Tom Ziegelbauer 2000 Germain St., Federal Heights Background: I've had many careers in my past - a school teacher (earning `Teacher of the Year' during my tenure) a Director of IT and Operations for …
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2000 Germain St., Federal Heights
Background: I've had many careers in my past - a school teacher (earning `Teacher of the Year' during my tenure) a Director of IT and Operations for some of the world's largest tech firms and a licensed principal broker. Since 2011, I've called Colorado home and have lived in Federal Heights ever since. I've migrated back into the technology field and soon hope to be elected as Mayor of Federal Heights with your help and support.
Contact: 720 336-1737; firstname.lastname@example.org; Web: batman4mayor.com
Please describe your leadership style in three words.
Driven, Direct, Honest
Describe the skills that make you the best candidate for the job.
I've been very successful in the public sector as a teacher, and private that sector. I've spoken to audiences of over 100k, and love the opportunity to chat 1-on-1.
Please list your top three priorities if elected.
Communication -- better communication between the city and the citizens on hot topic issues.
Fiscally responsible budget -- Address the issue of Federal Heights Law Enforcement responding to five times the amount of calls as surrounding cities while having pay comparable to our neighboring cities.
United Front -- working together vs. working against the city. You can't have a functional government when city council members are suing the city and making the news.
Discuss economic growth in your community. How can you balance economic opportunity with current residents' desire to preserve their way of life?
I believe there are sections of Federal Heights that still have hope of economic growth. With economic growth brings more tax revenue, which is turn brings more opportunities for the city to improve services to support the citizens.
What is the city's role in guiding redevelopment for areas in need of repair? Where would you target the city's redevelopment efforts and dollars?
I think it's the responsibility of the city to listen to the general public for areas of improvement while balancing these needs against the budget. Personally, I think the city has made considerable improvements along 92nd and Federal in recent years. Again, this comes down to listening to the needs of the residents first, and then applying fiscally responsible measures to complete these goals.
10016 Elm Street, Federal Heights
Background: I have lived in the Federal Heights area for 30 years. I have worked in a professional office for 40 years and currently employed in a law firm. Federal Heights is a wonderful community and I am running for Mayor to become more involved. This city is my choice to call home. I love the diversity of this city and my desire is to make it even better place to live and raise a family.
Contact: 720 394-3928; email@example.com
Organized, Honest, Compassionate
I am good listener, I have conducted board and council meetings, I have knowledge of local city affairs and I am a problem solver.
To bring the community together, to build a stronger relationship with the City staff members, and to assist in creating more revenue for the City.
To look at all options for bringing in new businesses that are in the best interests of the City and its residents.
The City reaches out to businesses that may be in need of repair or beautification of their property. The City land that is available and would be most profitable would be targeted.
2860 W. 92nd Ave., Federal Heights
Background: I was born in Upper Michigan and grew up on a farm North of Minneapolis. For three years in high school I won the “Keep Minnesota Green” award by planting 125,000 trees. I attended St. Paul Bible College and worked for Dr. Billy Graham for three years after high school. I served in Vietnam as Army Sargent 1968-69.
I served on Federal Heights planning commission for five years and the City Council for six years.
Contact: 303 650-9645; firstname.lastname@example.org
Deliberative and collaborative
Experience - I have been involved with the city of Federal Heights for 14 years and attended more than 650 meetings of city council.
Personality - I have a very patient and collaborative personality that is ideal where people only accomplish goals by cooperation of the majority.
My first priority is to listen. Secondly, I am very concerned that government officials on all levels have lost the desire to protect their citizens from abuses of their civil rights. I do not want to allow legislation in our city that compromises the rights of any residents.
Third, priority is to manage spending in a way that does not take from citizens pockets any more than necessary to run efficient and lean government.
The dollars that allow Federal Heights to provide services come almost entirely from sales tax. Economic growth for us means more robust, successful businesses located in the city. The city's role in the growth of business is to create an atmosphere that supports and encourages existing and new entities. Successful businesses also provide jobs.
Federal Heights is very limited in redevelopment dollars. This is true from both the general fund and the redevelopment authority. We had a successful project and decided to spend the available money on roads and to underground utilities. We have a great program where the city shares the cost of renovations that improve the appearance of their business.
2875 west 90th Place Federal Heights
Background: Mark Stickel served as a city council member from July 1983 to January 1984 and for six years as Mayor. He also served on the Planning and Zoning commission from 1984-1989 and again from 1995-1999 and ran for city council again because he wants to bring a more balanced approach and contribute to general civility.
He was also involved with the purchase of the city's first-ever ladder truck and construction and payment of City Hall.
Contact: 303 427-7163,
Respectful team builder.
I have done the job before, 30 years ago, and it's much easier now due to our city charter. I'm a team builder, good at listening and I have councils support and respect, and a sense of humor, which is good to have when you're running a tense meeting.
Maintain great municipal finances and surplus, constantly prepare for the future. Unlike most cities we planned ahead years ago to pay for and replace entire water and sewer systems that age out, such as that in Northborough Heights today. Continue my work on Adams County Open Space board to further grants for our city and Hyland Hills. Finish the power line undergrounding project, to reduce power outage risks, and make our retail area more attractive
maintain and support our current businesses, we only have the area between 96th and 103rd and Federal open area available, however we established a master plan for retail, not housing. keep taxes low, as most of our citizens are check to check. keep cities emergency services top notch, and provide a great public works department.
We already are, with our undergrounding efforts and some big grants for updating and upgrading current businesses. We have the fastest city approval turnover rate in the metro area. Also, our participation with all metro area organization, such as DRCOG, ADCOG, Metro North Chamber, Adams County Economic Development, etc. helps.
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