Kenyon in District A
Both candidates running for the District A seat on the Grand Junction City Council have abundant experience managing large organizations with substantial budgets. But Tom Kenyon’s experience is more directly related to this community and he gets our endorsement.
Kenyon spent 31 years with Colorado State Parks, including terms as deputy director and acting director. During the late 1980s, he was the regional parks manager in Grand Junction, just as this community was embarking on the cleanup of the Colorado Riverfront. He “bought into” the local vision and helped create new state parks at Corn Lake, Connected Lakes and Fruita, as well as revamping existing parks such as Island Acres.
Kenyon is the most outspoken advocate for the riverfront among all candidates. He wants to use the comprehensive plan to ensure more protection of riverfront, “with no industrial zoning” in the heart of the city. Like his opponent, Ken Sublett, Kenyon said the city should buy Brady Trucking’s riverfront property or work with private groups to do so.
Kenyon is not as critical of the city comprehensive plan as Sublett. “I think we are 95 percent there,” he said. One problem, which the City Council must address, has been frequent disagreement between the city and county over zoning for potential developments.
To improve its public safety facilities, the city needs to break the project into small pieces and build only what it can afford now, Kenyon said. It may eventually have to ask taxpayers for more money, but only for a much more modest project than it sought earlier.
Kenyon and Sublett both expressed frustration with the lack of transparency with city government. The city could improve in one respect, Kenyon said, by giving the public access to the materials prepared for council members before meetings.
Ken Sublett has a wealth of managerial experience from the Air Force and working with NATO.
But Kenyon boasts an impressive resume of service with local groups, working with the state Legislature and our congressional representative. He deserves city voters’ support.