Letters to Editor


Dennis Coombs and Bonnie Finley endorse Tim Waters for Mayor

Although we may sometimes disagree on issues, we both endorse Tim Waters for Mayor. Tim is the type of leader who will listen and consider both sides of an issue and then make his decision for the best outcome based on the facts presented. He is not driven by ideology alone. Tim has the vision, independence and sense of accountability needed to lead Longmont into the future.

He has proven himself as someone who will make a difference. He doesn’t just talk the talk he walks the walk – meaning he is willing and able to do what is necessary to move Longmont forward. In the post-pandemic world, cities with strong mayors will be able to recover quicker and will be more resilient in handling the next disaster that may come. Most importantly, we will vote for Dr. Tim Waters because he can’t and won’t be controlled by other outside or inside political forces. We believe Tim to be more ethical, equitable, civil, more collaborative and inclusive. We hope you will join us in voting for Tim Waters for Longmont’s next Mayor.

Former Mayor Dennis Coombs and Former City Councilperson Bonnie Finley


Waters has foresight to achieve workforce attainable housing

We moved back to Longmont to raise our family in a small-town environment. Longmont was everything we hoped for; however, in the last 10 years housing prices have soared. It is impossible for a single young person to own a home.

We are impressed with Tim Waters’ approach to workforce attainable housing. Single-family homes must be built. In order to build homes you must have a builder friendly City Council and city staff. Tim believes that development must pay its own way, yet he recognizes that sometimes it is necessary to have a public-private partnership to allow attainable housing to be built. Tim is an advocate for appropriate partnerships with developers and builders in which the city remains whole, while the cost to a homeowner is spread over 30 years rather than paid up front.

We need workforce attainable housing for teachers, nurses, and first responders and for the workforce for our existing retail businesses. Tim has the foresight to achieve workforce attainable housing.

Rick and Viki Samson
Longmont Resident


Tim Waters is the clear choice for mayor

Tim Waters has the experience and vision to be Longmont’s next mayor. He was president and CEO of an international education research and service organization. He was superintendent of a municipal Colorado school district. He knows how to manage large budgets; how to collaborate with others; and how to place vision at the center of everything he does.

I want to address one specific issue. Despite what you may hear or read from others, Tim is not in the “pocket of developers.” Tim supports responsible civic-minded development. Tim does not support developers unwilling to agree to Longmont’s current and long-term land use requirements. You don’t have to believe me. Read Tim’s record.

Tim knows, as do most of us, that responsible growth is necessary to support the city’s lifestyle and values. One example is affordable housing. Our teachers, police and fire officers, nurses, employees of businesses in Longmont and others live outside the city because they cannot afford housing in the city. Tim works with developers who want to solve this problem. That’s responsible, civic-minded development.

This election is about leadership and vision for the entire city, not niche issues for part of the city. Tim is the clear choice for mayor.

Rich Marsh
Longmont Resident


Our important mayoral election demands proven leadership

We have an important election for Longmont mayor this year. From our perspectives, what we need is a competent leader who has a proven track record on our City Council of decision making that is based on building partnerships about what is best for all of our community and is based on what is demanded of a leader with a well formed, productive and personal set of ethics. There is only one candidate for mayor that has all of these characteristics, and that is Tim Waters.

Tim Waters has a proven record of supporting decisions that realize the essential role of government and public-private partnerships that ensure the potential that all of our community can succeed and flourish in our wonderful city.

Please make your decision for mayor based on the track records of the candidates. If you do so, you will be as enthusiastic as we are to support Tim Waters in becoming our next mayor.

Steve and Jan Kukic
Longmont Resident


Tim Waters is a unifier

I’m writing to voice my full support for Tim Waters as Longmont’s next mayor. I work almost daily with city staff and elected officials. While we may not always agree on everything, I’ve found Tim to be an outstanding leader who is willing to learn more about issues, displays a strong work ethic, and understands that partisan politics won’t work in our community. We accomplish much more when we work together in unity than we do by drawing lines based on special interests and agendas.

Tim knows that we must embrace the notion of working together locally to establish what we want to see in our collective future. He pulls people together from many different parts of the community to ensure that all voices are heard. Tim has practiced diversity, equity and inclusion for years. It’s more than just an aspirational goal for him.

