Jason Gray, candidate for mayor of Castle Rock

Posted 9/28/18

Profession: Owner-operator of Crowfoot Valley Coffee Resident of Castle Rock for 20 years Campaign website: grayformayor.org Why are you seeking this office? As a longtime resident and someone who is …

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Jason Gray, candidate for mayor of Castle Rock

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Profession: Owner-operator of Crowfoot Valley Coffee

Resident of Castle Rock for 20 years

Campaign website: grayformayor.org

Why are you seeking this office?

As a longtime resident and someone who is tied to the community, I want to continue contributing and serving as a positive voice for our town. Castle Rock is a wonderful place to live! We are a family-friendly town. As we grow, I want to help preserve the qualities that make us great and serve as a catalyst for community.

What makes you the best choice for this office?

For 20 years I've strived to be a part of the town's fabric. In addition to listening to a couple hundred customers a day, I serve as president of the Downtown Alliance, and I have been a board member for the Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Merchants Association and Castle Rock Economic Partnership. I am eager to work with our city council and town administration as mayor to continue improving Castle Rock's quality of life.

What are the most important duties of the mayor?

It's essential for the mayor to work well with other council members and the town administration, listening to the will of the people and striving to make that a reality. The mayor should be the town's ambassador and cheerleader, a positive influence for Castle Rock. The mayor needs to serve every district and every person in Castle Rock, finding consensus with the other council members to ensure decisions take all perspectives into consideration.

What should be done to ensure a high quality of life for the residents of the town?

Every weekend, every day you can find something to do with family, friends or by yourself. Movie nights, Starlighting, recreation complexes, the list goes on. We have 80-plus miles of trails! That trail system must be maintained and expanded. And we need to make it easy for organizations to contribute time and ideas for making this such a great place. Even as we grow, the trick is continuing to feel like a small community.

What will be your top priority be if you are elected to this office?

Traffic is our town's biggest challenge. Our infrastructure must keep pace with growth. When traffic feels overwhelming, growth feels overwhelming! One of the best things we can do is attract primary businesses. Primary businesses create jobs, which creates more opportunities to stay closer to home, spend more time with our families, and enjoy our town. Primary businesses bring in new services and amenities and increase our tax base, providing the funding to improve our infrastructure.

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