Candidate Questionnaire: Gavin Kasynski for Fort Collins District 3

Fort Collins Voter Guide Questionnaire: The city can best improve the Connexion roll-out process by doing what, in your opinion?

Gavin Kasynski: Connexion is a public utility, owned by the rate payers of Fort Collins utilities. They deserve transparency so they can be aware of how their utility is performing.

Citizens are concerned about Covid’s impact on education, downtown, community engagement, renters rights, workers rights, students, and local families. Where do you think the City of Fort Collins can do a better job of addressing the impact of Covid on our community?

The City should push to open our economy, our schools and our small businesses, safely and completely.

What do you see as Fort Collins’ greatest ecological challenge in the next four years, a concern particularly strong among students and young people. How do you believe we should face it?

We are not encouraging technology-based economic development, and we can do much better here. We are uniquely situated to be in the driver’s seat of an clean energy-based economy, and we should take full advantage of that so that we can deliver the technology that will drive energy innovation in the future.

Do you plan to vote for or against the ballot measure that calls for the City of Fort Collins to attempt to buy the Hughes Stadium property and turn it into open space?

I plan to vote against the measure.

What is your strategy for maintaining and increasing open space in Fort Collins?

Preserving the 0.25% sales tax revenue stream for desirable open space projects, not expensive parking lots surrounded by development.

Where will you focus your energy in regards to improving public transportation in Fort Collins, particularly in regards to helping those who commute from the suburbs, students, and cyclists?

A sustainable economy requires safe, reliable transportation of all modes. We should properly fund that, and at the same time provide local, affordable housing to reduce the stress on our infrastructure caused by commuting.

Do you believe that Boulder serves as a good model for how Fort Collins should grow? (Yes or no)

No.

Can we mitigate the negative impacts of growth while also building up Fort Collins’ affordable housing stock — and if so, how?

We can, and we must.

What is the one initiative you would most enthusiastically support that you believe would increase access to quality affordable housing in Fort Collins?

A long-term vision for creating a sustainable, robust local economy. And a laser like focus on implementing that vision.

Would you vote to fully repeal U + 2? (Yes or no)

Yes.

Would you vote to expand U + 2 to Me + 3? (Yes or no)

Yes.

Would you support a “right size” housing policy that matches occupancy limits to number of bedrooms? (Yes or no)

Yes.

Would you support a rental registry program in Fort Collins? (Yes or no)

No.

For more on this candidate, you can visit their website here.

Methodology: A two question survey asking Fort Collins citizens which issues are important to them on the local level this upcoming cycle was shared on Fort Collins Reddit, in Fort Collins Craigslist, and with members of the Rocky Mountain Collegian & ASCSU for further dispersal. These avenues were chosen in an attempt to reach informed and engaged citizens of Fort Collins who might not be the ‘regular suspects’ who typically receive and respond to such surveys, but who nonetheless represent important and cross-sectional constituencies. Respondents could list multiple issues. No issues were prompted. There were 61 total responses to the survey. These questions are based on the seven issues citizens referenced most in the survey data, with issues referenced by three or more respondents chosen as question categories. Questions here are phrased in a way that most directly reflects the wording and perceived intent of survey respondents, while also pointing candidates toward revealing specific policy values. To see full responses, click here for the organized raw data.

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