BRIGHTON — Mark Humbert and wife, Allison, moved to Brighton more than 12 years ago. The husband-and-wife team brought with them their passion for being involved in their hometown community by embarking on developing a local media business, Local Color Magazine, and by joining efforts to improve Brighton’s quality of life.
Humbert has served the people of Brighton as a member of Rotary, with the heART of Brighton and by supporting Relay for Life’s efforts to find a cure for cancer. He has worked tirelessly to help restore the Armory to its current glory and helped found Help for Homes, a yearly undertaking of local volunteers and civic groups that performs work such as painting, yard cleaning or upgrading local residences.
Mark and Allison also offer scholarships to high school graduates wishing to pursue journalism as a career. As a reporter of local news and editor of three local publications and — more importantly — as a concerned citizen, Mark Humbert has become a fixture at local events and city and school district meetings. It is this unique understanding of the workings of government that Humbert feels makes him the most qualified candidate to serve as Ward 4 City Council member.
“I have used my political science degree throughout my 45-year career observing and reporting on local government, my somewhat unique perspective of these events and by listening to my neighbors’ concerns to understand the needs of Brighton,” Humbert said. He also feels strongly in supporting and promoting locally owned businesses as well as the city as a whole.
Humbert said he wants to bring sustainable and intelligent growth to Brighton. He feels that safety and security in public areas and in the overall community are a major concern to his neighbors and he plans to make this one of his priorities if elected.
Q&A with Mark Humbert
Why are you running for office?
Since the day we chose to move to Brighton in 2001 (to be closer to our jobs in Denver), people of this city have been kind, helpful and sincere. I believe people should give back to the community where they live, and I have never felt more of a desire to do that than in Brighton, whether it’s telling Brighton’s story, donating to the Armory, offering a writing scholarships or starting a house-painting project. Serving on City Council, for me, is the highest level of community service, and I’d love to serve my neighbors throughout the city.
What makes you the most qualified
candidate for this office?
I have used my political science degree throughout my 45-year career, observing and reporting on local governments throughout that time, including the past seven-plus years in Brighton. From my somewhat unique perspective, I’ve been able to listen to my neighbors’ concerns and pass those along to city officials, then report back and sometimes act … just as a council member might do.
What do you feel is the top priority for
City Council heading into 2014?
Sustainable, intelligent growth, following long-and short-term goals that might change as time passes. The top need of the ideal city is high-quality, available, affordable water and efficient means to convey it. That is followed closely by other infrastructure needs, such as quality streets (and trails) with strong connectivity, however, no matter what we do, we must balance those needs with affordability, particularly to our residents and future generations.
What do you believe you can
do to support and promote
locally owned and small
businesses in Brighton?
I’ve done my best, personally and professionally, to promote Brighton and local business. That begins with patronizing local businesses and telling friends. “Locally-owned” is important to me and I continue to be an advocate for downtown Brighton. Almost since the day we moved here, I’ve been involved in local organizations geared to spread the word about our city and to improve and promote its quality of life, from Help for Homes and Habitat for Humanity, to heART of Brighton, Relay for Life and many causes in between. I love Brighton and its people.
What issues do you hope
to bring to Council’s attention specific to your Ward?
Safety and security, particularly in public areas, parks and streets, is a particular area that my Ward 4 neighbors have expressed concerns about. It’s my concern, too.
What other specific issues within Brighton do you hope to address?
I can’t say enough about water. It has been and always will be the key to quality of life along the Front Range. Fracking is a Brighton issue that will come to the forefront in the next few weeks. I will listen to and read all sides of that argument, and ask the advice of neighbors throughout Brighton, before I weigh in on it.
What expertise or experience can you bring to City Council to better connect with citizens and keep the public engaged?
A thorough knowledge from inside and out, of our government and its participants; a “corporate memory” that sometimes exceeds that of some current councilors; training and ability to look at all aspects objectively and to convey those issues to others without bias; and the ability to listen to and hear others’ concerns.
What do you believe city
government can/should do to
ensure a sustainable supply of water in the years to come?
We have to look for stable, long-term supplies we can tap into and find every means possible also to obtain augmentation water to return to the river, an important element in Colorado.