BRIGHTON — Dave Rose, former councilman and mayor, is one of three candidates vying for the Ward 4 seat set to be vacated by his wife, Wilma, who is term-limited.
Since moving to Brighton in 1977, Rose has very active in local community groups and public service. For the past 11 years he has served on the Brighton Urban Renewal Authority and he also serves on the board of directors for Almost Home. He is also a past member of the RTD board. Since the city adopted its charter, Rose is eligible to serve two more four-year terms on city council.
Rose believes the most important issues facing the city are quality of life issues such as public safety, water, infrastructure and affordable housing.
“I think transportation is turning out to be a big issue in Brighton because of the growth, obviously. We’re a growing community we have more congestion on the roads and so we’re going to have to really look in terms of how we move traffic,” he said, adding he would like to see the interchange at Interstate 76 and Bridge Street completed along as some other means of mass transit in place for residents.
Rose believes his experiences are what sets him apart from the other candidates in the race. He says he’s learned from his mistakes and his successes on how to develop effective public policy.
“I like working with public policy, I like solving problems...so I think it’s the background experience, the background knowledge that I bring to the table,” he said.
Rose worked as an elementary principal in School District 27J for 32 years, working 14 years at Henderson Elementary and 18 years at Northeast Elementary. He is currently an educational consultant for Hunger Free Colorado. When he’s not working or serving the community, Rose enjoys golfing or playing Texas Hold ‘Em.
Q&A with Dave Rose
Why are you running for office?
I like Brighton and the people in Brighton. I want to continue to apply my problem solving skills, experiences and energy to protect and/or improve the quality of life in Brighton for all of the citizens. My family and I have lived in Ward 4 for 36 years and I want to work together with my wife, Wilma Rose, and all of my friends and neighbors in Ward 4 to sustain our neighborhoods.
What makes you the most qualified
candidate for this office?
The training, successes and multitude of experiences I have had in quality public education, effective public policy and purposeful community activism has prepared me to be an effective and responsive Brighton City Councilman. I have the energy, time and desire to serve with thoughtful and collaborated solutions to the many challenges facing Brighton.
What do you feel is the top priority for
City Council heading into 2014?
The city of Brighton has almost tripled in population from the time I moved my family here in 1977, and we are now a city of 35,000 citizens. The top priority for a growing city such as Brighton is to manage a balance between maintaining the older infrastructure, neighborhoods and businesses and planning for new growth. New growth has to pay for itself with water shares, roads, parks and schools if we are to sustain a high quality of life in Brighton.
What do you believe you can do to support and promote locally owned and small businesses in Brighton?
I have been appointed by three separate Brighton mayors to serve on Brighton Urban Renewal Authority since its inception and my major focus has been to improve the conditions to promote locally owned and small businesses in Brighton. Thanks to dedicated BURA commissioners, hard-working staff members and cooperative business owners and managers we have had much success in that effort. I will continue to be active as a BURA Commissioner and support quality economic development in all of Brighton.
What issues do you hope to bring to Council’s attention specific to your Ward?
My wife Wilma and I have walked and talked to Ward 4 residents in nearly every neighborhood and generally find the people to be happy in Ward 4. They tend to be proud of their homes and want to see well-maintained parks, green belts, streets and sidewalks to compliment their homes and yards. I would focus on city policies that continue to support these amenities, safe neighborhoods, quality water, quality air and safe, non-congested streets.
What other specific issues within Brighton do you hope to address?
Trying to maintain the balance of growth and current status of the city with adequate funding to meet these demands is a huge challenge. However working in unison with the Mayor, the Council and well-qualified staff members and the citizens of Brighton in following and developing comprehensive strategic plans provides tremendous opportunities for success.
What expertise or experience can you bring to Council to better connect with citizens and keep the public engaged?
My wife and I have always been very active during our tenure in Brighton and those opportunities exist for all Brighton citizens. The city council is continually hunting for citizens to serve on a variety of Boards and Commissions. All regular City Council meetings and study sessions on Tuesday evenings are open to the public as is the joint-wards’ picnic in the summer. The Armory provides a great variety of art and culture entertainment throughout the year for citizens to attend and of course the recreation center is always available. The Eagle View Senior Center has a wide assortment of activities and classes on a regular bases. In Brighton you can be as involved and active as you choose to be.
What do you believe city government can/should do to ensure a sustainable supply of water in the years to come?
I had an opportunity to listen to the five-year water business plan at a current City Council study session and I was very impressed how comprehensive the plan is in meeting our future water needs in Brighton. The five-year business plan as part of the 20-year comprehensive water plan should provide the structure and direction needed with public input to sustain quality water in Brighton and the surrounding area.