for 26 years, and have used nearly every major park and facility in the city. While raising our two children in Arvada, we have used the pools, the Arvada Art Center classes, the soccer fields, golf courses, and baseball complexes many times.   I feel that I have a good grasp of the city’s functions, and look forward to learning a great deal more in the future.

In addition to these top five questions, the CLRC steering committee also had a number of concerns. They are added here as a group, and in a question format. Please feel free to comment on any or all of them as you see fit:

A: Do you favor (without a tax increase or additional fees) renewing the City’s existing bonds expiring in 2018? If so, what would your top priorities be for the available funding?

Yes, I do favor the renewal. I would like to see the Arvada central area get an outdoor pool. I would also like to continue the work on linking the bike paths.

B: Do you support widening the existing lanes on Ralston Road from the Wadsworth Bypass to Independence Street to make them safer for vehicle traffic?

Yes, Ralston Road needs to be safe for both bikes and vehicles.

C:  Do you support adding full-width sidewalks along this same road even if it means taking some available parking from adjacent businesses?

Yes, once again, Ralston Road requires full-length sidewalks for pedestrians to walk safely.

D: What is your position on allowing, either now or in the future, the legal sale of marijuana in the City or the establishment of smoking clubs as allowed under State law?

I would need to review the actual sales revenues from neighboring cities to see the full benefits of selling legal marijuana. I am concerned about the legality of the banking functions for the marijuana businesses, but believe in the free market concept.

E: On September 18th, the Arvada Chamber of Commerce held a candidate forum and put 17 questions to the City Council candidates. But not all participants had an opportunity to answer all of the questions, and not all the candidates chose to participate in the forum. Are there any of those questions you would like to answer here? Or are there any responses you gave at that forum you’d now like to expand upon?

I am hopeful that most of the citizens of Arvada know where I stand on the city’s important issues. If you do have a question or need clarification, please contact me by phone at 303 981 5690, or by email at kathydruarvada@aol.com. Thank you!

[end of responses by Ms Drulard]

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Bob Fifer (incumbent)

Q1: What experiences, job skills, education, training, volunteer work, committee work, or perspective on municipal affairs do you believe most qualifies you to sit on the Arvada City Council for the next four years (or for two years in District 1)?

I have served on Council for 1 term and seeking re-election. I have worked in Engineering and Leadership positions within three global companies. I have been in the IT and Telecom for over 22 years. I currently manage Product Development and oversee Profits & Losses for an $80M line of business for my company, which provides me the foundation to provide effective and sound financial decision making for our City as well as responsible leadership. My wife and I owned a toy store in Olde Town until the economy made us close our doors. I have an appreciation for the struggles and rewards of owning a small business.

I have volunteered at Ralston House, Board member and Past President of HOTA, Arvada-Jefferson Kiwanis and currently serve as Vice-President of the Arvada Community Food Band and Board of Directors of Arvada Vitality Alliance, which supports small Arvada non-profits. Within my City Council capacity, I have served on the APEX Coordinating Committee, Arvada Fire Coordinating Committee, Jefferson County Transportation Advocacy Group (JEFFTAAG), Art in Public Places Committee, Art Council and Jeffco Schools Coordinating Committee.

I also serve as a Board member of the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) and some of the sub-committees within DRCOG including Metro Vision and Issues Committee, Admin Committee and Governance Committee. I also serve as the Vice Chair of the State of Colorado First Net Governance Board. I have been privileged to represent Arvada at National Conferences protecting our community’s interest in national matters. I was selected to serve on the National League of Cities Information Technology and Communications Advocacy and Policy Committees for 3 consecutive terms.

I absolutely prioritize my time with my family and children, ensuring I don’t miss our youthful time while still focusing on our future within our community.

I would like to continue representing our community and constituents within the aforementioned committees when I am re-elected.

Q2: Do you support the return of active recreation to south-central Arvada and will you actively work to encourage APEX to partner with the city in order to accomplish that? If so, how would you do that?

I do support the return of active recreation into the south-central (and eastern) area of Arvada, we do have additional analysis to ensure that APEX can maintain the facilities into the future. The key is to ensure continued community engagement and plan implementation after my re-election where I can leverage the partnerships that I have with APEX Board of Directors and other Councilmembers to encourage a collaborative approach to the needs of the community.

Specifically with pool, I think we have made great progress and found a suitable location. We need to maintain community involvement during the financial due diligence of this potential project. We also need to ensure that we continue to address the walkable and livability of the areas as well. We need to include improving sidewalks, bike lanes (especially north and south, to and from the train stations) and trails.

