Meet the 2018 Granby election candidates | SkyHiNews.com

Meet the 2018 Granby election candidates

Our candidate previews continue this week with the town of Granby. The town has four trustee vacancies open for the upcoming election with five candidates running for seats: Josh Hardy, Natascha O’Flaherty, Nick Raible, Deborah Shaw and Mary “Cathy” Tindle. The three candidates who receive the most votes will win four year terms in office while the individual receiving the fourth highest number of votes will win a two year term.

Election Day is Tuesday April 3. Voters can cast their ballots in person at Granby Town Hall from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

JOSH HARDY

Age: 38

Please provide a short background on yourself.

I was born in Kremmling’s hospital in April 1979, and I was raised by my mom; Sue Hardy in Granby. I grew up catching fish at the Kids pond at Kiabab Park, playing T-ball with the warriors at the field near Polhamus park, and playing basket ball in the junior high that used to be where the soccer dome is today! I graduated from Middle Park High School in the spring of 1997. In 2004 I moved to the front range to further my career in finance, which is where I meet my wife Bethany Hardy. In early 2012 I decided to return to Granby in order to be closer to my mother while she battled cancer. In August of 2012 my family and I decided to make the move to Granby permanent. Bethany and I have 3 sons, ages 18, 13 and 2! I now work for Granby Sanitation district as a wastewater operator and my wife works part time at Changes Thrift Store and keeps up with our two younger boys!

Why did you choose to run for election?

I am choosing to run because Granby is changing and I want to be an influential part of that change! I grew up in this community and I’m proud to raise my family here. I want to make sure these changes effect our community in a positive manner, but yet I want Granby to still be Granby! We need to adapt with the growing world around us, and become our own attraction for people to come and enjoy our town. I also want our community to remain a place where our kids can enjoy the same activities in a cost friendly, safe environment.

What do you think are the biggest issues facing your community?

Granby has always been a sleepy little bedroom community that hasn’t changed as much as other areas in the county. Granby has struggled through the years by being a place people drive through to get some place else. I think our community is taking some positive steps forward to becoming our own independent destination like so many other towns in Grand County. I don’t think that’s going to be a easy transition but with the right leadership I think we can accomplish this as a community! That being said, I want to make sure our desire for growth and change doesn’t supersede what our quiet little mountain town has become either. I think our community needs a change, but yet I want to make sure it’s a safe, cost effective environment for generations to come. Finding that balance, I feel is going to be a struggle!

What could you do as an elected official to help solve these issues?

Granby needs change and I believe we can make our community more then just a pit stop on a road map. Being open minded to growth, yet still having deep roots to our “sleepy little” community is a great asset. I have a background in finance and my experience and knowledge in the subject will prove to be another asset for our towns prosperity. Wanting a great town where my kids can enjoy that same upbringing as I had and more, is very important as well. I can hopefully bring balance to the growth of our town, but yet still keep it a family minded community.

Why should people vote for you?

Like so many of Granby’s residents, I have a vested interest in the future of our community… my family! I want Granby to grow in order to bring better opportunities for all the towns people! I am very open minded to growth, but I bring a certain traditional mind set of how things used to be. I feel that’s a unique vantage point that will bring balance to our town board!

NATASCHA O’FLAHERTY

Age: 51

Please provide a short background on yourself.

I am a full time resident of Granby, where I live with my husband, daughter and our collie. Our daughter is now in 7th grade at East Grand Middle School and swims on the Grand Park Community rec center swim team.

I am a lawyer. I graduated with honors from Boston College with a BA and received my JD from Hamline School of Law. I am fluent in Spanish and German.

Having served on public, private and non-profit boards, I bring extensive board experience to the position. I have never hesitated to take on roles that I believe are important to our community: I currently serve as the appellate municipal hearing officer for the Town of Grand Lake; I volunteered to work on the white collar cases for our former district attorney, Liz Oldham; I was appointed by the governor of Colorado to serve on the Board of Pharmacy; I have successfully gotten the residents of Granby Ranch Metropolitan District at Granby Ranch control of their board, I served on the board of Project Safeguard which is a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing domestic violence issues and also served as president of the Women’s Estate Planning Counsel.

As a strong supporter of public education and I am excited to see the awards and recognition for improvement that our schools have earned. In trying to do my part, I regularly volunteer at the schools. This year I am again coaching the Spelling Bee club and a Model United Nation team at East Granby Middle School.

And when I have free time, I love to get outside to take advantage of all that Grand County has to offer. I am an avid skier (alpine, back-country and cross country), mountain biker, kayaker, sailer and hiker.

Why did you choose to run for election?

I am running to become a town trustee because I love our town and am committed to helping make Granby the best it can be.

We have much to be proud of in Granby: New water treatment plant, strong leadership and vision from our mayor, signage and marketing enhancements and the extensive additional water rights that have been secured.

Granby has tremendous potential for growth, which will have to be effectively addressed by the board: Seeing the Sun Communities project launch and mature at the former Shorefox site, continued development of Grand Elk, working with the future buyer of the land to be developed at Granby Ranch and having the Headwaters Metropolitan district at Granby Ranch put the management contract for the ski and golf amenities out to bid in hopes of attracting a nationally recognized, experienced operator for the amenities to provide a high level of guest satisfaction and increased sales tax revenue.

What do you think are the biggest issues facing your community?

In one word: growth. The issues facing our town as a result of the growth of the last decade and current projects include:

1. Affordable housing,

2. Protecting what we love: open space, clean water and trail access,

3. Transportation,

4. Good jobs that pay well and offer benefits,

5. Code enforcement,

6. Enforcing existing developer obligations and agreements, and

7. Creating a pro-business environment that attracts new businesses to the community.

What could you do as an elected official to help solve these issues?

