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FIRESTONE — Mayor Pro Tem Paul Sorensen wants economic growth for the town to be paired with an increase in higher-paying jobs, and he says this view has informed his decision to run for mayor.
Firestone is conducting town elections this spring, and Sorensen has spelled out his beliefs on his campaign website, but he said there’s a common theme.
“It’s about trying to maintain the quality of life we have,” Sorensen said. “I know everybody wants restaurants; my goal is not just restaurants, but to bring in higher-paying jobs and to grow our economy as much as we possibly can.”
Sorensen was elected to the Firestone Board of Trustees in 2008, and during this time, Sorensen said the board did a good job of navigating the turbulent economic conditions.
“I think the board, as a whole, we’ve accomplished quite a bit, in terms of getting [the] Home Depot established,” Sorensen said. “We’ve been pushing for economic development, but in 2008, that was the beginning of this economic downturn. And we’re just seeing signs of it actually of coming out of that time frame. I’m anticipating that a lot of the work that we’ve done over the last six years is going to pay off once we start getting builders that have financing behind them to go vertical with their projects.”
Sorensen has had time to think about his run for mayor; he considered running in 2010 when Mayor Chad Auer was thinking of a campaign for the Colorado House of Representatives.
“Well, actually, I was going run almost two years ago because Chad was going to be possibly running,” Sorensen said. “Then the redistricting moved the district out of this area that he was going to run for, so he decided to finish up his third term as mayor. So I just said, ‘I’ll wait until Chad’s done, then I’ll run for mayor.”
Sorensen said Auer, who is term limited, has done a good job as mayor, and the successor should keep the town headed in a positive direction.
Looking at own work with the town, Sorensen acknowledged Firestone’s history and future.
“When we had the centennial in 2008, I worked to have the Centennial Clock established in Old Towne along with a time capsule, some papers that are out at the base of the time clock that people can be remembered being around in the centennial year,” Sorensen said. “Also the ‘Welcome to Firestone’ sign was in such poor repair, I took it upon myself to design the current sign.”
For more information about Paul Sorensen’s campaign, visit http:www.sorensen4firestone.com.
Contact Ben Wiebesiek at 303-659-2522, ext. 205, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.