I will be enthusiastically voting for Tim Waters for mayor. I encourage you to do the same. I hope everyone will take time to learn more about each of the candidates. Longmont deserves the most experienced, pragmatic unifier as our mayor during these troubled times. Tim is that choice.

For more information, please visit www.timwaters4mayor.com.

Andy Welch
Longmont Resident


Tim Waters focuses on issues that matter to all of us

As we begin to recover from the wide-ranging effects of the pandemic, our community will need leadership with clarity and vision. Tim Waters will be just such a leader.

I have known and admired Tim for many years and have always been impressed by his integrity, intelligence, and vision. Tim has leadership experience as a successful school district superintendent and as CEO of a nationally known, educational services group. Tim’s leadership qualities have more recently been demonstrated in the thoughtful approach he brought to his service as a City Council representative for ward I where I live. I have every confidence that Tim’s leadership qualities would make him an exceptional mayor for the entire community.

Tim’s willingness to listen to residents and gather a variety of viewpoints before making a decision has always impressed me, as has his commitment to fully understand the facts that are necessary to make informed and insightful decisions. Perhaps what I admire most about Tim is that he transcends petty politics and focuses on issues that matter to all of us. Tim will move the community forward with clarity and vision. Please join me in voting for Tim Waters for mayor on Nov. 2.

Dale Bernard
Longmont Resident


Tim Waters is a unifier

I’m writing to voice my full support for Tim Waters as Longmont’s next mayor. I work almost daily with city staff and elected officials. While we may not always agree on everything, I’ve found Tim to be an outstanding leader who is willing to learn more about issues, displays a strong work ethic, and understands that partisan politics won’t work in our community. We accomplish much more when we work together in unity than we do by drawing lines based on special interests and agendas.

Tim knows that we must embrace the notion of working together locally to establish what we want to see in our collective future. He pulls people together from many different parts of the community to ensure that all voices are heard. Tim has practiced diversity, equity and inclusion for years. It’s more than just an aspirational goal for him.

I will be enthusiastically voting for Tim Waters for mayor. I encourage you to do the same. I hope everyone will take time to learn more about each of the candidates. Longmont deserves the most experienced, pragmatic unifier as our mayor during these troubled times. Tim is that choice.

For more information, please visit www.timwaters4mayor.com.

Andy Welch
Longmont Resident


Tim Waters can transcend divisions, solve problems

Dr. Tim Waters is a candidate for mayor in Longmont’s November election. I’ve known Tim for 35 years. I was a member of the school board that hired Tim to serve as superintendent of the Greely/Evans School District #6.

To say our board was pleased with our selection of Tim to lead our school district would be an understatement. We hired Tim and challenged him to raise the academic achievement of our students while reducing a growing dropout rate, especially among our population of Latinx students. He exceeded our expectations.

Tim’s leadership of our diverse community toward goals that no one other than the board members thought possible was unprecedented. The record of improved student and community outcomes was remarkable. The legacy of his leadership and commitment to equity is still celebrated today in Greeley through the Greeley Dream Team, which Tim founded with other community leaders in 1987. Beneficiaries of the Dream Team’s work are largely first generation collegebound Latinx students.

In a time when every city longs for mayoral leadership that transcends divisions and unites residents to solve wicked problems, Longmont voters have the opportunity to elect just such a candidate. Elect Tim Waters as your next mayor.

Pres Montoya
Greeley Resident


Waters has clear vision for Longmont

Longmont citizens have an important opportunity to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 2, for our new mayor. We feel the best choice is Tim Waters. He has proven to be an outstanding Ward 1 City council member. He listens to his constituents, and does the best for most. Tim has a clear vision for our community as a whole. He is an honest leader with much business experience. We have witnessed this for the 25 years we have known him. Please join us in voting for Tim Waters. Mail your ballot in mid-October or vote in person at 515 Coffman St. Oct. 25 – Nov. 2.

