JJ Trout, candidate for Golden City Council District 1

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Profession: Director of Data + Technology at PeopleForBikes

Neighborhood: South Ridge (behind King Soopers, next to South Table)

Contact: www.JJTrout.com or JJ@JJTrout.com

Why are you seeking this office?

Twelve years ago, I moved to Golden because I love our small-town charm, engaged neighbors, and beautiful open space. After serving on the Citizen’s Budget Committee, the Parks, Rec, and Museums Board, and multiple task forces, I know we can balance our state’s growth with our town’s character to keep Golden special. I understand the key challenges Golden faces, and I want to contribute to solving them and be an effective voice for the southern neighborhoods.

What makes you the best person for the job?

I know Golden, it’s budget, and our issues. I work well with people – state legislators, county commissioners, local businesses and nonprofit leaders, and my neighbors. I love partnering with others to make our lives better. And as a former victim advocate who went to crime scenes to ensure victims’ needs were met, I am trained to listen and speak on behalf of others. I’ll be a prepared and responsive representative who serves Golden residents.

What are your top three priorities if elected?

Golden just completed a citizen survey. As a community, we prioritize safety, nature, and our built environment, and we are concerned about affordability and mobility. My priorities are 1. Balance growth and character: smartly planning rather than reacting to change. 2. Development and open space: give neighborhoods a say with better engagement, planning, goal tracking, and fiscal oversight. 3. Housing and mobility: regionally partnering on safe and diverse options.

If elected, what will you do to ensure that growth and development aligns with the city’s goals and community’s values?

Ten years ago, we created Golden Vision 2030 that says we value sustainably preserving our small-town character. We should verify and refresh this document and then weave our values into citywide discussions. We also need to lay the foundation now – physical, digital, financial, and policy – for future Golden-specific solutions to ensure growth and development is aligned. I will bring best practices, support measures, and fund projects that do just that.

How will you work to improve transparency and opportunity for community engagement in city business?

As I door knock, I hear that residents want: Responsive representation: I’m already emailing, texting, and meeting with constituents. Accountability to our goals: I’ll work with staff to measure and dashboard progress for all to see. More notification and opportunities: Let’s use Nextdoor bulletins, add quarterly town halls, and improve coffee with councilors. A say in the process before solutions are formed: Let’s bake the requirement to engage early into our codes.

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