City Council - Ward 4
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Will you commit to refusing campaign contributions from fossil fuel companies?
Q:Do you agree that the continued proliferation of oil and gas extraction is a major contributor to the climate crisis?
Q:Do you pledge to support/advance policies that protect communities from the cumulative impacts of climate change?
Q:If you answered "Yes" to the above question, how will you protect communities?
A:By utilizing the local control given to us by SB-181 to champion the strictest regulations on industry activity in the metro in partnership with impacted residents, local environmental activists, and organizations such as Conservation Colorado and Colorado Rising. By working to dismantle sacrifice zones where low income communities bear the brunt of externalities generated by extractive industry and holding those industries accountable to the community for the damage they've done.
Q:Do you support state Senate Bill 19-181 which grants local governments authority over oil & gas operations within their jurisdiction?
Q:Do you believe that local governments should have the right to enact bans or moratoria on fracking to safeguard residents from the inherent dangers associated with oil & gas development?
Q:If yes on the above, do you support a ban on fracking in your municipality?
Q:Did you support Proposition 112, which aimed to create 2500 foot setbacks for homes, schools, hospitals, parks, playgrounds and water sources from all new oil & gas operations?
Q:Do you agree that the COGCC should pause all new permits for oil & gas development until the new rule-making process is complete and an independent cumulative impact study has been done?
Q:Will you advocate for state agencies and the oil and gas industry to abide by the precautionary principle in order to protect Colorado’s air, water, and public health?
Q:What are your specific plans to reduce the threat of climate change once you get into office?
A:I want to ensure that Aurora is not contributing to the poor air quality on the front range by putting the most stringent regulations in place on extractive industry possible under SB-181 in order to protect our health and safety, including an outright ban on fracking if Longmont's ban is able to be reinstated. I want to update our building codes to require energy-efficient windows, HVAC systems, and solar energy generation for new construction and major remodels within our city limits. I want to revise our unified development ordinance to encourage organic growth with a focus on density, accessibility, and multi-modal transit in order to minimize runoff pollution, save money on infrastructure, and reduce water use.
Q:What will you do to attract other environmentally friendly industries such as hemp, solar, wind, geothermal?
A:I would like to explore the feasibility of an energy utility focusing on geothermal, solar, and wind generation for the city of Aurora. If that is not possible at this time, I see an opportunity for these industries to find a home along the eastern plains of our city to serve not just Aurora but the rest of the Front Range as we move beyond fossil fuels. I am also championing the chartering of a municipal bank, which would be able to help the nascent hemp industry take off.