2017 Council Candidate - Ward 3

  David Acunto

    Occupation: Police Officer

    Previous Elected Offices: None

    Other Leadership Positions and Community Involvement: State Secretary, Colorado State Fraternal Order of   
     Police

Why are you the most qualified person for this office?

I have 12 years' experience as a Police Officer. I have hundreds of hours of training in crisis intervention, critical problem solving, and community outreach. More importantly, I have applied these learned skills in the real world while out on patrol.  I know my problem-solving skills can directly be applied to city council.

Furthermore, for the past four years, I have served as an Executive Board member of the Colorado State Fraternal Order of Police. I assisted with the HB17-1215, Peace Officer Mental Health Support for Peace Officers, which was signed by Governor John Hickenlooper on April 24th, 2017.  

I have demonstrated leadership, critical thinking, high integrity and community service in my professional career and look forward to bringing that to Thornton City Council. 

What is the most important issue facing Thornton and how would you propose addressing it?

Economic development is vital to the continued health and growth of Thornton. We need to create a long-term vision with our own community identity. A robust local economy by encouraging a diverse array of jobs, unified housing; shopping, cultural, entertainment and restaurant districts. We also need to create city policies that are appealing to small business which encourage growth and reinvestment into Thornton.

What do you think the city does well and where do you see room for improvement?

Our city does well with community outreach. There are numerous city sponsored festivals, city council public forums and the availability of connecting through social networking.

We need to improve our open space and trail system. Currently Thornton sits at about 80 miles of trails and 2,000 acres of open space. Most of the trails lack continuity. I would like to see our trails increase in scope, with an interconnecting master plan, stretching from one side of the city to the other. 

What is your favorite thing about living in Thornton?

My favorite part is living in Thornton is all of the community events and festivals that are offered throughout the year.