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B.A., Marietta College; M.Ed. Ohio Univ.; J.D. Univ. CO
Husband Dendy, Sons Trey (Tracy) and Mark (Karin), Grandchildren Meghan and Ryan
Work: Partner, BakerHostetler; Staff Counsel,10th Cir. Ct. of Appeals; Teacher, underserved schools.
Civic: Golden mayor, councilor, planning commissioner, urban renewal authority representative.
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Why are you seeking public office?
I am committed to community service. Right now, RTD is in a precarious state — financially, operationally, and politically. My core belief is that an efficient, equitable public transit system is a lifeline for individuals, businesses, and organizations. Solving RTD’s current problems is necessary, difficult, and doable. I would be honored to work with the public, RTD workers, experts, and other leaders so that RTD emerges as the transit agency the Metro Area needs and deserves.
What will your top three priorities be if elected?
1. Recognize financial realities.
2. Reach innovative solutions for prioritized needs. And
3. Demonstrate respect for patrons, employees, and partners.
The coronavirus pandemic has created a severe budget crunch that’s expected to last for several years. How should RTD cut spending and/or increase revenue?
The pandemic has caused rippling uncertainty, financial shortfalls, and upended transit. During severe economic downturns, the federal government has the ability to offer financial aid when no other entity can. Partnering with other transit agencies to lobby this position would be wise. RTD’s own revenues, however, are unlikely to increase in the short or medium term. So with or without a federal infusion, RTD faces a herculean cost-cutting task. From an outsider’s perspective, management salaries appear vulnerable to the budget axe. For further opportunities to whittle down the predicted deficit, I would work with other board members, staff, members of the accountability committee, nonprofit decision-makers, and local government officials to identify potential reductions.
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What is your long-term vision for RTD to better serve Denver and the metro area? What are the challenges to achieving it?
Passengers board buses and trains to get to the important places in their lives. Taking transit should not be a job in itself. Riders deserve vehicles that show up; get them to their destinations in a reasonable amount of time; and offer comfortable, convenient trips for an equitable fare. An accommodating transit system will meet the needs of riders and businesses as well as reduce …read more
Source:: The Denver Post – Politics