Q&A with Fritz Freund, candidate for Parker Town Council

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Campaign website: www.fritzforparker.com

What makes you the best choice for this office?

I'm so passionate about the town, but so is everyone who lives here. And there are good reasons. People love the friendliness in their neighborhoods, on the street, at the farmers' market and at the parks where their kids play. I will pledge to focus on preserving and improving that community feeling with every decision I make as a town councilmember. In addition, my career in IT has taught me to learn quickly and problem-solve. Being able to analyze an issue brought before the council and ask questions the people want to know sets me apart from other candidates.

If you're elected, what is one single issue that will be at the top of your agenda?

Parker has been on a drastic path of unsustainable growth for a number of years. With large apartment complexes, growing traffic congestion, more crime in the neighborhoods, and the charm that brought us all here dwindling, town council needs to carefully consider where and how developers can build. Most citizens don't know that the majority of the decisions to approve development are not even made by our elected town council, but by a panel of unelected people called the Parker Planning Commission. I think this must change.

If you're elected, what must you accomplish in order for you to consider your term a success?

My goal as a town councilmember is to preserve and protect the unique community nature that makes this town so great. The people I've talked to tell me they're not happy with the direction the town has been going. If I can restore more control to the people over what Parker looks like in the future, and they enjoy raising their families here in peace and happiness, I will know I am doing a good job.

In your view, what is (or should be) the role and responsibility of a Parker Town Council member?

Councilmembers should be the town's decision-makers because they have been elected by the people for that purpose. All major decisions shaping Parker's future should be made by elected officials, not appointed boards or commissions or development staff as often happens now. The town council should determine rules and ordinances for land use, development, and other important matters. Councilmembers must also pass a fiscally responsible budget, with priorities favoring the people's wishes. Finally, our job is to understand that we are servants of the public, not our personal interests, the interests of developers, or others with business before council.

Why are you seeking this office?

When we got married, my wife and I thought about moving away from Parker because I was raised here and my parents live here. But we found there is simply no better place to raise our family. I want the wonderful experience of living in this lovely town to continue for others who live here — and our own kids. I want them to choose to live in Parker like we did when we moved out of our parents' homes.

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