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Wallin announces candidacy for mayor

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By Andrea Tritschler

City councilman Kirby Wallin is running for mayor.

“Brighton is in the perfect position to choose its destiny, and I want to be the leader of a city council that can follow through on the dreams our citizens have had over the past several years,” Wallin said.

Wallin made the announcement on Tuesday, Aug. 1. He is one of two council members who represents Ward 1 in east Brighton. He has served on city council for six years, including two years as mayor pro-tempore, the person who stands in for the mayor when the mayor is absent.

Wallin also has represented Brighton on state and local boards, including the E-470 board, the Adams County Economic Development board, the Downtown Partnership committee, the Lochbuie Sewer board, the Brighton Youth Commission and the Colorado Municipal League, where he was elected in June to a new two-year term.

“My affiliation with CML allows me to have various relationships with the finest leaders throughout the state, who are always willing to lend an ear or offer good advice,” Wallin said.

Wallin said his highest priority “is first to listen to all points of view,” which he said would inform his direction and action.

“I’m very thorough in studying the issues, and when it comes time to make a decision, I’ll put the people of Brighton first,” Wallin said.

Wallin said he sees economic opportunity for Brighton. The work of the Brighton Economic Development Corp. helps city officials to focus on attracting primary-job employers, Wallin said.

“I will also strive for equal representation for all residents – and I emphasize all – when it comes to spending their hard-earned dollars, and I’ll make sure all parts of the city reap the benefits of progress,” Wallin said.

City officials must focus on maintaining Brighton's infrastructure, Wallin said.

“I think we’ve made a lot of good strides toward being aware of those issues, but we have to make sure the city council’s budget reflects those issues as our priorities,” Wallin said. “We have to be fair in distribution of the maintenance.”

The 50-year-old runs his own business, Western Computer Systems LLC. He said that that experience taught him how to break down a process into its components and identify where there might be opportunities for improvement.

Wallin and his wife, Cyndi, have lived in Brighton for 17 years. They have two children, a son, Jake, and a daughter Kira.