City Council - At Large
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Commerce City 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 believe that we must enact legislation that will limit the number of wells and pad sites that are located close to our community. Additionally, I will not vote for any new wells from companies that have not retrofitted all previously approved wells in our state that have do not have methane recovery systems in place.
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 support there being common sense legislation in place to limit the number of wells that are close to our municipality. This legislation should include that pad sites may only be located in industrially zoned areas, limit the number of wells that will be in operation, and mandate that all wells must have a methane recovery system.
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:If you answered "no" to the above, why not?
A:I felt that the 2500' setback was too far. I agree with the intent of the proposition, but felt that we should have had a different set back limit. I will work to enact land use code in Commerce City to include a 1350' setback limit.
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 believe that well crafted land use regulations should be enacted to help designate the areas that are appropriate for oil and gas production. I would work to have appropriate zoning and setback limits set within that legislation to ensure the safety of our residents. I would work with the State and Federal authorities to ensure that Commerce City is working to appropriately reduce carbon emissions into the atmosphere. I will support infrastructure investment to offer charging stations for electric vehicles. I will work to implement ride share programs and incentive for city employees to utilize public transportation.
Q:What will you do to attract other environmentally friendly industries such as hemp, solar, wind, geothermal?