COMMERCE CITY — Councilwoman Jadie Carson is poised for a new term on City Council, running unopposed for the Ward III seat in the Nov. 5 general election.
Carson, 56, is an AFT field representative and organizer. She has lived in Commerce City for the past 12 years and has served on council since her victory in the 2009 election, where she edged out the crowded electoral field of Joseph Sandoval, David Pocs, Kerstin Berlinski and Guillermo Serna.
Carson, in documents filed related to her candidacy, said she’s “very passionate” about continuing the work she’s been a part of since joining council, including the Youth Commission Group.
“In their inaugural year, they have come together to discuss and study issues in which our youth face today,” Carson said. “They have learned about our local government and now have a better understanding of how the city operates. In addition, they can see firsthand how their involvement will help the needs of the future Commerce City youth.”
Carson also said she was “excited” about the 2K campaign and the potential of voters approving the recreation and infrastructure projects proposed.
While Carson listed the redevelopment of the former Mile High Greyhound track site first among the top opportunities the city has, she also cited the importance of the coming addition of the Regional Transportation District’s North Metro Rail Line and the potential for development around Denver International Airport, which has been the source of much heated talk between Adams County officials and officials from Denver over how to proceed with the intergovernmental agreement governing future development in the area.
In addition to the DIA talks and what Carson deemed “the natural division of the city” between northern and southern portion, she cited “the slow recovery of the economy” as one of Commerce City’s top challenges in the years ahead.
“There are things the city can do and currently are doing to assist, such as incentives for developers, streamlining the process for permits and the reorganization of city departments,” Carson said.
If re-elected, Carson’s second term would expire in