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Political partnership aims to put ‘unity back in community’


ARVADA, Jul. 15 - Yesterday, four Arvada City Council candidates announced they are running cooperatively for election November 5. While each candidate will run independent campaigns, together they are putting forth a vision for the city that, if elected, they will pursue on behalf of Arvada’s citizens.

Central to that vision is infrastructure. Council incumbent Bob Fifer, who works for Colorado Department of Transportation and is running At-Large, says addressing transit in Arvada is a necessity.

“As a council, we need to deliver on those projects already approved under the bond renewal then re-focus the city’s resources towards improving Arvada’s infrastructure, both in existing neighborhoods and in growing ones. Transportation infrastructure hasn’t kept up with the pace of development. The next council needs to redouble efforts to repair roads, plan for next-generation transit technologies, and more closely consider the impact that development has on traffic.”

According to Jordan Hohenstein, running in Council District 4, transportation ties directly to the town’s affordable housing problem, another of the group’s priorities.

“As a Millennial I struggle to afford to live in the city where I was raised,” Hohenstein says. “Therefore, I think it is important to advocate for my generation, the next generation of Arvadans, and for our parents and grandparents who also struggle to balance the increasing costs of housing, transportation, education, healthcare and much more. A focus on sustainable, transit-oriented development that leverages proven affordable housing strategy will go a long way toward addressing citizen concerns and providing real options and solutions that Arvada desperately needs.”

Lauren Simpson, a “mom in tennis shoes” seeking the open seat in Council District 2, agrees with Hohenstein that a focus on thoughtful, planned development is crucial to creating and supporting what the group terms a “happy, healthy hometown.”

“One of the primary reasons my family made Arvada our home is the special sense of community that makes this city unique,” says Simpson. “It’s like a small town inside a major metro area, and I know I’m not alone in loving that. That’s why ‘placemaking’ is a key component of my platform. It’s our shared spaces – bike trails, parks, schools, Olde Town – that promote health, wellness and a sense of belonging, especially for our kids. It’s about ensuring every citizen has access and opportunity to enjoy the Arvada way of life.”

Harriet Hall is the former CEO of Jefferson Center for Mental Health and recently filed to run for Mayor. She says the group formed around the desire to unify Arvada and bring community voices back to the discussion around development.

“Right now, it feels like we have a tale of two Arvadas,” says Hall. “East and west seem disconnected from one another in terms of transportation, housing affordability, commercial development and a sense of community. We need to be done with the politics of division, and be responsive to our resident elders, families, youth, those of limited means, and everyone else. I’m here to say that we are one city. Responsible development requires a transparent and responsive city council. That’s the kind of council that with the help of great partners like Bob, Lauren and Jordan, I will help to lead. When we win, Arvada will win.”

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