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Senior housing a priority for George Heath in his campaign for mayor

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By Ben Wiebesiek

 FIRESTONE — George Heath sees significant growth in the town’s near future, and he said he’s running for mayor because he wants to be part of the “leadership team that rode that crest.”

 

Heath said he’s modeled his view of public service from an example in a centuries-old story from Germany.

“My story is from the old 17th century priest who was appointed to take over his first parish. All his predecessors kept to themselves, cloistered in the church. In his first Mass he said it was his plan and desire to be the ‘people’s priest’ and he served his parish that way all his life.” Heath said “My goal and desire is to be the ‘people’s mayor.’ I am always open to new challenges and opportunities for service.”

Heath said the quality of life for residents in Firestone is very good, but it can be even better.

“We can always improve,” Heath said. “I think Chad [Auer] has done a good job. I’m a progressive; I like to see things done quicker. I came out of a retail world when I retired, and I realized that municipal progress is slower, but I like to see things accomplished and done. Chad did a lot of good things, but with us being right on the cusp of some real growth, and I want to be part of that group that sees Firestone grow from almost 11,000 or more to a greater number.”

     Heath said there are many pressing issues facing Firestone: business growth, jobs, small business office space, housing for our senior citizens, street and park sustainability, apprenticeship program at the high school level, citizens involvement and participation in local politics.

“If you go to Loveland, there’s senior housing; if you go to Fort Collins, there’s senior housing; if you go to Longmont, there’s senior housing; if you go to Lafayette, they’ve just finished, I believe, two new complexes over there; Broomfield’s got a new one,” Heath said. “And in the southwest corner of Weld County, we don’t have any senior housing. And if in the next two years or four years — whichever I’m privileged to serve - if we can bring senior housing into this area, it would be a significant boom for our community.”

Heath clarifies that by community, he doesn’t mean just Firestone.

“I mean southwest Weld, the Carbon Valley, because more than 12 percent of our citizens are seniors,” Heath said.

For more information about George Heath’s campaign, visit www.georgeheathformayor.com.

 

Contact Ben Wiebesiek at 303-659-2522, ext. 205, or email bwiebesiek@metrowestnewspapers.com.