Kenyon in District A

Tom Kenyon has served Grand Junction well in his first term on the City Council, including one year as mayor. He gives a lot of thought to issues, is fiscally conservative and not afraid to challenge the views of others on the council.

We believe Kenyon deserves to be re-elected to the District A seat on the City Council.

Kenyon’s opponent, Phyllis Norris, is also a solid candidate. Her many years with City Market, working her way up from a checker to president of the company, are an impressive story of hard work and business acumen. It’s a shame, frankly, that Norris is pitted against Kenyon in this election. We’d like to see both serve on the City Council. But there is little enough difference between Norris and Kenyon on most major issues, that we see no reason to vote Kenyon out of office.

Both have raised questions about the advisability of the city giving $3 million to the Avalon Theatre expansion project. Kenyon voted against the measure that approved the funding.

Both also believe city voters should vote ‘Yes’ on Referred Measure A, maintaining the existing zoning for Brady Trucking at its facility along the Colorado River east of 12th Street.

“If the city wanted to protect the Riverfront (from Brady’s) it should have done it upfront, not after the fact,” Kenyon said. He was not on the council when the current industrial zoning was approved for the Brady property.

Norris and Kenyon differ on Referred Measure B, the TABOR Amendment override. She opposes it, while he supports it. But Kenyon said he is concerned that it’s not clear how much money will be spent, which projects will be a priority, and when the override will end. If the measure is approved, the city will have to ask voters to approve a bond issue to complete the proposed projects, using money from the override to pay the bonds.

Kenyon has also been the most outspoken voice on the council questioning a plan to raise transportation capacity fees for developers. It doesn’t make sense when the economy is struggling, he said, and in some locations it makes no sense at all. Keynon has tried to amend the plan to make it more flexible.

These are the reasonable arguments of a good council member. Vote for Tom Kenyon in District A.


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