Q&A with Greg Hernandez, candidate for Castle Rock Town Council, District 6

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Campaign website: becastlerock.com

What makes you the best choice for this office? 

With over 25 years of executive leadership experience (Fortune 50/500), I learned to gather information from diverse sources and viewpoints. Only then should one make important decisions. I have hired and trained hundreds of professionals across the country. These experiences bring a high level of integrity and professionalism in representing our town. I am readily available to meet with interested citizens in my local downtown office.

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

As a Community Safety Volunteer with the Castle Rock Police Department (spouse former volunteer firefighter/EMT), I consider public safety to be the foundation of a healthy community. We are fortunate to live in Castle Rock. The key issue is diversifying our sources of revenue. I understand concerns with growth and fully appreciate the appeal of a smaller town environment. Our town must balance growth, budget and lifestyle. We must continue to be an employer of choice. Castle Rock is a place we are proud to call home. A place where we celebrate our freedom and way of life.

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

Less people having to commute for work. Financial resources readily available for recommended staffing levels within all town departments. More residents taking advantage of all our town offers while supporting local businesses for an even greater sense of community

If elected, how would you continue to work to help small local businesses recover from COVID-19? 

These businesses are essential to the vibrancy of our town. This is who we are. Working alongside our Chamber of Commerce, I will make available years of leadership and coaching experience for our small business community. As a town, we will work to secure local, state and federal resources to assist them during the current economic crisis. We will be creative in working to position our small businesses for even greater stability and growth.

What do you believe is the best way for Castle Rock to manage growth and development in coming years? 

A common business principle is you are either growing or dying. We want to be growing and thriving! Smart growth needs to consider property rights, roads, education, employment and our natural resources. There are reasons people love Castle Rock and choose to live here. Consistent feedback and communication are paramount to successful growth. My downtown office is open, and I am willing to listen. My responsibility is to solicit feedback, keep District 6 informed, and be willing to answer for any decisions. As we grow, we will continue to Be Castle Rock.

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