On April 6th, Fort Collins will hold elections for Mayor and City Council seats 1, 3, 4 & 5.  The Northern Colorado Alliance for a Livable Future (NCALF), of which NoCo GLEAN is part, recently sent a questionnaire to each candidate concerning issues of interest to its affiliates.  We received responses from 12 of the 14 candidates running. See the candidates’ responses to each of the questions submitted by NoCo GLEAN. 

 

Ballots will be mailed out to voters by March 22nd, and must be returned by 7:00 p.m. to the City Clerk on April 6th (Election Day).  For additional information concerning the voting process, visit the City webpage.

 

We hope you will find the questionnaire results helpful.  Be sure to vote by April 6th!

 

  1. City staff has incorporated a “Big Move” titled “Local, Affordable, and Healthy Food” into the “OCF Plan Draft” referenced previously. Are you prepared to support implementing the policies and making the investments that will be needed for “everyone to have access to healthy and affordable food, sourced or rescued from local and regional producers”? 

 

Mayoral Race: 

Jeni Arndt: Yes
Gerry Horak Yes
Molly Skold: No response

 

CC District 1:

Nick Armstrong Yes
Susan Gutowsky No response

 

CC District 3:

Canonico Yes
Kaszynski Yes

 

CC District 4:

Jessica Drydahl Yes
Erin Hottenstein Yes
Shirley Peel Yes
Sidna Rachild Not sure

 

CC District 5:

Jeff Hansen Yes
Kelly Olson Yes

 

  1. Are you in favor of adding a section to the City’s website dedicated to providing information about local food production, such as a dashboard showing the percent of food produced within the metropolitan area and an interactive map of community gardens, farmers’ markets, and food stands? 

Mayoral Race:

Jeni Arndt: Yes
Gerry Horak Yes
Molly Skold: No response

 

CC District 1:

Nick Armstrong Yes
Susan Gutowsky No response

 

CC District 3:

Canonico Yes
Kaszynski Yes

 

CC District 4:

Jessica Drydahl Yes
Erin Hottenstein Yes
Shirley Peel Yes
Sidna Rachild Yes

 

CC District 5:

Jeff Hansen Yes
Kelly Olson Yes

 

  1. Would you support the creation of an advisory board or commission with the specific purpose of addressing sustainable food production in the city? 

 

Mayoral Race:

Jeni Arndt: Yes
Gerry Horak Not sure
Molly Skold: No response

 

CC District 1:

Nick Armstrong Yes
Susan Gutowsky No response

 

CC District 3:

Canonico Yes
Kaszynski Yes

 

CC District 4:

Jessica Drydahl Yes
Erin Hottenstein Yes
Shirley Peel Yes
Sidna Rachild Not sure

 

CC District 5:

Jeff Hansen Yes
Kelly Olson Yes

 

  1. Are you prepared to include existing and future organizations that advocate for local food production in the decision-making process for planning and resource allocation in this area? 

 

Mayoral Race:

Jeni Arndt: Yes
Gerry Horak Yes
Molly Skold: No response

 

CC District 1:

Nick Armstrong Yes
Susan Gutowsky No response

 

CC District 3:

Canonico Yes
Kaszynski Yes

 

CC District 4:

Jessica Drydahl Yes
Erin Hottenstein Yes
Shirley Peel Yes
Sidna Rachild Not sure

 

CC District 5:

Jeff Hansen Yes
Kelly Olson Yes

 

  1. Would you support setting aside portions of City-owned land, such as parks and median strips, for community gardens and other local food production projects? 

 

Mayoral Race:

Jeni Arndt: Yes
Gerry Horak Yes
Molly Skold: No response

 

CC District 1:

Nick Armstrong Yes
Susan Gutowsky No response

 

CC District 3:

Canonico Yes
Kaszynski Yes

 

CC District 4:

Jessica Drydahl: Yes Erin Hottenstein: Yes Shirley Peel: Yes Sidna Rachild: Yes

Jessica Drydahl Yes
Erin Hottenstein Yes
Shirley Peel Yes
Sidna Rachild Yes

 

CC District 5:

Jeff Hansen Yes
Kelly Olson Yes

 

  1. Are you in favor of a regulation requiring future multi-family housing projects to set aside a portion of their land for community gardens? 

 

Mayoral Race:

Jeni Arndt: Not sure
Gerry Horak Yes
Molly Skold: No response

 

CC District 1:

Nick Armstrong Yes
Susan Gutowsky No response

 

CC District 3:

Canonico Yes
Kaszynski Yes

 

CC District 4:

Jessica Drydahl Not sure
Erin Hottenstein Not sure
Shirley Peel No
Sidna Rachild Not sure

 

CC District 5:

Jeff Hansen Not sure
Kelly Olson Not sure

 

  1. Would you support the establishment of a “green belt” around Fort Collins that would include zoning for land dedicated to food production? 

Mayoral Race:

Jeni Arndt: Not sure
Gerry Horak Yes
Molly Skold: No response

 

CC District 1:

Nick Armstrong Yes
Susan Gutowsky No response

 

CC District 3:

Canonico Yes
Kaszynski Not sure

 

CC District 4:

Jessica Drydahl Not sure
Erin Hottenstein Not sure
Shirley Peel Not sure
Sidna Rachild No

 

CC District 5:

Jeff Hansen Yes
Kelly Olson Yes

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