Recall election candidates: Kathleen Dodaro

A Q&A with Kathleen Dodaro, who is running against Councilor Jon Voelz in Westminster's recall election

Posted 7/12/21

Question about Dodaro that voters are making a decision about in recall election: Should she be elected to council if Voelz is recalled? Window: Tell us a little about yourself and your involvement …

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Recall election candidates: Kathleen Dodaro

A Q&A with Kathleen Dodaro, who is running against Councilor Jon Voelz in Westminster's recall election

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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 Dodaro that voters are making a decision about in recall election: Should she be elected to council if Voelz is recalled?

Window: Tell us a little about yourself and your involvement in the community.

Kathleen Dodaro: I grew up in Westminster and have lived here most of my life. I raised my daughter in Westminster and am now enjoying spending time with my grandson here in the same community that was been home to two generations before him. My husband and I have lived in the Hyland Greens neighborhood for 22 years and I serve on the HOA in my community.

I have a PhD in the Philosophy of Organizations and Management with a specialization in HR Law. I currently am a professor at Regis University.

I served on Adams County Workforce Board. In that position, I helped author a multi-million-dollar grant for workforce development and presented the grant application to the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington D.C. I also served on the human services board for Westminster and on the Adams County Open Space Board. In addition, I served as president of the National Disability Management Employer’s Coalition and, for over 5 years, functioned as an active member of the advisory board for curriculum development for Community Colleges of Denver.

Why do you want to serve on Westminster City Council?

I want to serve on Council because I care about Westminster and the residents. I listen to peoples’ stories, and I hear their concerns and fears. People who have called Westminster their home for most of their life, just like me. I never intended to be running for office right now, but I know a change is needed and I am compelled to serve.

What is your position on water rates in Westminster?

We need to reduce rates and hold developers accountable to pay more equitable tap fees and infrastructure development. We also need to control spending through the budget where money is being wasted so that we can appropriately direct funds to the most critical needs in the city.

What do you understand of Jon Voelz’s position on water rates? Based on your understanding of his position on water rates, do you think he deserves to be recalled for it? If so, why?*

Jon had the opportunity to vote to reduce rates last year and voted to continue on the current path of increased rates. The citizens of Westminster decided that Jon needed to be recalled. This bi-partisan group of citizens put in incredible amounts of time and their own money to stand up for themselves and their fellow citizens and recall all the councilors who refused to represent their will. Jon was only one of the councilors who they petitioned to recall, but because of various circumstances was, the only one who’s position is going to a special election.

*Voelz explains his position on water rates in his Q&A with the Window

If Jon Voelz is recalled and you are elected in his place, what would be your goals as a member of Westminster City Council?

My main goals are to elicit the feedback and involvement of bi-partisan resident groups, board, and commissions as well as business owners, be transparent and take the steps necessary to thoroughly review decisions, review the city salary structure, reduce water rates, preserve our suburban lifestyle by making common sense decisions when it comes to growth and crime.

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