Mark and Kathy Pillmore
Longmont Resident


Tim Waters says we can’t wait 10 years to address housing crisis

Longmont City Council candidates were asked to answer a survey on affordable housing by the East County Housing Opportunity Coalition, or ECHO, — a nonprofit organization that educates, informs and trains East Boulder County residents about local affordable housing needs, according to the website

On the site for the survey, ECHO announced that any candidates not represented did not return the questionnaire. 

The following are the answers provided by each candidate along with the questions asked. To keep each entry short the responses are broken up by candidate through a series that will be published throughout the week. 

Tim Waters

1. What is your 10 year vision for affordable housing in Longmont? 

I don’t know that I have a 10-year vision for affordable housing. The truth is, we can’t wait for 10 years to substantially and significantly address the housing crisis in  Longmont. What I know is that we need to agree on a goal for development of  attainable housing just like we did for affordable (subsidized) housing. We then need to utilize every single tool available to policymakers to pick up the pace to deliver housing stock to the Longmont market. This includes 

• Partnering more effectively with Elevations Land Conservancy, Habitat for  Humanity, and the Inn Between. 

• Reintroducing reconsideration of Longmont’s ordinance on Metro Districts to  amend a mindless restriction that limits residential property to no more than  50% of a mixed-use development. If a reconsideration occurs, we also need to  agree on criteria we will use for evaluating and sorting quality applications  from unacceptable ones. 

• Making it easy to create Business Improvement Districts, along with Metro  Districts, in mixed-use developments so that commercial property owners cover they share of infrastructure costs. 

• Invite developers and home builders to partner with the City of Longmont in  creating a public benefit corporation designed to secure funding for affordable  housing and accelerate decision making timelines. 

• Ensure that Longmont’s building codes and design standards allow for timely  and seamless transition from traditionally constructed homes to next  generation manufactured homes. 

• Effectively engaging the community in a conversation that helps everyone  understand that we cannot exclude Longmonters who aspire to some level of  quality of life in deference to those who have already achieved it. 

2. Longmont has a goal of achieving 12% affordable housing by 2035. Is this the  right goal? What concrete proposals would you add to city policies to meet or  exceed that goal?  

Is 12% the right goal? It is certainly not a wrong goal. It is a defensible goal and,  until we begin seeing our percentage of truly affordable housing exceed total growth  in housing units, it is reasonable to continue pursuing it. We could set the goal at  any percentage, but unless and until affordable housing units exceeds total new  housing inventory, quibbling over some other goal is not the best use of our time. 

3. What changes would you make to the inclusionary housing ordinance in  Longmont, if any?  

I am less concerned about what we add than what some Council members may want  to delete. There is no question (in my view) that we need to align land use and  building codes and design standards with the inclusionary housing ordinance.  Inconsistencies or conflicts in code and design standards is currently adding far too  much time and confusion to decision making and entitlement.  

4. Will you proactively promote more affordable housing at transit stops designed  to get people out of their cars, including greater density at those locations?  

The best response I can provide is what I’ve already posted on my campaign website;  https://timwaters4mayor.com/issues/#housing. Read what I am on the record for  having already said and done should be a sufficient response to this question. 

5. What does smart growth mean to you, and how would you ensure that all new  developments are “smart”? 

Proponents of smart, or managed, growth should be pleased with the city’s current  approach to approval of new housing permits. The city’s approach is precisely what  most proponents of managed growth recommend. All approved projects must align  with zoning and development standards codified in Envision Longmont. Developers cover all infrastructure costs associated with their development. Eventually the  roads, sidewalks, streetlights, sewer and water lines, etc. they construct are  dedicated to the city.  

6. What do you understand about the history of racism that has led to People of  Color owning less property, and thus having less wealth than white people?  What policies would you actively support to make up for years of racism in  housing policy?  

We’ve all learned much about redlining, zoning for single family detached housing  units, lot sizes, and discriminatory lending practices in communities across the  country. We must have transparency and clarity regarding Longmont’s ordinances  and invite external review and evaluation of the impact of our policies. One way to  both avoid racist policies is for them to receive scrutiny by experts before they are  adopted and evaluated by expert external evaluators after adoption to ensure they  are having intended effects. 

7. Do you think neighborhood opposition should be able to derail development  projects that are consistent with the pre-approved goals and values of the City?  Please explain.  

