Question about Voelz that voters are making a decision about in recall election: Should he be recalled from office? Window: Tell us a little about yourself and involvement in the community. Jon …
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The following Q&A, which was part of a recall election guide published in a recent print issue of the Westminster Window, has been edited for length and clarity. The recall election guide included Q&As with the two candidates involved in the recall election, Jon Voelz and Kathleen Dodaro, and the two groups campaigning for either side, Defend Westminster and the Westminster Water Warriors. For more information and previous reporting on the recall election, see the recall election web page.
Question about Voelz that voters are making a decision about in recall election: Should he be recalled from office?
Window: Tell us a little about yourself and involvement in the community.
Jon Voelz: I live with my partner and miniature schnauzer in the Hyland Greens East neighborhood.
In addition to my bachelor’s degree in political science, I went back to graduate school and earned a masters certificate in Public Management. I was previously elected town council President in my old hometown before moving to Westminster.
After moving to Westminster several years ago I immediately got involved in the community. I worked at every neighborhood and open space volunteer clean up I could find. Eventually, I applied for and was appointed to our city’s inclusivity board. I served on that board for a few years before my service on city council. I have always enjoyed public service at the local level.
Why do you want to continue serving on Westminster City Council?
We have made great progress in the past few years, but there is still a lot to do. On open space land acquisition, I worked hard to get $1½ million added to this year’s budget, while continuing to maintain a high level of maintenance on the land we already have.
I am proud of my record supporting all requests by our police and fire departments to make sure they have the best equipment and training. I have also supported the police department as it continues to work on reforms and responding to recently passed state laws. I also want to continue supporting the work to make our city welcoming and inclusive where everyone feels encouraged to participate.
What is your position on water rates in Westminster?
We have spent more than a year discussing water rates, including several special study sessions dedicated to this one topic. What I would like to hear now is; what is the plan from the recall supporters to address our aging water and sewer infrastructure and how do they plan to replace our old water treatment plant that is at the end of its service.
The recall election ballot language says you should be recalled for your “failure to support lower water rates in Westminster.” How do you respond to that?
The statement is ridiculous and misleading. I was not even on the city council at the time of the council vote on water rates that supposedly triggered the irregular July recall election. That vote on water rates occurred in 2018, and I did not join Council until January 2019.
As a matter of fact, there have only been two votes on water rates since I joined council, and both times, once in 2020 and once in 2021, I have voted against the recommended water rate increases.
If you are not recalled, what will be your goals on Westminster City Council in the near future?
I worked hard to get $1.5 million added to the open space land acquisition fund, so I would like to help with the process of adding to our open space land and trails. We have added nearly 1,000 units of attainable/workforce housing while I have been on council. I would like to continue to find ways to provide attainable housing. I was instrumental in a neighborhood initiative to assist residents in creating tools to make sure their neighborhoods continue to be safe and thrive.
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