Why I’m Running for City Council

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I’m Jordan Golson and I’m running for City Council in Durango, Colorado.

Just over a year ago, I joined Durango Fire and Rescue as a volunteer firefighter. I’ve worked car accidents, house fires, wildfires — including Weber, Lightner Creek, State Line and Air Park — numerous medical calls, the delayed Fourth of July fireworks show, and more. These experiences have shown me how rewarding public service can be and I want to do all I can to help this fantastic city.

Watching the Durango City Council for the past several months, I’m convinced that we can do better. I believe the current council has been overwhelmingly concerned with the Now at the expense of the Future. Plastic bag and smoking bans, accessory dwelling units, vacation rentals, and organic parks are all important topics that many on both sides are passionate about. However, I believe that some important considerations regarding the future of Durango are being sidestepped.

The City of Durango is in great shape. We have a strong tax base from tourist attractions like the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (where my wife and I worked as Polar Express Chefs this Christmas!), our fantastic ski resorts, great hiking and biking, and more. We have great companies, entrepreneurs, stores, small business owners, and restaurants.

However, Durango has a unique problem: how to grow. The city needs more housing — both affordable rental units and for new homeowners. Durango needs more office and commercial and retail space so new businesses can come to town and existing businesses can grow.

Durango has sewer and water systems that will soon need upgrading, serious concerns about roadworks and telecom infrastructure, and large new commercial development projects ahead of it. These issues will shape the next fifteen to twenty years of both Durango and La Plata County.

I believe that I’m the best choice for City Council and I will work every day for the best interests of Durango’s residents. I ask for your support when ballots go out this week.

I encourage you to contact me with any questions or feedback.

(Photo credit Spencer Webb/RadiantPixel.com)

What I Do In My Off Hours:

Working as a team of seven, firefighters move forwards towards the liquid propane ‘leak’ while keeping a constant protective fog of water in front of them. When they advance close enough to the fire, the nozzles are adjusted to protect the middle firefighter (me!) while he crawls to the bottom of the tree and turns off the gas line.

After the fire is out, the team backs up slowly in case it reignites.

When I’m crawling under to turn off the gas, you can see our safety officer jump up and adjust something at one point — apparently a bit of flame got through the fog and caught me on fire, but just a little bit. I didn’t feel it at all through our protective gear and it was quickly put out.