Robert Mark Ihrig, candidate for Parker Town Council

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11-year resident of Parker

Profession:  Auctioneer, appraiser, business Owner, musician, author

Campaign website:  www.robertmarkihrig.com

Why are you seeking this office?

I am running for office for three reasons. First, I am a homeowner in Parker and my wife and I have a vested interest in the future of Parker. Secondly, because of Parker's rapid growth, important decisions need to be made for the community. I wish for property values to be maintained. Thirdly, I am a small business owner, and local and small business is the flavor of any community, their interests need to be considered.

What makes you the best choice for this office?

The only asset any candidate has to offer is who they actually are, which includes their background, work experience and education. Candidates can say anything, but what exactly have they done? My wife and I had a book published in January that outlines what I have done. The book is titled “Million Dollar Party: A Restaurant Memoir.”

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

No candidate will please everyone.  And, there are many important decisions facing our community. Therefore, the most important duties of a councilmember is to listen carefully to the people who live in this community, and to be accessible. Councilmembers should be honest, and they should not have personal agendas for financial gain.

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

There are thousands of homes being built in Parker and the surrounding area, which will require decisions to be made for efficient transportation and ease of access.  Additional services and shopping for the citizens will be needed in the near future. The city needs to maintain a high standard of sanitation, while offering appropriate activities and events to help keep our town vibrant.  There are some areas within our community that need to up upgraded and beautified.

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

My top priority will be listening carefully to the people of Parker.  Anyone who is willing to share his or her ideas should be heard. On the front of our Town Hall are these words, “The ultimate authority… resides in the people alone,” by James Madison. I believe that “we the people” of Parker should speak and our elected officials should listen. I promise to listen.

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