Clark Davidson: Invest wisely in our future

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Thank you for taking the time to engage in our democratic process. Although we all find ourselves frustrated with politics at times (for some, it’s all the time), it’s important that we do our best to pay attention and vote or our democracy does not work.

My name is Clark Davidson, and I live in downtown Steamboat Springs with my wife and daughter. Sari and I met waiting tables at Mazzola’s Majestic Italian Diner working for Cooper and Tracy Barnett back in 1996. We moved away to San Diego for a number of years to pursue further education, but both feel blessed that we could move back here to raise our daughter. This is a magnificently beautiful town with a caring and thoughtful community. Like most of us, I feel lucky to call Steamboat Springs “home.”

I am a certified public accountant and attorney. I think this skill set not only is unique but a valuable asset to the community as a council member. City Council deals almost exclusively with legal and financial matters. I think my involvement will benefit the other council members, as well as the community at large. I am running because I believe in participating in your community, and I know I will enjoy the job of representing your best interests.

In the past few months, I have reached out to the community to better understand the issues and concerns facing our city. The common refrain is a concern about our current city leadership. Our city deserves leaders who will listen to and take seriously the concerns of our citizens.

Right now, our city currently is undertaking a nationwide search to find a new director for our Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department. A wise choice; yet when hiring our new city manager, not only was there no national search, there was no search at all. That choice sells our city short.

Current city leadership has decided to invest almost all our city’s reserves on a new police station. Most of city staff have gone without raises during the past four years. Instead of investing in its staff, city leadership is choosing to invest in a new police station. Our city workers, who are our neighbors, our friends and our community members, deserve better.

I think we need to wisely invest in our future, looking to spend our dollars where we can get a future return. City Council needs to be at the forefront of creating a vision and partnerships for the future. We need to reach out to all of our current partners and find creative and smart ways to move forward for the greatest benefit to the community.

As a lawyer and accountant, I will bring reason and accountability to our city government; a balanced approach to economic growth; ensure the community has a voice in our local government, representing all interests; and, ensure we embrace our heritage as it provides us strength and differentiates us from other mountain towns. I am the right choice to better manage our future.

Thank you for taking the time to read and give me a chance to become your City Council representative. If you want further information, please see my website at www.clarkforsteamboat.com.

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