"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
Economic development – Economic development through attraction and retention of small businesses and entrepreneurs will be a primary focus of my campaign. The City of Colorado Springs needs to do more to foster the burgeoning entrepreneurial spirit that is growing within its limits. Small business owners in CS report that while their access to customers and demand for their services are growing, the burden of government regulations, access to affordable skilled labor, and access to capital have grown worse over the past few years (2016 State of Small Business Survey). While it is not the role of government to subsidize businesses directly, the City can certainly do more to create an atmosphere that welcomes new job-seekers and investors as well as reduce the permits and fees costs to doing business.
Infill development – A key to sustained economic growth and health is the development of affordable housing and commercial space in a vibrant downtown. As a member of the EPC Planning Commission, I have witnessed firsthand the explosion of development outside our city limits. This will continue so long as the costs and hurdles of developing within the city remain prohibitive. The recent work of the Downtown Development Authority’s infill task force is laudable, but positive action must be taken to see their recommendations come to fruition.
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. Elderly and disabled residents are forced to take taxis (lightly subsidized) to make doctors’ appointments or for life-saving procedures at Memorial Hospital North and St. Francis Medical Center. Low-income families will have no access to the new Children’s Hospital when it is completed. This is a critical issue that must be addressed in the not-too-distant future.
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
Colorado Springs City Councilman Merv Bennett
Steve Schuck, Schuck Communities
Jan Doran, Former CONO President
District 11 School Board Members:
CU Regent Chance Hill
"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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