Council names seat finalists

Arvada City Council announces five candidates as council seat finalists

Crystal Anderson
Arvada City Council narrowed the list of applicants down to five finalists in the running for the District 1 council seat in a meeting, Friday, Jan. 3.
Candidates moving forward in the process are Rebecca Anderson, John Crouse, Kathleen Drulard, Gerald `Jerry Marks, and Nancy Murray. The announcement comes after a vacancy was left by former Councilwoman, Rachel Zenzinger, who was appointed to the Colorado State Senate, Dec. 10.
Applications for the seat opened up Dec. 10, and eligible candidates had three weeks to apply for the position, which closed Dec. 30. Sixteen residents applied for the District 1 seat, leaving council with a variety to choose from.
“I think that the entire candidate pool was great,” Mayor Marc Williams said after the Jan. 3 meeting. “It was a tough process to narrow down to five, but I’m thrilled with the candidates we decided on.”
The council chose the five candidates based off of the application each candidate submitted detailing their education, professional and decision-making experience, their availability and willingness to serve on the council, and a statement explaining why they want to serve on the city council.
“There were many qualified individuals applying for the position and I’m both excited and honored to be one of the finalists,” said Nancy Murray, a District 1 seat candidate. “I’ve lived in Arvada for 20 years and it really is a great community, if I’m appointed, it’s a way for me to give back through my time, skills and experience and help ensure that it continues to be a place where people want to live and work.”
The five candidates were chosen after council members reviewed every application and ranked them in order of individuals they believed would best serve the city and council. Candidates with three or more council members voting for them were chosen.
“We’re trying to be fair, it’s a big decision,” said Councilman-at-Large Bob Fifer regarding the chosen candidates. “It’s neat because we’re removed from the personal aspect, we can make an unbiased decision.”
Interviews for the District 1 seat will be in a candidate forum, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Friday, Jan. 10 in the third floor conference room at Arvada City Hall, 8101 Ralston Road. Following the forum, council will make a final vote, choosing the next District 1 Councilmember.
“I feel confident, they’re highly qualified and passionate individuals of our community and excited they’re volunteering their time to be a part of this,” Fifer said.
For several of the candidates, such as Jerry Marks, Kathy Drulard and Rebecca Anderson, being a part of the city council will allow them to continue serving the Arvada community and be a voice for the constituents of District 1.
“Being a council member will allow me to have an active role in the decision making process for our community,” Anderson said. “I intend to be a link between residents and city leadership, using input from all interested parties to keep our city developing in a positive direction.”
For other candidates, like John Crouse, being a part of council would allow him the opportunity to help continue the work of the council and help Arvada remain a vibrant city.
“Arvada faces important issues such as neighborhood redevelopment and revitalization, transportation, and keeping our parks and other facilities first class,” he said. “Arvada is a wonderful city. Serving on the Arvada City Council will allow me to help ensure that Arvada remains a great place to live, work, play, and raise a family.”
Public comment will be taken until noon, Thursday, Jan. 9, by email to the city clerk’s office, or by mail to the City Clerk’s Office, Arvada City Hall 8101 Ralston Road.
The candidate forum will be 8 a.m., Friday, Jan. 10, in the third floor conference room at the Arvada City Hall, 8101 Ralston Road.