Candidate Questionnaire: Jessica Dyrdahl for Fort Collins District 4

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

Jessica Dyrdahl: When I have been engaging with residents in District 4 the past few months, Connexion is one of the topic areas that is most discussed. Many residents would like more transparency for the process, to see how soon the option for them to get Connexion will be available to them.

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?

A lot of residents have been worried about the mental, social, financial and behavioral impact of COVID in their everyday lives. What I have been hearing is many community members are having a rough time mentally so I would say the City should continue to focus on supporting and spreading information regarding our mental health resources.

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?

Air quality in Fort Collins is one of the worst in the nation and we must continue to do our part to cut down our greenhouse gas emissions and to promote environmental sustainability. We could face it in numerous ways, one by doing our individual parts to use alternative transportation, to be committed to Reduce, Reuse Recycle and look at opportunities to compost organic waste versus having it end up in the dumpster.

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 for the measure.

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

We must look at our Land Use code and see how we are using our space, not only for the next few years but for the next 40 years. Many people move to Northern Colorado due to access to natural areas and we must do anything we can to protect them.

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?

Being a bike commuter, I am very proud that Fort Collins is a bike friendly community. I strongly support any efforts working towards providing more methods of alternative transportation, especially in the underserved areas of the community.

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?

The Housing Strategic Plan that was recently adopted is a good start for increasing the amount of housing supply in Fort Collins. We need to take a comprehensive house to the housing situation in Fort Collins.

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

Supporting the Housing Strategic Plan.

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

No.

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)

Yes.

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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