By Crystal Nelson, Brighton Standard Blade
U.S. congressional candidate Andrew Romanoff held a town hall meeting at Historic City Hall Sept. 18.
Romanoff, who is vying for the 6th Congressional District seat against incumbent Mike Coffman, wanted to hear which issues were important to residents and learn how he might be able to help.
"It's part of a series of conversations we're having throughout the district," he said. "Community conversations are important because you can't represent folks in Washington very well if you don't listen to them. So we've been meeting with community groups, businesses, knocking on doors, making phone calls, hosting events up and down the congressional district."
City officials along with local business owners and leaders of non-profit organizations were able to voice their concerns over a variety of topics including the economy and economic development, transportation issues and concerns, educating youth so they leave school ready for the workforce, the oil industry and issues around local control, as well as technology and sustainability for the future.
Romanoff told the community stakeholders that he's trying to take the same approach as he used in the state house, which is to get people around the table to look at how to solve these problems in the least burdensome way. He said talking with community members helps shape his understanding of the challenges that face the district and will inform the decisions he'd make if elected to Congress.