Boulder Rural Fire Protection Board Elections – Tuesday May 8th
Greater Gunbarrel supports
Kirsten Felton and Kathleen Naughton
as the candidates who will continue fighting for our community.
The elections are very important for the community to support for several reasons. Past history shows that the board has made critical decisions that affect the community with little to no citizen input. It is important to elect board members who will listen to and think of the citizens the board serves.
Previous incarnations of the board have allowed personal agendas to hold sway over the needs of the community served by the Boulder Rural Fire Protection Board. Adding Kathleen Naughton to, and keeping Kirsten Felton on the board will make sure that there are board members who are invested in our community and serving our community .
Who are these candidates?
Kirsten Felton is a board member who is running to continue her participation on the board. Kathleen Naughton is running to contribute her expertise to the BRFD board. The two candidates are also endorsed by the Boulder Rural Professional Firefighters, IAFF 4415. For their statements, please read on below.
Hello neighbors! My name is Kirsten Felton. I have lived in Gunbarrel for 23 years. I have served on the Boulder Rural Fire Rescue Board of Directors for 12 years and was involved prior to that as my husband volunteered as a firefighter from 1992-2006. He has been a career firefighter at another fire department since 2004. We are a fire service family. I have a thorough understanding of the administrative and operational sides of the department from budgeting and personnel matters to response types and long term goals. I have the time and desire to continue serving and I have always welcomed questions and input from both members of our department and the citizens of our district.
One of my strengths as a board member comes from my extensive network of contacts in fire departments along the front range. I have relied on firefighters, officers and board members at various departments to give me a unique perspective on issues including budgeting, policy setting, compensation, benefits and service levels.
I am fiscally conservative and have always strived to provide the highest level of service at a reasonable cost. This is a pivotal time for Boulder Rural as it’s the first time in 30 years that a new Fire Chief is being hired. I believe my years of experience will ensure we hire the best person to fill this vital role.
I am thankful that I have the support of the firefighters at BRFD to continue as a member of the Board of Directors.
Since I moved to Boulder just over six years ago from San Diego, I have been looking for opportunities to use my leadership skills to contribute to my Boulder and Gunbarrel Communities. In San Diego, I served on local school and district-wide boards to bring technology to the 144 schools and district and worked on the first bond measure for school facility improvements to pass in over 30 years. I am passionate about responsibility, service, fairness, and especially for win-win situations for everyone. I see this translating to Boulder Rural Fire District as finding the paths that allow for continued excellent service to the community, growth of the individuals who serve the community, and the fiscal responsibility to support both of these activities.
How To Vote?
You can vote in person or you can vote absentee. Please note that the dates for mailing your ballot are different from voting in person.
Voting in person: Fill out a ballot on Tuesday, May 8 between 7am and 7pm and submit it to the polling place located at Boulder Rural Fire Protection District at 6320 Lookout Road, Boulder, CO.
Voting by absentee ballot: If you want to submit an Absentee Voter Application (available at http://brfd.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Application-for-Absentee-Voter-Ballot-2018.pdf), you must do so by mailing an application with the Designated Election Official at 550 W. Eisenhower Boulevard, Loveland, Colorado 80537, no later than the close of business Tuesday, May 1.
Stay tuned as we re-gear and get ready for the County Commissioners election in November 2018.
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