Council candidate Q&A: Joshua Wussick
Name: Joshua Wussick
Profession: Airport planner
Years lived in Grand Junction: 1 1/2
Political party: Independent
Why are you running for City Council?
I am running for City Council because I am passionate about this community and want to make a difference through strategic and positive change. I would like to help shape and guide the city over the next four years. A vote for me assures a fresh, sensitive and sincere approach to solving our community’s issues. I assure you of extreme passion, dedication and the ability to work across any political affiliation and perceived “boundary.” My goal is to make a difference. If yours is, too, no matter who you are, vote for me. I will not let you down.
How involved should the city be with homeless issues?
I believe the city should have limited involvement in homeless issues. Support and services to our local homeless population should be deferred to organizations such as The Grand Valley Coalition for the Homeless. The city has a vested interest in the homeless in that people roaming the streets and panhandling are not in the best interest of the residents in the community and visitors to the area. The city can provide flexibility in zoning to enable vertical development in the appropriate areas to provide a wide range of housing options for everyone that calls Grand Junction home.
How should the city invest in economic development?
Showcasing Grand Junction as the “Unofficial Capitol of the Western Slope” and the hub for Colorado’s wine country, home to world-class mountain biking, gateway to Grand Mesa and Colorado National Monument would bring attention to the area across the West. Supporting education from Mesa State College to School District 51 should be encouraged to provide a diverse workforce in Grand Junction. City projects should be weighted during the bid process so that qualified local businesses should have the preference when taxpayer-funded projects are being awarded. Keep local tax money in the local economy.
What is your philosophy of the city’s role in competing with the private sector?
The city should not be in direct competition with the private sector. I believe that the role of government is to provide safety, security and infrastructure to the community. Anything that falls outside of those roles should be handled by the private sector. I support the city’s decision to continue having the Grand Junction Fire Department provide the ambulance service to the community as this falls under the government’s role of providing safety to the residents. I do not support the city entering a bid to provide food and beverage services at the Tiara Rado and Lincoln Park golf courses.
How do you feel the city manager has performed?
I am disappointed in how the bid process was conducted to provide food and beverage services at the Tiara Rado and Lincoln Park golf courses. This is an example of a situation where I believe the public sector should not be in direct competition with the private sector. I am also disappointed in how the public-safety center was handled. The ballot measure was defeated by the voters. The project should have been re-evaluated, scaled down and put back on the ballot to let the citizens decide. At the end of the day, the city manager is responsible for these outcomes.