Golden City Council candidates talk community issues

A variety of issues covered during Oct. 1 and Oct. 3 candidate forums

Posted 10/7/19

Candidates for Golden City Council were put in the hot seat during two separate forums so the community can make informed decisions come Nov. 5. One of the forums was hosted by Golden United and it …

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Golden City Council candidates talk community issues

A variety of issues covered during Oct. 1 and Oct. 3 candidate forums

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Candidates for Golden City Council were put in the hot seat during two separate forums so the community can make informed decisions come Nov. 5.

One of the forums was hosted by Golden United and it took place on Oct. 1. The second was Oct. 3, put on by the Leadership Golden Alumni Association.

This year, Golden voters will be electing a new mayor, as Marjorie Sloan is term-limited. The candidates are Don Cameron, who currently serves on Golden's Planning Commission, and Laura Weinberg, who currently serves on city council representing Ward 4.

Saoirse Charis-Graves is also term-limited in her seat representing District 1. There are two people are running for the seat. They are Kim Brock, the executive director of the Golden Schools Foundation, and JJ Trout, who currently serves on Golden's Citizen's Budget Advisory Committee.

Casey Brown is running unopposed to be re-elected to District 2.

“I think you'll agree with me that we have five people who are engaged in this community,” said Ed Dorsey, past president of the Leadership Golden Alumni Association, who moderated the Oct. 3 forum. “And we'll be served by any of them.”

Both forums were organized in question-and-answer format, provided the candidates an opportunity to briefly introduce themselves and time to make a closing statement. The Oct. 1 forum also provided attendees an opportunity to interact directly with candidates for small-group discussions.

At both forums, candidates took on questions related to the Astor House, development and growth, planning and zoning, Golden's parking system and affordable housing. Other topics brought up included the purchase of the MillerCoors building, a proposed lodging tax, Colorado School of Mines development, the city's budget and transportation.

Quotables from the forums

“I understand that the mayor sets the tone for the city. I know we are a better council and a better city when all ideas are welcomed to the table and every voice, not just the loudest, is heard. As mayor, I will continue our productive civil discourse and collaborate to define the strategy, so that council, staff, boards and commissions and community members are all working together to thoughtfully and proactively move our city toward 2030.” — Laura Weinberg

“It's an honor to be here, trying to represent you as mayor. I want Golden to be, and remain, an amazing place … But we're under pressure. Downtown, parking, events that don't match the feel of the town … open space protection, growth that's sustainable. I'm learning so much from the hundreds of conversations I'm having with people. And what I'm finding is Golden is a great town. But we can do better. We can get the character that we love and keep Golden an awesome place.” — Don Cameron

“This endeavor is the next step in my desire, my lifelong goal, to give back to my community. I'm a Colorado native and I've been in Golden for over 23 years. We (the Brock family) are vested here … I have been involved with my community the entire time. My neighbors have asked me — several people across the community have asked me — to step up and to continue my journey of giving back to the community. That's why I'm here and I'm hoping to be the representative voice of south Golden.” — Kim Brock

“It would be an absolute honor for me to serve you all on city council. I hope you've learned that I am prepared, I'm responsive and I'm committed to keeping Golden special and to making it even better … I want to make sure that it's a safe, livable, sustainable and a healthy community for everyone — for all residents and all generations. If you elect me, I'll make sure we steer in that direction together.” — JJ Trout

“It's been an honor and a privilege to be your District 2 representative for the past four years. But it's important for me as I go forward, that I not just get your vote, but that I've hopefully earned your vote. I think … one of the things I'm proudest of is working with community members and folks in the community to understand what your ideas are, and try to champion those ideas and bring (them) to council.” — Casey Brown

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