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Granby Mayor candidates Q & A

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Paul Chavoustie

Occupation: Owner of Mountain Realty Group and Executive Business Consultant.

Education: Bachelors in Theology

How many years in Grand County? 16 years

Original hometown: My hometown is Watertown, at the base of the Adirondack Mountains, in upstate New York.

Family: I have four amazing kids and a wonderful wife of 18 years. We adopted our oldest two kids from Russia at ages 11 and 8; they are now 24 and 22. We also have two younger boys, ages 6 and 3. All of our children are a tremendous blessing in our lives!

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What do you like about Granby?
Granby is an amazing place to call home! I love that it is family-friendly, beautiful, and close enough–and far enough–from Denver. We have a better location and climate than neighboring towns, and we have so much potential. I think Granby is a gem that needs a little polish, but is the ideal place to raise a family and, eventually, retire!

What experience or qualifications make you the best candidate for mayor?
Serving as a Granby Planning Commissioner, Developer of Edgewater Cabin Community in Granby, and Vice President of five international companies, has given me the leadership and organizational skills to lead as Mayor. I also have extensive knowledge in working with governmental agencies from the local to the federal levels, land planning, conserving wetlands, improving the environment, and extensive experience in raising capital, planning and executing successful strategic plans, team building, branding, marketing, sales, and management. I think a government should have the same attitude of excellence as successful businesses–serving the community with competence, care, creative vision, and proactive problem solving.

What are your platform goals?
Bringing solutions for affordable housing, transportation, Rec Center, meeting the needs of our retirees, and creating a strong economy are key. Money is where most communities fall short, or they raise taxes–hurting the people they're supposed to help. To help solve this, Granby needs a destination for tourism that will generate revenue. I propose that the town consider purchasing the former Shorefox/Horn Ranch and create a destination open space park with camping, an RV park, fly-fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, and hiking trails. Winter activities could include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, tubing hill, ice rink, etc. The price of the property is now lower than the value of the water rights, land, and river. The land also qualifies for many grants to help pay for itself. This plan could significantly increase property values, create jobs, increase business to the downtown, and create tax revenue to fund other community needs.

What do you think will be the biggest issue facing Granby in the next four years?
The economy. There will be many issues facing Granby in the next four years, and each will have to be handled in the smartest way possible, but without a strong economy, the money isn't there to help solve the problems. With a strong economy, we can solve important issues, such as affordable housing and transportation. I think my idea of turning the Horn Ranch into a destination park that pays for itself, and generates positive revenue, is just one example of how I can provide solutions in a creative and beneficial way to the community. Your input is not only desired, but essential. I want people to always feel free to call me, email, and get together to brainstorm for solutions and opportunities for our community. For me, this is about helping with a positive vision and bringing us more closely together as a community.

Dick Broady

Occupation: Grand County Natural Resources

Education: A bit of college and a lot of life

How many years in Grand County? 48

Original hometown: Parshall

Family: I have two brothers, one a chief of police, the other a pilot for a commercial airline, who live elsewhere in the state. The rest of my family; my mother, three children, and four grandchildren, live in Granby.

What do you like about Granby?
Pretty much everything! It's a great place, with off the chart potential, and some truly awesome people. I am happy and proud to call it home.

What experience or qualifications make you the best candidate for mayor?
I'm a mixed bag. I was raised on a guest ranch, and I've worked cattle ranches as well. I've been in the corporate world, up to the management level, and been the guy on the end of a shovel in the bottom of the ditch. I served on the Granby Town Board from '95 to '02 and I currently work for the county. I've seen and experienced government from the citizen side, the trustee side, and the employee side. I understand why and how it works (as well as most, anyway). I honestly can, and will, "hit the ground running".

What are your platform goals?
My goal as mayor will be to help develop and lead an effective and cohesive board. No one person can make all the changes and the progress. It has to be a team effort. I will try to match the strengths of each board member with the corresponding department and encourage them to interact regularly with the department head of the committee they chair. I will encourage immediate and ongoing training for all of us as well as periodic retreats for the board. I believe it is also critical for the mayor to, as described in Section 2.05.030, "supervise the activities of the town manager on a day-to-day basis". I'm not sure this has been accomplished in recent years. I will also attend the board meetings of the other towns and the county, to introduce myself. Granby is not an island. We are all in this together.

What do you think will be the biggest issue facing Granby in the next four years?
The biggest issue facing Granby is the same issue facing every board, entity, or citizen – money. We have to think outside the box, seek new revenue streams, be creative. How we've always done things isn't necessarily the way to continue to do them. Every single thing we want to do, every problem facing us, requires money. Whether it's affordable housing, transportation, revitalizing downtown, a rec center, it all takes money. My solution is to get as many people involved as possible, seek out new ideas and answers. There are some remarkably talented and intelligent people in our town. They are our most valuable resource, and we need to utilize them, get them involved. Then our job as a board is to make it happen, and, most importantly, ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY.

David Lockwood

Occupation: Mainstream Business Owner, First Class Automotive Centre

Education: BS in Business Administration, Regis University, Denver

How many years in Grand County? 8 years

Original hometown: Overland Park, Kan.

What do you like about Granby?
The people, the mountains, did I mention the people?

What experience or qualifications make you the best candidate for mayor?
I have been the only main street business owner on the Granby board for the past five years. I sign the payroll checks for people who live here, work here, and play here.

What are your platform goals?
To keep Granby on a stable, steady fiscal growth plan. To encourage additional entrepreneurism and modify our municipal tax code to incentivize growth while protecting the assets of the town.

What do you think will be the biggest issue facing Granby in the next four years?
Affordable housing, utility consolidation and maintenance expenditures, and retention of tourism traffic.

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