Rachel Hultin, Candidate for Wheat Ridge City Council District 2

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Profession: Community engagement specialist, former Realtor

City: Wheat Ridge District 2

Contact: www.WheatRidgeProud.org and wheatridgeproud@gmail.com

Why are you seeking this office?

The desire to keep Wheat Ridge wonderful inspires me to step up, show up and serve District 2 neighbors. As a 4th generation Coloradan, I know great places to live, work and play are built over generations on the vision of founding families and through ongoing reinvestment from residents, businesses and community partners. I am dedicated to preserving those qualities while welcoming new members of our community so together we can keep Wheat Ridge wonderful.

What makes you the best person for the job?

As the Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy co-chair, I spent the past year asking 1,500+ neighbors: What does Wheat Ridge need to get right to be the best version of itself over the next 10 years? I have the experience and insight to champion our neighborhoods per the NRS recommendations. I’m a professional community engagement specialist, I’ve worked in transportation and I have a history of community leadership bringing people together to address local challenges.

What are your top three priorities if elected?

1. Implement the NRS recommendations: Build resident capacity to manage neighborhood change at the neighborhood level; Invest in primary corridors; Improve customer service including special attention to rehab and renovation projects.

2. Improve communications and citizen engagement within the district and citywide including monthly District meetings.

3. Develop a Citywide Transportation Program that proactively addresses impact of development on corridors and improves safety on our neighborhood streets.

What is your view about what should happen regarding the Upham property rezoning?

The question whether revoke the 4000-4060 Upham Street zoning will be on the ballot this November so it’s up to the voters to decide. Once elected, I will respect the will of the people. Meanwhile, I encourage voters to research both sides to make sure they are informed about the issue. Regardless of the referendum outcome, City Council needs to implement the NRS recommendation to understand and respond to the unique needs of each neighborhood.

Which qualities would you most want to see in Wheat Ridge’s next police chief?

In September, I participated in a small group discussion on this very topic. 1. Community first leadership. Top down decisions need to value and prioritize constructive community interactions. 2. Ability to lead and manage change so the department can be responsive to the community’s needs as they change. 3. A strong background working with internal and external partners so we can best leverage our city’s resources to meet our community’s needs.

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