Cheryl Poage, candidate for Parker Town Council

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46-year resident of Parker

Profession: Instructor for the National Fire Academy and South Metro Safety Foundation

Campaign website: www.poage.com

Why are you seeking this office?

I am seeking this office, because I truly care about this community and its future. I have no financial or business interests in Parker, only a concerned citizen's point of view. My educational and professional experience provides me with a unique skill-set with which to deal with governmental entities. I have developed and completed many governmental collaborative projects, and I would like to utilize these skills to assist our community.

What makes you the best choice for this office?

I have worked with numerous local, state, and federal offices and have the experience and education to effectively manage this position. I started the Parker Parks and Open Space Commission and succeeded in starting the Cherry Creek Trail system, establishing additional parks, the recreation center, implementing planning policy to ensure that new developments provided their share of impact fees and pocket parks, and passing a funding mechanism to fund future parks and recreation which is still providing these resources in Parker.

What are the most important duties of a member of council?

The most important duty is to listen to all sectors of the community and to ensure that the impacts of growth do not negatively impact the residents while retaining a balanced budget. A number of important commissions have been deactivated and those oversight roles have been eliminated; I will work to implement active citizen oversight. Involving other sectors of the community is an important role of a town council member.

What should be done to ensure a high quality of life for residents as the town's population continues to grow?

The town master plan needs to both lower residential density and require developers to play a larger role in reducing the traffic and park impacts they create. Additional efforts need to be made to work with the state and the E-470 Authority to address transportation issues and support business needs for lower income employees. Open space and the historic character of Parker need to be preserved, both through the activation of citizen committees, grants, and intergovernmental cooperation.

What will your top priority be if you are elected to this office?

I am dedicated to preserving the quality of life and the small-town feel for Parker residents. Mirroring the excessive growth of neighboring cities will continue to add to the transportation issues as well as impacts to schools and parks that all of us face. Tax burdens will increase as the demand for infrastructure and governmental services increase. My priorities will be focused on finding solutions for these issues.

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