DACONO — Geneiveve Schneider wishes she had an opponent for this year’s election for city council.
“I’ve never ran for public office,” Schneider said. “It’s kind of sad there’s not more people interested in government and the process and the town, even.”
Schneider is running because she believes that even though people aren’t running for office, they still have things they need to say to their elected officials.
“I want government process to be fairly open to everybody, and I just want petitions to be heard,” Schneider said. “I want everybody to get their voice heard.”
Schneider, 35, was born in Idaho and grew up in several states before moving to Colorado, where she became a veterinary technician.
She moved to Dacono in 2008.
“My husband works in Boulder, and I really love this area,” Schneider said. “It’s rural and close to downtown Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins.”
As a mother of 2-year-old twins, she has plenty of experience with multitasking, and she’d like to see the city work to capture some of the economic growth that’s arrived in the Carbon Valley.
“I would really like us as Dacono to be able to cash in on the prosperity that Frederick and Firestone seems able to get,” Schneider said. “Here, it’s been kind of lacking, and I’d like to be in their league, I guess.”
Frederick and Firestone, she said, have used that prosperity to increase and develop parks and recreation services for residents.
“I know what Dacono is trying to do with the walking path and the entrance signs, but one of the problems is we don’t have the tax revenue that Frederick and Firestone have, such as the golf courses,” Schneider said. “I want to get more business in to get more revenue and more tax in. I’ve heard that we only have 30 businesses in Dacono; I’d like to increase that number.”
She would also like to retain some of the businesses already in Dacono, including one of the more controversial industries, medical marijuana dispensaries.
“I think that there’s a lot of revenue to be paid, especially since they’re willing to pay 2 percent more than other businesses,” Schneider said. “And I’m worried we’re not in a position to turn down money.”
Schneider noted that Denver has found ways to supervise this industry and collect the revenue.
“I want Dacono to keep its character. I don’t think increased prosperity necessarily leads to cookie-cutter conformity,” Schneider said. “I love Dacono’s extreme sports industry and I want to see it grow. But it’s not that extreme if you think about it. In Colorado, extreme sports aren’t that extreme. It’s part of our way of life.”
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