Q&A with Todd Hendreks, candidate for Parker Town Council

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Campaign website: www.hendreks4parker.com

What makes you the best choice for this office?

As a 16-year resident, I have a track record of community service and civic duty. I am the citizen who stays involved between election cycles. I have educated myself on how the town operates by graduating from Parker's Civic Academy and Police Civic Academy. I have attended numerous town council meetings, study sessions and town staff open houses over the years. My civic service includes being a Town of Parker planning commissioner and Town of Parker cultural and scientific commissioner. Finally, I have ingrained myself by volunteering via my Rotary club, Parker Hawks, Downtown Business Alliance and numerous other organizations.

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

There are numerous issues which are important, but I feel diversifying our local economy is one to focus on. Parker is heavily reliant on sales tax revenue for services. Traditionally most residents who work commute outside of Parker, and we lose out on a daytime lunch or shopping crowd. I would like to see more office / flex space, where it make sense like the Compark area, so residents can shorten their commute and shop local. In addition, remote workers will most likely increase and the town needs to adapt in attracting businesses that serves this population as well.

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

Success means that the topics of my vision align with what the citizens want, then we can address in a positive fashion diversifying the local economy, engage our community on growth, recharge efforts for more open space, continuing support for small business, focus on improving fiscal responsibility, prioritize the town's infrastructure needs and improve options for parks and recreation.

At a higher level, my term will be a success if I can properly engage the community in positive feedback so that we all can work together in maintaining and improving the quality of life we enjoy in Parker today.

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

A town councilmember requires wearing many hats. You vote on ordinances / laws, approve a $100+ million budget, understand zoning (Use by Right, Use by Special Review) and property rights, review Master Plans, act in a quasi-judicial role, represent the town in various boards and you must leave personal beliefs aside and follow the law. And last but not least, listen to your fellow citizens and realize you represent the best interests of all 56,000+ who call Parker home.

Why are you seeking this office?

As mentioned above, I have a track record of community service and civic duty. Running for town council is a natural progression for me. As an unaffiliated candidate, I have the capacity to listen, understand concerns from all over the spectrum and most of all be fair. I do not think Parker needs to be fixed. I am running because I feel it is a special place where I wish to maintain and improve the home town feel that still exists today and improve the quality of life not only for my family, but yours and your neighbors.

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