Q&A with Nate Matthews, candidate for Parker Town Council

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Campaign website: Nate4Parker.com

What makes you the best choice for this office?

As a father of seven kids, we've fallen in love with Parker's small-town family friendly community. Looking for ways to get involved I completed the Parker Civic Academy and learned more about how our town operates. I've spent my entire professional career in finance and saw that my expertise will serve Parker residents well. A key responsibility of town councilmembers is to approve the annual town budget. My priority will be to utilize my financial expertise to scrutinize the town budget and oversee our taxpayer dollars and how our funds are spent.

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

I want to see the residents of Parker thrive! One way for residents to thrive is to reduce or eliminate taxes whenever possible. Through my years in finance, I've seen how financial stress affects many families every day, with food often representing one of their largest expenses. As a town councilmember, I will vote to eliminate Parker's 3% sales tax on grocery sales. The tax savings could be used however families see fit but could provide enough for a dinner out in Parker, a fun activity for a child or enhancing educational opportunities.

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

In cities across our nation we've seen riots, looting and calls to defund the police. While Parker has historically been a safe community, we need to promote the rule of law by supporting our police officers. Everything else we do as a community is impacted by our residents feeling safe to live, shop and dine. As a town councilmember, I will make sure our police department stays appropriately funded, allowing our men and women of law enforcement to continue to serve and protect our community! My success will be measured by keeping Parker one of the safest communities in Colorado.

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

James Madison's quote on Town Hall says it best: “The ultimate authority … resides in the people alone.” I believe serving and representing Parker residents' best interests should be the primary role of any elected official. I learned a great deal about town government in the 12-week Parker Civic Academy, and I saw how my financial background can help me oversee how our tax dollars are spent. Listening to residents, protecting their constitutional rights, supporting those who enforce the rule of law and being a financial watchdog over taxpayer dollars will be my priorities as I serve Parker residents.

Why are you seeking this office?

I want to serve and represent my fellow Parker residents and see our residents thrive! My Christian faith motivates me in everything I do. In the Gospels, Jesus was asked, what is the greatest commandment. Jesus answered that it was to love God and love your neighbor. Love for neighbor can take many forms but for me I want to serve my fellow residents and be an excellent steward of the responsibility they entrust in me. Dealing honestly with residents' concerns, maintaining Parkers small-town feel and making wise decisions with our taxpayers' money are objectives I look forward to achieving.

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