RTD District G race: Lasater wants seat at table

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Gary Lasater tossed his hat in the ring as a candidate to represent District G as one of the 15 members of the board of directors of the Regional Transportation District.

“I became a candidate because I felt District G needs better representation on the board of directors,” Lasater said. “I don't feel it is right that RTD has consistently cut services or threatened to cut services for the Parker area.”

He said he was a member of the Metro Mayors Caucus that supported the 2004 FasTracks proposal to expand mass transit by adding 119 of rail transit and 18 miles of bus rapid transit in the metro area.

“No one could have seen the change in the economic climate we have gone through that has created financial challenges for FasTracks,” he said. “But I feel FasTracks should be completed for the entire metro area before any line extensions are done.”

Lasater was born in Utah and raised in Florida. The family moved to Colorado in 1968 and he graduated from Bear Creek High School

Lasater and his family moved to the Parker area in 1994. He served as Parker mayor from 1996 until 2004. He was then term-limited as mayor, but he became a candidate and was elected to the town council in 2004 and again in 2008.

He said he had done some research and it appears the fees and taxes District G paid to RTD are higher than those paid by any of the other 14 districts.

“I feel the residents of District G are paying more and receiving less service,” he said.

Lasater owns and operates an online financial services platform that is used by other agencies. He said his company was similar to cloud computing before cloud was introduced.

He and his wife of 31 years live in the Parker area. They have two daughters, two sons and two granddaughters.