I am running for council because I believe we desire change from the status quo.
I believe we’re looking for a new economic vision, an improved quality of life, and a brighter future for our community that employs a “can do attitude” that will make use of the resources and skills in our community to address the issues of opportunity and take advantage of the benefits of the wonderful location of our city.
Time and time again this council has left too many opportunities on the table. We need a vision of leadership from our elected leaders and a desire to move our city in a forward direction.
It’s time for action, it’s time for change.
A tested leader with a vision, and a plan for Longmont’s future.
Former city councilman-1995-1999 is a candidate for the At Large position on the Longmont City Council. Mr. Gallegos, a business and financial consultant, abstract and non-representational artist and owner of Conejos Fine Art Gallery, has lived in Longmont since 1985.
Gallegos was the former president of the Neighborhood Group Leaders Association, served on the Planning Zoning Long-range Commission, Council liaison to the Planning and Zoning Commission, Transportation Advisory Board, Library Advisory Board, and Museum Advisory board. He also served from 1997-1999 on the board of directors of the Longmont Economic Council, Board of Directors of Colorado Municipal League, Board of Directors National League of Cities Washington D.C. and Board of Directors Hispanic Locally Elected Officials- HELO Washington D.C. .
Gallegos was on the City Council that passed the bond for the building of the Recreation Center, Museum, and expansion of the Senior Center. That council also purchased Sandstone Ranch, and established the fiber-optic backbone; what is now known as Next-Light.
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A Message to Longmont Voters
Special interests, partisan causes and needless studies from distant places will not be his distractions.
Longmont is not broken, but it can be. In seeking ideas for Longmont, we’ve seen a decade of studying how things are done in distant places. There are few places like Longmont, which has fifty year existing economic engine of high tech. Current leaders didn’t arrive with a local economic vision. But one candidate does now. We have an opportunity for new leadership on council. Who has the knowledge, experience, and skills needed? A leader in our social, business, and arts community. We want them to be strong on vision and have an even stronger in work ethic.
Ron Gallegos stands out as being someone who has the chops to make a vision into a reality. Mr. Gallegos has support from the business and arts communities for a vision of a convention and performing arts center. The opportunity for this economic development is ready now. Conventions generate the need for food, travel, and hotels. A convention center will be a huge incentive to be in Longmont. And retail sales taxes paid largely by visitors.
Mr. Gallegos was on the council that built the recreation, museum, and senior centers. They also purchased the Standstone Ranch recreation fields. With a background in telecommunications, he was a key leader in creating our optical fiber network now known as NextLight. These achievements have had significant and positive impact for the people of Longmont. If Mr. Gallegos is elected to council, we can expect his hard work towards achieving his new goals, and less attention to small issues and minor distractions. Ron gets his ideas and support from people who live and work in Longmont. Special interests, partisan causes and needless studies from distant places will not be his distractions.
I ask you to join me in voting for Ron Gallegos for Longmont City Council.
Ron gets his ideas and support and strength from people who live and work in Longmont.
We need new leadership. We need a new line-up on city council. Where can we find this leadership? Who has the needed knowledge, experience, and skills in the field for the at-large race for city council?
Ron Gallegos has a new idea of an economic model based on tourism and based on our near location to Rocky Mountain National Park. He believes that Longmont can be more of a tourist destination rather than just a waypoint to the national park. The opportunity for this economic development is ready now. Tourism means activity. It means new restaurants, retail, and late night recreation opportunities. Conventions generate the need for food, travel, motel/hotel stays. A convention center will be a huge incentive to be in Longmont.
Ron has a vision that he can turned into a reality. Businesses that could develop around such a convention/performing arts center will be a huge boost to retail, commercial activity, and sales tax revenues. Taxes will be paid by visitors i.e. tourists and convention goers.
Mr. Gallegos was on the council that built the recreation, museum, and senior centers and the purchase of Standstone ranch. With a background in telecommunications, he was a key leader in creating our optical fiber network now known as NextLight. These achievements have had significant and positive impact for the people of Longmont.
If Ron is elected to council, we can expect his hard work towards achieving new goals, and less attention to small and minor distractions. Ron gets his ideas and support and strength from people who live and work in Longmont. I ask you to join me in voting for Ron Gallegos for Longmont City Council.
Ron Gallegos Is A Seasoned Business Professional.
Here we go again. It’s election time. All the candidates for city council will be taking positions. All will claim they support the efforts and needs of the small business community particularly downtown. They will bemoan the lack of parking, the affordability of rental space, the lack of retail choice. They will pretend to be interested in the causes and concerns of this corridor but they really are not. Instead they practice a double-speak of benign neglect. Words come out of their mouths but no real action ever follows. They’ll agree we are experiencing a parking crisis but still no parking garages; but no real concrete solutions; no course of action. The same said for the mid-block crossing situation. They will ring their hands and cry out Woe is me. They talk about the dangers of trying to cross in the middle of the block with traffic and compare it to a Spanish bullfight. But still no concrete action has take place on the issue of midblock crossing in twenty two years. And it’s been that long in terms of all the talk about parking garages downtown as well.
But to really be fair to the current incumbent and her challengers with exception of one they all lack any significant experience in managing, owning, directing or planning for business. They all with the exception of one have no skill set in this area. None has Fortune 500 Corporate experience. None have any significant experience in managing people, resources, projects, time lines or budgets with the exception of one. None with the exception one, have ever owned and managed their own small business and understanding needs and undertaking ever thing involved in running your own business, it plan, operation, marketing, and budget i.e. meeting a payroll for the business, its employees, and shareholder(s).
If that weren’t enough, none with the exception of one brings any appreciable real experience in municipal government to their quest for office. None have served on the Planning and Zoning Commission, Transportation Advisory Board, Library, Museum, or Airport boards. None have had held any real leadership positions at the local, state or national levels save one. Somehow they feel they can be policy makers and leaders of a city with a budget in excess of three hundred and fifty million dollars but little or none municipal government experience much less any practical business know-how or experience; having been of the Board of Directors of the National League of Cities, Hispanic Locally Elected Officials Board of Directors, Colorado Municipal League Board of Directors, and the Longmont city council Ward III 1995-2000 and
Board of Directors of the Longmont Area Economic Development Council 1997-1999.
No, my money is on the sole candidate who is a man with a plan and a vision for the future. Ron Gallegos is a seasoned business professional having both experience at the Fortune 500 Corporate level having been a line manager, product manager, process manager and project manager for what was U S West Communications-now Century Link. He managed a union shop with union employees. He managed his own six million dollar product line. He led technical teams of over 100 to delivered products designed for business clients. Mr. Gallegos has had the additional experience of owning and operating mortgage related finance and consulting firms as well as being an accomplish abstract artist.
He has a plan revitalizing downtown by way of a pedestrian mall, construction of needed parking/retail/condo garages, bypass at Airport Road, construction of Convention and Performing Arts center with a hotel complex and river-walk feature. He also has a plan for in-fill and affordable housing as well an economic plan using tourism as job creator for the community. When taking into consideration both his professional business and significant municipal government experience I can concluded there is only but one choice for the position of At Large position for the Longmont City Council namely; Ron Gallegos. He’s a man with Plan and a Vision for the Future. I urge you to vote Ron Gallegos for the At Large position for the Longmont City Council.