Terry Dodd, candidate for Parker Town Council

Posted 9/28/18

20-year resident of Parker

Profession: Real estate broker and construction management

Campaign website: www.facebook.com/TerryDodd4Parker/

Why are you seeking this office? Parker needs a listening …

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Terry Dodd, candidate for Parker Town Council

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20-year resident of Parker

Profession: Real estate broker and construction management

Campaign website: www.facebook.com/TerryDodd4Parker/

Why are you seeking this office?

Parker needs a listening ear, responsible growth management, and a staunch advocacy for its citizens — a statesman. Growth requires tough decisions and Parker's problems need attention before becoming irreversible. I wish to preserve Parker's small-town heritage for coming generations and keep Parker a great place for families and small businesses. The people's grievances need to be handled in a proactive manner and long-term problems have been created to appease short-term desires.

What makes you the best choice for this office?

As a statesman, I am committed to securing the rights of the people and understand the proper pecking order. The proper pecking order is creator, people, constitution, government and bureaucracies, in that order. I will not bow to any special interest. Whenever the interests of the people of Parker are being adversely affected, I will not take a neutral stance. I want Parker to thrive and be the place my grandkids want to live.

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

Town council is a policy-making board. Those policies affect every aspect of the town from the Master Plan to how the town staff serves the people. Communication and accountability begin with leadership. As your representative, I intend to ensure proper growth management, a strong two-way communication with the townspeople, and improved accountability on the part of the entire town administration. Parker can thrive and have fun while acting fiscally responsible.

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

Right now, the population growth impacting Parker is running ahead of the infrastructure to support it, creating unacceptable traffic congestion at key intersections. Options to resolve these problems are limited, costly and take time. Growth in population density cannot be allowed to continue to outpace the needed solutions as the problems will only keep getting more severe. It is going to take a coordinated effort with counties, CDOT and the town along with the courage of town council to say “whoa.”

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

Communities thrive best with well-managed growth, providing for needed services, jobs, investments etc. However, growth has adversely transformed towns and communities. Sometimes, good leadership will step back and say "wait, is this really the direction we want to go?" We have important issues that must be addressed in Parker. Town council should not be a rubber stamp for new development if the town and its residents may be injured in any significant way.

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