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Aurora Candidates Candidate Score Card
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:I will support policies to protect our health and safety including setbacks from residential and business areas. I will support more research of impacts to set better standards for all oil and gas operations. I will support standards on oil and gas operators to protect our communities’ health. I will work with the city to ensure full costs for oil and gas operations are paid for by oil and gas operators, including any clean up and costs to our transportation systems. I am concerned the city of Aurora’s current leadership approved operator agreements that cannot be altered - I will work with the city to ensure all operations prior and going forward meet the standards set by our state and city.
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?
A:I would support a moratorium to determine next steps for impacts on the community, including on our workers and the city. We need to develop a plan to transition our dependence on fossil fuels.
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:In addition to comments above in support of more local control of oil and gas operations, I support a carbon reduction target for Aurora and support the state 2016 goals as well. I would like Aurora to be a leader on this, and will support our city moving to using renewable energies and take energy reduction steps in our own buildings. I will also work with the city council and city manager to work with contractors/developers that have similar policies. I would like Aurora to be a hub for entrepreneurialism in green energy, as we have the space and the workforce for it. I also have excellent relationships and endorsements with Arapahoe County Commissioners, Adams County Commissioners, and members of Aurora’s state delegation. I will work with regional leaders to address carbon reduction in a more comprehensive way.
Q:What will you do to attract other environmentally friendly industries such as hemp, solar, wind, geothermal?
A:I will work with environmental friendly industries to see the benefits of development in Aurora. Unlike most of the cities in the Denver metro area, Aurora has the land to locate hemp, solar, wind and geothermal companies. With recent changes in federal guidelines, Aurora is updating its policy around hemp production and the opportunity for Aurora to produce hemp is available. With proximity to rail, interstate and the Denver International Airport, I will promote our city to be the city of green entrepreneurship and innovation. I will collaborate with Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties as well as our state partners to develop a regional climate change plan that will include recruitment of environmentally friendly industries. Currently, the city offers tax incremental financing to new businesses coming to Aurora. I would support incentives if there is a return on investment such as projects including community benefits of high paying jobs, hiring locally and also offering sustainable environmental businesses. I want to attract environmentally responsible industry to our city, who will also employ Aurorans. I will work with the city to make Aurora better in every way possible, from working to increase our housing stock for people of all income levels, work on mixed-used zoning to help with equity in our schools, work with our university and technical education systems for more Aurora young people, and our health care systems, to ensure there are jobs for Aurorans in their own sectors. We need to ensure we have the housing, the education, the jobs, and the infrastructure to attract the best of businesses to Aurora - and my plan is to do so.