Tim Waters Announces Candidacy For City Council

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Tim Waters (Photo by Rick Brennan/ Longmont Observer)

Council member Tim Waters announced today that he is running for re-election to the Ward 1 seat on the Longmont City Council.

This press release is published as a public service by the Longmont Observer.

For Release on May 13, 2019

Tim Waters announces his candidacy for City Council

This morning I am announcing my candidacy for re-election to the Ward 1 seat on City Council. I currently represent Ward 1, having been elected in a 2018 special election to fill the seat vacated when Brian Bagley was elected Mayor.

When I was elected in 2018 I stated that I would only run for re-election if the work was interesting and meaningful and if I felt I was worthy of the privilege of representing the residents of Ward 1. The experience has, indeed, been both interesting and meaningful. It will be the voters who decide if I am worthy of re-election.

When I stood for election in 2018 I told residents they could expect clarity, transparency, accountability, and leadership from me as a Council member.  I believe my behavior as a Council member reflects these attributes. If Ward 1 residents value the kind of leadership and representation I’ve provided in my first 15 months on the Council, they can count on more of the same for next four years.”

I am proud of what this Council has accomplished in the last 15 months.  This Council:

  • adopted a creative and affordable workforce housing policy that includes a package of developer fees with off-setting incentives,
  • established a vision for the future of Longmont that will differentiate Longmont from all other Front Range municipalities,
  • negotiated an agreement with oil and gas operators to significantly protect health and safety of Longmont residents,
  • continues to invest in post-flood mitigation, the Resilient St. Vrain Project, and all of our natural wonders,
  • launched new initiatives for education, workforce development, and economic development, and
  • updated the Land Code to enhance long-term sustainability.

 Big challenges remain in the next four years. As Longmont continues to grow we need to protect what we value most as a community.  Longmont needs:

  • a clear and compelling vision for Longmont’s future,
  • more and better public transportation alternatives to increase access and to ease traffic congestion,
  • reduction of our carbon footprint,
  • conservation of natural resources (especially water),
  • continued investment in the Resilient St. Vrain Project,
  • creation of community, individual, and cultural connections reflecting our increasing diversity,
  • a robust plan with effective strategies for caring for our most vulnerable residents, and
  • strategies for reducing homelessness and the effects of homelessness in the community, and
  • proactive responses to other issues sure to emerge in the future.

Successfully addressing these challenges requires thoughtful, creative, and courageous thinking, vision, and action. I am confident that I bring to these challenges the kind of thinking and experience Longmont deserves. If Ward 1 residents agree, then I will continue serving as their City Council representative.

For additional information contact Tim Waters; t.waters@comcast.net or 303-601-0597

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