"I'm excited to be running to represent this amazing city on City Council! Colorado Springs has a long history of being a beacon for brilliant entrepreneurs and those seeking a better, healthier life. I look forward to being a part of the next chapter in our city's story."
Realtor® with eXp Realty in Colorado Springs
U.S. Army – JAG Paralegal (4 years)
El Paso County Planning Commissioner (2012-2018)
Colorado Springs Citizens Transportation Advisory Board – Former 1st Vice Chair (4 years – currently serving)
PPRTA Citizens Advisory Committee – CTAB representative (currently serving)
Colorado Springs Rising Professionals Board Member and Civic Engagement Committee Chair (former) – 2013 Member of the Year
Volunteer on political campaigns at local, county, and state levels for 10+ years
Affordable Housing – The cost of living is rising in Colorado Springs. It is important that all the members of our community are able to continue to afford a home in our beautiful city. To that end, I believe the City Council and Utilities Board can work with home builders to ensure that the costs to build smaller and multi-unit homes is not exorbitant. We can relax fees on these homes, to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars, to make sure that there is an ample supply of affordable housing for those who need it.
Homelessness – Homelessness is a complex issue, and there is no silver bullet to solve this problem completely. However, for those who want and commit to treatment for mental health issues, drug and alcohol addiction, and job training, we have a moral and fiscal responsibility to ensure that they have a stable home while going through the programs. Paying for rent on an apartment will guarantee that those who working toward self-sustainability have a safe place to rest their heads at night and can quickly get away from the need for public assistance. It will also save the public money because of the need to pay for fewer nights of hospital stay after emergency room visits and fewer nights in jail when brought in by police.
Transit – Like many cities across the nation, Colorado Springs has an aging population. As more and more Baby Boomers enter retirement and their health care needs grow, the city must increase its public transportation infrastructure to meet the rising need. While only a small portion of our population currently utilizes this system, those who do are dependent upon it. The projections of the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan for Transit do not include routes to the $1 billion+ medical facilities that continue to grow in the northeast sector of the city. Only after I brought pressure to bear on Mountain Metro to provide access to these facilities did they resume talks for a public-private partnership to institute a bus route. As a result, in April there will be a new express route to Memorial North and PPCC-Rampart Campus. More solutions like this must be sought to improve access to all of the city and its jobs for those who need it.
Community Strengthening - Colorado Springs has an incredible reputation of being a close-knit community with strong families and a quality work ethic. There are challenges that we should all see as real opportunities for our immediate future. Colorado Springs struggles with meeting growing mental health needs, providing proper care and service to our local Veterans, and tackling a rising concern surrounding youth suicide. These are issues we need to take initiative and bold leadership on. By creating a real, open, and honest dialogue on issues like these citywide, we will be able to advance creative partnerships and solutions for those in need.
El Paso County Commissioners:
Holly Williams, District 1
Mark Waller, District 2
Stan VanderWerf, District 3
Longinos Gonzalez, Jr., District 4
Cami Bremer, District 5
Former County Commissioner Peggy Littleton
El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder
Colorado Springs City Council:
Merv Bennett, At-Large
Don Knight, District 1
Andres Pico, District 6
State Senator Bob Gardner
Former Representative Kit Roupe
District 11 School Board Members:
CU Regent Chance Hill
Steve Schuck, Schuck Communities
Jan Doran, Former CONO President
Jon Severson, Colorado Springs Young Professionals
Stewart McWilliams, Pastor, Fellowship of the Rockies
Tom LaValley, Pilot
Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs
Pikes Peak Association of REALTORS
Apartment Association of Southern Colorado
"I am running for office to serve YOU and the people of Colorado Springs. Please get involved in my campaign!"- Tony
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