I am a focused, results oriented person with a strong track record of success. My personal strengths are information gathering, analysis, communication, problem solving and consensus building, which are all necessary skills for the position.

My training and background as an attorney and as a mediator have honed my ability to identify and resolve issues. Plus, I trust my good working relationships with the mayor, law endorsement, local business owners, other country and town officials would be an asset on the board.

Why should people vote for you?

You should vote for me because I am accessible, I will listen to you and I will be a strong voice for your issues and our town interests. I am an experienced candidate with a strong vision for Granby. I bring integrity, fairness and dedication to the position. It would be an honor and a privilege to represent you on the board.

While the agendas are posted publicly and meeting minutes are available on the town website, it is probably not something many of you may look at regularly. I welcome your input and would not want you to miss out getting to share your ideas or concerns on issues that are before the board. For example, I suspect many of you will want input on the recent board discussion of how to improve the 6th avenue intersection just west of the bridge coming into Granby: Should there be a rotary, stoplight or center island? Together we should be able to analyze the options and issues to come up with a solution that works best.

I subscribe to the National Parks project idea of “leave it better than you found it”. I am looking to do that for our town and hope I can count on your support. Thank you.

NICK RAIBLE

Age: 65

Please provide a short background on yourself.

After college, my wife Cathy and I moved to Steamboat to be ski bums. After a few years of being ski instructors and volunteer fire fighters, Cathy went to nursing school and I got a job in medical sales. Employment took us to a few different locations and in 2010, we moved to Granby. I continue to work in the medical device field, Cathy is a Public Health nurse and we have a small business making medical training dolls. We have two sons who live in the Front Range and come up frequently. We love skiing, playing golf, hiking and hunting in Grand County.

Why did you choose to run for election?

I took Jane Harmon’s position as Trustee when she left last summer. I’ve had an opportunity to learn about the Town of Granby and I would like to continue to serve our community.

What do you think are the biggest issues facing your community?

According to a community survey, the three biggest issues are affordable housing, re-vitalizing downtown and completing the Granby Trails project. It is a very exciting time to be a town trustee because we are working on all of these!

What could you do as an elected official to help solve these issues?

Our current Mayor and Town Manager have a vision for the future of our town that I completely support! Regardless of what part of town we live in, I believe we all want the same thing – make the improvements the residents are requesting without losing the Granby feel we all love. I have learned a lot about our community in the last few months as a Trustee and I believe I can continue to make the decisions that are in the best interest of our town.

Why should people vote for you?

I bring a small business and common-sense perspective to the board. It is important to listen to the members of our community and the other board members to be fiscally responsible in the way we conduct the town’s business and I feel that I have demonstrated the ability to do exactly that.

DEBORAH SHAW

Age: 63

Please provide a short background on yourself.

I was born in Boulder, CO in 1954 but raised primarily in San Bernadino, CA. I graduate from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA in 1978 and have a Diplomate in Chiropractic Pediatrics. I am also a certified acupuncturist. I have been married to Dr. Jeffrey Shaw, DC since 1979 and we have lived in Granby since 1981. We have two sons, Steven and Daniel, and two grandsons. I was initially on the Planning Commission and was then appointed to the Town Council in 2003. I have been a Trustee for 15 years and mayor Pro-tem for 5 years.

Why did you choose to run for election?

I choose to run for re-election because it’s important for me to see the development of the Shore Fox property through to a successful and beneficial conclusion. This is a tremendous opportunity for the Town of Granby and I really want to make sure that it gets done right. I have been on the Board while we negotiated the Granby Ranch and Grand elk developments and as the longest-tenured member of the Board I feel I have a tremendous amount of background knowledge in dealing with the development process that is a great asset to the current Board.

What do you think are the biggest issues facing your community?

I feel the biggest issues facing Granby are sensible growth and the need for affordable housing.

What could you do as an elected official to help solve these issues?

I really feel that growth in Granby needs to be in a controlled way. I think that we should try to retain those things that we love about Granby – the small-town feel, the sense of community, a place where people feel welcome – but also to manage growth in a planned and organized way. Concerning affordable housing, this is a huge hot-button issue everywhere in Grand CO. I will work with developers to make sure that their ideas of affordable housing and the Boards’ ideas are on the same page.

Why should people vote for you?

As the longest-tenured member of the Town Council I feel I have a tremendous amount of background knowledge and experienced gain from dealing successfully with the many and varied issues that the Town has faced over the last 15 years. I feel this experience is a great asset to the Town Board. Also, I come to the Town Board with no hidden agendas, and I am there to do what’s in the best interests of the Town.

MARY “CATHY” TINDLE

Age: 59

Please provide a short background on yourself.

I am a Colorado Native but I migrated to Granby from Denver in 1985. I have called Granby my home for twenty-eight years now. My husband “Tom” and I have been married for thirty-one years. I have two adult children and five grand children who all live here in Grand County. I have worked for the Grand County Assessors Office for 18 years.

Why did you choose to run for election?

I did not feel like I was doing enough so I wanted to make more of a difference.

What do you think are the biggest issues facing your community?

The community needs affordable housing. Another issue that is concerning is the speed limit not being enforced on main street and people not acknowledging pedestrians in the cross walks. We are a tourist town which makes our streets very busy at certain times.

What could you do as an elected official to help solve these issues?

We need to communicate with all the businesses along Main Street to hear their voices on the issues. I will work tirelessly in order to attain solutions to all the issues. I will talk with local law enforcement to see what options are available to solve these issues. I would like to start looking at all the options available to try and accomplish affordable housing with in the community.

Why should people vote for you?

I love Granby and I only have its interest in mind. I want to make good changes that help future generations.


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