No, NIMBYism should not derail affordable housing initiatives. This said, every  municipality gets what it deserves with their elected officials. If City Council  members lack the courage to meet with concerned residents and listen to them so  they know they are heard, then make decisions required to achieve housing goals,  not much is going to change.

8. Do you see a role for the City in limiting vacation rentals and investor-owned  property as a way of keeping housing costs down? Please explain. 

I support Longmont’s ordinance limiting the number of short-term rentals permitted  in a neighborhood. Allowing entire neighborhoods to acquired by investors serves  the interests of investors, at the expense of everyone else in town. 

9. Would you support lifting the state statute banning rent control.  __X__yes ____no. Explain. 

I voted my support for legislation that was introduced into the legislative session.  This said, there is much I would need to learn about options, implications, and  evidence of impacts in other communities that have imposed rental control before  championing a specific proposal. 

10.Is there a role for local government in enforcing Colorado’s warranty of  habitability laws? ___X_yes ____no. Explain. 

Our first responsibility as elected officials is the health and safety of residents. Every  municipality needs capacity for holding landlords to health and safety standards and  methods for holding them accountable. I am convinced Longmont’s current  approach to doing this is a good one. 

 


I support Tim Waters for Mayor

“The Envision Longmont Plan and the Affordable Housing ordinance adopted two years ago assures Longmont’s growth will be sustainable and equitable.”

Our family moved from Boulder to Longmont due to the character of the community and the potential of the city of Longmont. The city of Longmont has unmatched services and an excellent utility system.

The Envision Longmont Plan and the Affordable Housing ordinance adopted two years ago assures Longmont’s growth will be sustainable and equitable. Real solutions to affordable housing issues do not come from government-issued mandates or charitable giving from the private sector. Tim Waters displayed incredible leadership and passion in those efforts in order to gain input and buy-in from all parties and residents impacted by the changes. Yes, Longmont has the tools and resources to become an even better and more inclusive community. Tim’s leadership, energy and experience will maximize our potential to capitalize upon our resources to secure a bright, equitable and sustainable future.

Tim is passionate about our community. He truly wants to raise all ships and ensure that Longmont’s future is bright. I respect his integrity, character and willingness to learn new things. His leadership will help to ensure that we all thrive together, one community, one Longmont. I encourage others to vote for Tim Waters for Mayor.

Kevin Mulshine
Longmont Resident


Our important mayoral election demands on proven leadership

We have an important election for Longmont mayor this year. From our perspectives, what we need is a competent leader who has a proven track record on our city council of decision making that is based on building partnerships about what is best for all of our community and is based on what is demanded of a leader with a well-formed, productive and personal set of ethics. There is only one candidate for mayor that has all of these characteristics and that is Tim Waters.

Tim Waters has a proven record of supporting decisions that realize the essential role of government and public-private partnerships that ensure the potential that all of our community can succeed and flourish in our wonderful city. Please make your decision for mayor based on the track records of the candidates. If you do so, you will be as enthusiastic as we are to support Tim Waters in becoming our next Mayor.

Steve and Jan Kukic
Longmont Resident


Tim Waters for Mayor

“This election is about leadership and vision for the entire city, not niche’ issues for part of the city.”

Tim Waters has the experience and vision to be Longmont’s next mayor. He was President and CEO of an international education research and service organization. He was superintendent of a municipal Colorado school district. He knows how to manage large budgets; how to collaborate with others and how to place vision at the center of everything he does.

I want to address one specific issue. Despite what you may hear or read from others, Tim is not in the “pocket of developers”. Tim supports responsible civic-minded development. Tim does not support developers unwilling to agree to Longmont’s current and long-term land use requirements. You don’t have to believe me. Read Tim’s record.

Tim knows, as do most of us, that responsible growth is necessary to support the city’s lifestyle and values. One example is affordable housing. Our teachers, police and fire officers, nurses, employees of businesses in Longmont and others live outside the city because they cannot afford housing in the city. Tim works with developers who want to solve this problem. That’s responsible, civic-minded development.

This election is about leadership and vision for the entire city, not niche’ issues for part of the city. Tim is the clear choice for mayor.

Rich Marsh
Longmont Resident