Q3: Do you favor continuing ongoing and/or future urban renewal projects through the City’s Arvada Urban Renewal Authority (AURA)? If not, which projects or urban renewal areas would you want to shut down? 

I do favor continuing thoughtful urban renewal projects that create a positive impact to our community. Arvada Urban Renewal has been a leader and model of how Urban Renewals should operate and it’s projects.

Q4: If elected, will you favor asking the voters for a new user fee, or a new tax, to support increased road maintenance and/or new road construction?

We still need to thoroughly look into this. I do think something has to happen, but not sure which approach makes sense for our community and sustainability of maintaining our infrastructure.

Q5: If you’re not an incumbent – or even if you are — how have you prepared, or will you prepare to serve on the Council if elected? What we’re looking for here is not just learning the mechanics of how City government works, but instead learning the ins and outs of current issues, how cities are funded, how they provide services, how they build infrastructure, and how they establish and work toward a common vision for the community.

I am absolutely committed understanding of the policies that govern our community, while listening to our communities issues, concerns and successes, which will provide us a path into shaping our City for the future. I visited several City departments in my first term to understand the challenges and successes of the Teams within the City. I have been an advocate in providing the proper and efficient tools and vehicles which are needed to deliver the service efficiently and effectively.

In addition to these top five questions, the CLRC steering committee also had a number of concerns. They are added here as a group, and in a question format. Please feel free to comment on any or all of them as you see fit:

A: Do you favor (without a tax increase or additional fees) renewing the City’s existing bonds expiring in 2018? If so, what would your top priorities be for the available funding?

With the current information provided to me, I do support renewing the bonds so that we can get more projects done with “today’s” dollars and avoid prolong/deferred projects that only consume more money to maintain or address at a later time.

Top priorities for me is addressing Ralston Road corridor including the sidewalks, addressing 72nd and Indiana intersection, Jefferson Parkway and last mile circulator service between our train stations and areas of interests (Arvada Center, shopping areas, sporting complexes, etc)

B: Do you support widening the existing lanes on Ralston Road from the Wadsworth Bypass to Independence Street to make them safer for vehicle traffic?

Yes, per my previous response. There has been way too many close calls with pedestrian and vehicle conflicts that I have personally witness and it must be addressed. If we renew bonding this would be something we can address sooner before someone is seriously hurt.

C:  Do you support adding full-width sidewalks along this same road even if it means taking some available parking from adjacent businesses?

Where it makes sense and where there are safety concerns, otherwise it needs to be looked at on a case by case basis. I would prefer that we have wide enough sidewalks to allow pedestrians and bicycles to share the sidewalks.

D: What is your position on allowing, either now or in the future, the legal sale of marijuana in the City or the establishment of smoking clubs as allowed under State law?  

I do not support these establishments within our community. We have heard from our constituents that have strong expressed their concerns of such establishments in our family oriented community.

E: On September 18th, the Arvada Chamber of Commerce held a candidate forum and put 17 questions to the City Council candidates. But not all participants had an opportunity to answer all of the questions, and not all the candidates chose to participate in the forum. Are there any of those questions you would like to answer here? Or are there any responses you gave at that forum you’d now like to expand upon?

No, I addressed all the questions and was clear where I stood on those questions.

[end of responses by Councilor Fifer]

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WHERE TO FIND OUT MORE
An earlier CLRC article has a listing of all the candidates, their contact information and their campaign websites. It has been updated during the campaign and can be found at this link:

https://ralstoncommunity.org/2015/08/25/11-candidates-vie-for-5-arvada-city-council-seats/

Other questions were put to the candidates in an open forum held by the Arvada Chamber of Commerce. You can read their question list and find a link to the answers the candidates gave in return at this link:

https://ralstoncommunity.org/2015/09/25/eight-city-council-candidates-meet-in-chamber-sponsored-forum/

As always, “The Citizens for a Livable Ralston Community does not endorse candidates for public office. However, we often post candidacy announcements, press releases, interviews and questionnaire responses for those running for office. And we encourage our members to actively support whatever candidates they choose during elections.”

The Citizens for a Livable Ralston Community is an independent neighborhood association representing the neighborhoods adjacent to Ralston Road from the Wadsworth Bypass to the Kipling Parkway.

You can read all of our articles on our main website at http://www.RalstonCommunity.org or you can read even more posts on our Facebook page at “CLRC – Citizens for a Liveable Ralston Community”. You can write to us, call us or email us at

CLRC
c/o John Kiljan, Secretary
6185 Field Street
Arvada, CO 80004

303-423-9875
jpkiljan@yahoo.com

October 13, 2015

 

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