Mark Clark

Westminster City Council candidate

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Address: 3317 W 113 Ave Westminster CO 80031

Background: Adams 12 Five Star Schools' Board of Education for eight years, three years as vice-president, four years president. Vice President Adams County Board of Cooperative Educational Services for eight years. Director, Colorado Association of School Boards three years. Vice Chair of Valley District, Denver Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. President Westminster 7:10 Rotary 2014-2015 and Westminster 7:10 Rotary Foundation 2015-2016. Scoutmaster Northglenn Troop 212 BSA, Den Leader Pack 372 Westminster. Alumni of Westminster Citizens Police Academy. Appointed by City Council to serve on the Westminster Building and Fire Code Update Task Force.Westminster Native, graduated from Ranum High School and Community College of Denver. Small business owner in the construction industry for 30 years.

Best contact information for the public:  303-589-6202, MarkClark1113@gmail.com

http://clarkforwestminster.com/

1.) Please describe your leadership style in three words.

Proven, Responsive, Balanced

2.) Describe the skills and experience that make you the best candidate for the job.

I have seen our city grow and have seen the challenges that accompany growth. I have experience working with five different cities and their governments regarding infrastructure and IGAs (Inter-Governmental Agreements). I am also experienced with balancing the needs and wants of many different constituent groups. As a small business owner, I understand what will bring more businesses to the city and with them, more jobs. As a construction professional I also know how building codes and restrictions affect those businesses.

3.) Please list your top three priorities if elected.

Our families and business owners deserve the highest degree of public safety our police and fire departments can provide. Our police and fire staff also deserve the highest degree of safety. I will work with our first responders to ensure they have the equipment and training necessary.: The only thing more important than public safety is a good job to pay the bills. Westminster should not be creating government jobs, but it should assist those employers who are trying to create private-sector jobs. A city should provide adequate funds for economic development efforts. Additionally, it is time to pay just as much attention to keeping current employers in Westminster, so our citizens can work where they live. Westminster is financially solvent, and doesn't need tax increases. However, we continually need to look for ways to reduce ongoing costs through innovation and by being efficient with your money.

4.) How do you see Westminster best taking advantage of the economic boom in Metropolitan Denver?

The city should work with private industry, developers and businesses to find a mutually beneficial plan to take advantage of what all areas of Westminster have to offer. The current comprehensive development plan for the city should be reviewed, updated and followed to allow for city wide opportunities. All areas of the city should be considered for new opportunities, not just one. While some forms of economic incentives might occasionally be necessary to encourage new businesses to locate in Westminster, we cannot forget about those businesses that are here now and have been here for many years.

5.) Explain your opinion regarding the city's role in promoting or reacting to ethnic and linguistic diversity?

The city's role is to make sure all of our citizens and employees are safe, the infrastructure of the city is sound, and the city is financially secure. It is not the city's role to make policies regarding official language. In the Adams 12 Five Star School District there are 70 different languages spoken in the homes of students. If we are to use more than one language, which one should we choose? There are federal laws in effect to insure the hiring of qualified individuals regardless of ethnicity and other categories. There are civil laws that must be followed by all and those who choose not to follow the law should all face the same consequences, regardless of ethnicity, background or other demographic classifications.

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