Council member Tim Waters announced today that he is running for re-election to the Ward 1 seat on the Longmont City Council.
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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; firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-601-0597
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