Meet the Fraser Candidates
Questions:1. What do like the about Fraser?2. What experience qualifies you to be Mayor/Trustee?3. What do you think is the most serious issue facing Fraser in the next four years?4. What solutions do you propose for the immediate problems facing Fraser?Name: Scotty BrentTown: FraserRunning for trustee or mayor: mayorOccupation: Chairlift electrician at Winter Park ResortWorking in Grand County since 1998. Fraser resident since 2003. Fraser homeowner since 2004 Original hometown: Littleton, ColoradoFamily: wife, Liza; sons, Keith and Wyatt1. Our friendly, home-town feel. 2. I have served as a Fraser trustee since 2008, and as a planning commissioner from 2005-2011. Through my years of interaction with the public I feel like I know what the citizens of Fraser want from town government. Through my experience in the boardroom I feel like I have a good shot at giving them what they want. I have no illusions of being able to please everyone but I will do what is best for as many of us as I can.3. Our future financial challenges continue to be our most serious issue. Growth, and how to manage it responsibly, are also a major concern.4. As far as our financial challenges go, we can’t control the economy. In the past the town has been conservative with its funds. This has put us in a good position to ride out the storm. As mayor I would urge the board to continue to make responsible budget decisions, work to grow local businesses, and attract new businesses to town. Our goal is to continue to provide as many services as possible while not compromising our stability or exposing us to unnecessary risk. Growth is a reality, but it shouldn’t impact our quality of life or our financial future. Growth should bring prosperity to the community, not enrich a small group of outsiders at the cost of the locals. I support growth that makes sense.Name: Adam CwiklnTown: FraserRunning for trustee or mayor: trusteeOccupation: Waiter, B.S. Wildlife BiologyHow many years in Grand County: Since 1993Family: Family in Colorado and WyomingPets: dog – The Sukha Bear1. I love the community feel, knowing my neighbors.2. I am qualified because I have an education in natural resources, professional experience in contract development and due diligence, prior community involvement in conservation, water and sewer, the town board (2004-2010) and I love my town.3. I think the most pressing issue will be to guide the towns growth during economic recovery.Name: Clark LipscombTown: FraserRunning for trustee or mayor?: trusteeOccupation: Real Estate DevelopmentEducation: Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus on finance and accounting, University of Texas How many years in Grand County? 8Original hometown: Nocona, TexasFamily: wife – Meredith, daughter – Elizabeth (Liz) 6, son – Mason 2Pets: black lab – Ellie, yellow lab – Daisy, 2 horses – Goldie and Maggie, fish – fin1. The sense of community and convenience makes Fraser an especially appealing place to live and raise a family. We have a stellar elementary school, library, and recreational facilities that rival or exceed those of much larger communities. The scenic beauty and outdoor recreation are beyond compare. 2. I was raised in a family business and moved to Colorado after graduating from the University of Texas. I worked in a restaurant and as a lift operator for two ski seasons and then started to work as an accountant for Cornerstone Holdings where I eventually became President of Real Estate. I have 16 years of experience operating and developing various real estate ventures around the country. Developing real estate for 16 years requires patience, a lot of listening, negotiating, and understanding of others positions and ideas. With multiple projects and numerous staff in many locations, efficient, quality communication and direction is essential to succeeding. I will bring the same positive idea driven approach as a Fraser trustee focusing on improving jobs and bringing more business to Fraser. 3. The Town’s financial position has not been good for several years. Its current approved budget reflects spending approximately $750,000 more than it will take in. The loss of jobs, businesses, population base, and visitors have all contributed to this financial position and deficit spending. It will be very difficult to overcome these circumstances in future years without a significant turnaround in the local economy.4. We should first start by not spending more than the Town takes in. I have not seen the same types of changes at the Town as I have seen local businesses undergo and believe it is possible for the Town to operate more efficiently while providing the same or better services to its residents and guests. Sales tax revenues make up the majority of Fraser’s revenues and it is essential that we promote existing businesses and attract new businesses to diversify Fraser’s revenues and create a more sustainable job base. Economic development is essential to maintaining, enhancing, and growing Fraser. Name: Philip NaillTown: FraserRunning for trustee or mayor: trusteeOccupation: Self employed, co-owner of O2 Creative How many years in Grand County: 22 Original hometown: KremmlingFamily: Partner and our 5-month-old sonPets: Two pugs1. The friendly community of people, the diversity of residents, the natural beauty, and the outdoor activities, in that order.2. I am currently a Trustee for the Town of Fraser, having filled a vacant seat in October 2011. Prior to that, I served on the town’s Planning Commission from 2008-2011. As a small business owner, I know the hardships of a down economy, and I know how to survive it.3. There are several: town revenue, road repairs, and upgrading the utility infrastructure.4. We need to address the town revenue issue on two fronts. First, we have to come up with a comprehensive plan to support our local businesses. Second, we need to find more ways to robustly promote Fraser, in order to attract more visitors and new businesses.Name: Jeff PearsonTown : FraserRunning for Trustee or Mayor? trusteeOccupation: Winter Park Resort Grounds Maintenance Crew Member and Parking Control Lead, Flower Rooster, Realtor and Personal InvestorEducation: B.S., Agricultural Economics, Kansas State UniversityHow many years in Grand County: 9Original hometown: Osage City, KSFamily: SinglePets: 2 Mixed Breed Dogs – Dumb Friends League Alumni1. The greatest aspect of Fraser is the vast diversity of individuals who mix and match ourselves into a caring and involved community. I was first drawn to this area, as most of us were, by the numerous recreational opportunities and easy access to the natural wonders. But it is the friends, neighbors and small town “we got it made” attitude which will keep me here.2. I was encouraged – drafted you might say – to run for a Trustee position by a few colleagues whom each have worked for the betterment of Fraser in various capacities. While serving on several professional and volunteer boards and committees, I have developed an open minded, yet questioning personality. This capacity has lent myself to take a thoughtful, fact based and prioritizing approach to decision making. I believe that each of us should give back to our communities, and this is a way in which I can do that.3. The most serious issue in Fraser is financial stability – maintaining a positive budget while providing a high level of cost effective services to our community. Fraser, and most mountain towns, rely heavily on sales tax revenues and the weather. We can’t control the weather, so retaining our current businesses and attracting new businesses should be a priority for this community.4. The most effective way to promote positive change within the Fraser Valley is to continue and expand upon the government-to-government and public-private joint operating agreements which have begun to take told in eastern Grand County. Development is not always a popular topic in mountain communities, however, managed and controlled economic growth is an essential part of expanding our quality of life. Collectively I know we can preserve Fraser’s heritage, coordinate services among neighboring communities, foster new businesses and maintain that ‘we got it made’ feeling that we all love. Name: Cheri SandersTown: FraserRunning for trustee or mayor: trustee Occupation: Slope Groomer for Winter Park Resort, Construction ServicesHow many years in Grand County: Fraser native 53 yearsOriginal hometown: Fraser has been home to 7 generations of my familyFamily: Husband and best friend Billy Sanders, daughter Cori Armstrong (husband Howard), granddaughter Morgan Armstrong, soon to be grandson William Goran Armstrong. Pets: Wolf/Husky/Malamute – Millie1. I like that Fraser still has a home town feel and its unique characteristics make it a place where people want to live. The sense of community among its residents is very strong. Fraser has a progressive attitude but is mindful about development as to not negatively impact its current or future citizens.2. I served as a Trustee on the Fraser town board, Fraser Planning Commission member and Grand County Growth Board member. I have been involved with the East Grand Water Quality Board and was the Grand County representative to the WPRA advisory board. Having lived in Fraser my entire life I have seen both the positive and negative results of growth in Fraser. I believe those experiences are helpful in making educated decisions regarding Fraser’s future.3. Some of the recent development has put a financial burden on the town and its resources. The town has more expenditures than it has revenues. Increasing our revenues for sustainability into the future should be a priority. Over extending ourselves in the wrong direction is not in the best interest of the town. Sprawl development will only add to the problem. There needs to be a balance between promoting revenue generating businesses and residential growth. 4. Common sense says there are no instant solutions, however I believe there are ways to be more efficient in how Fraser operates. Infilling Fraser’s core downtown and offering incentives to bring in new businesses that offer diversity would be a start. The resources and services are already in place. Finding a developer who ideas and goals are complimentary to the town’s would be helpful in the progression of a downtown development project.Name: Peggy SmithTown: FraserRunning for trustee or mayor: mayorEducation: BS in Recreation University of Colorado, Boulder; MBA in Finance, University of DenverOccupation: Events Manager at the Competition Center and Real Estate Broker with Real Estate of Winter ParkHow many years have you lived in Grand County: 13 Original Hometown: Denver, COFamily: Husband: Peter Nelson, Architect; Son: Connor Nelson, Student and Ski Coach; Son: Spencer Nelson, deceased.Pets: Sam an 11-year-old Australian Shepherd mix and Zeppelin a 1-year-old Spanish Water Dog1. I love the raw beauty of the landscape that surrounds us and the ‘can do attitude’ of all who make Fraser their home. 2. As a 13-year resident of the Fraser Valley I have had the opportunity to participate in the community as a mother, a volunteer and a business woman. I am currently serving on the Fraser Board of Trustees, Winter Park Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce, Grand Mountain Bike Alliance, and the Colorado Association of Ski Towns. I am a past member of the Fraser Planning Commission, the Grand County Housing Board and the Fox Run Board of Directors. 3. I believe the most serious issue facing the entire Fraser Valley is transportation. We have all benefited from the Winter Park Resort providing transportation for our guests, residents and employees and we are seeing that model change by necessity. With the Resort’s decision to stop funding Meadow Ridge and Winter Park Ranch bus service the Fraser Valley was put on notice that a sustainable model for transportation must be implemented. 4. I believe that through collaboration with the town of Winter Park, Winter Park Resort and Grand County we can find a mutually acceptable long term solution to our transportation problem. Solving this problem will give Winter Park Resort the opportunity to use the money previously allocated for bus service for marketing which will benefit the entire Fraser Valley. Name: Eileen WaldowTown: FraserRunning for trustee or mayor: trusteeOccupation: Grocery clerk at Safeway, Manager of Waldow & Daughter TruckingEducation: B.S. in Medical Technology. Worked in Blood Bank at St Joes, Milwaukee for 8 years and in Microbiology at Poudre Valley Medical Center, Ft. Collins for 22 years.How many years in Grand County: Part time since 1977, full time since 1996Original hometown: Lodi, WisconsinFamily: Married for 40 years. 3 children and 4 grandchildren all living in Grand CountyPets: After 30 years of having dogs, have one cat who is in charge of the house. Have 6 grand-dogs.1. I like that it’s a small town with friendly people who have made Fraser their home and the place to raise their families. I like how our long winters make for closer relationships, how people depend more on one another, working together and forgetting their differences. I like the life and the people of Fraser and even more, I like the life in the people of Fraser. We’re hardy folk and I’m proud to be among them.2. To me, the town is not a project waiting to get ‘built out’, it’s a living, breathing entity with a life of its own. And like any life, it needs protection from those who would use the town to further their own agenda. I have been a board member of the Fort Collins Housing Authority where we were heavily involved with financial, political, and social issues of that city. I am a past president of the Colorado Association of Homeschoolers and a strong proponent of quality education through our local public schools. I traveled to Washington, DC this summer supporting the Save Our Schools rally, in an ongoing effort to bring local control back to our schools. I believe my financial background as bookkeeper for Infinite West will serve the town well. I have been a member of Businesses Without Boarders since its inception, working to stimulate local business by educating people of the intrinsic and social values of shopping local.3. The economy has driven people out of Grand County, it has dampened our economic outlook, eaten away our savings and taken an ax to the value of our homes. The nation seems to be coming back. This is the time to be especially on guard, lest in our hurry to regain some semblance of security and prosperity, we compromise our principles to hasten our economic recovery. Do I want to see Fraser grow? Of course, I do! But I want to see us grow in a manner that leaves us with very things that attracted us here in the first place: a friendly town, a viable economy and a clean environment.4. Fraser should join the digital community by hooking into the fiber-optics system. This would reduce start-up costs for new businesses and allow people to move here and bring their job with them. Fraser needs to do its part to establish and support county-wide, year-round public transportation. We also need a public education plan to teach residents and guests alike of the value of shopping locally. I pledge to work to maintain and enhance the Fraser lifestyle and keep our community safe, prosperous and well-maintained. (Answers not submitted: Vesta Shapiro)
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