I’M HONORED TO BE A CANDIDATE

My name is Paul Kashmann, and I’m honored to be a candidate to represent District 6 on Denver City Council.

I have been a resident of District 6 for the better part of the past 40 years, the last 22 years as a resident of the Virginia Village neighborhood. As publisher of the Washington Park Profile newspaper I spent more than three decades focusing on the important issues and events that affect the residents and businesses of District 6 as well as the districts that surround it. As a small businessman I met the many challenges required to keep the doors open through good times and bad, so my employees had a place to come to work and a paycheck to bring home to their families.

CITIZEN PARTICIPATION

The city governs best that embraces its citizenry as full participants in the public debate on issues of governance. Residents should be welcomed to the table as valued resources rather than grudgingly tolerated in order to fulfill the “requirements” of public involvement in the governmental process.

Click here to see where I’ve stood on Citizen Responsibility in Government.
SENSIBLE GROWTH 

Our city’s leading land use and transportation plan, Blueprint Denver, emphasizes that preserving the character of our established neighborhoods is essential to keeping Denver a great place to live. I have been calling for sensible development in our city for decades, since well before the term “smart growth” was even coined. We need to guide new projects to areas that are calling out for new residential and commercial projects and ensure they include open space to foster community, and adequate parking for occupants and visitors.

Click here to see an example of where I’ve stood on Development.
PARKS

Denver’s world-famous parks system is an asset that must be well-maintained, well-managed and enhanced with every opportunity. We must protect every acre of parkland with the same passion and the same vision with which they were designed and set aside many years ago.

By drawing renewed attention to the Denver Mountain Parks system (14,000 acres in Jefferson, Clear Creek, Douglas and Grand counties – including Red Rocks Park, Daniels Park, Lookout Mountain, Winter Park Ski Area and more) we can broaden residents’ recreational opportunities and help take pressure off our inner city greenpaces.

Click here to see an example of where I’ve stood on Parks.
SMALL BUSINESS

I have been waving the flag for small business for nearly 40 years while our city has seemed more interested in attracting mega projects than in supporting the shops, service businesses and restaurants that have been supporting our neighborhoods all along. We must improve the delivery of licensing, permitting inspection and project review services so they facilitate commerce in the Mile High City rather than hinder it. We must stop paying lip service to the importance of small business and begin elevating its support to a top priority.

CONGESTION & PARKING

I will call for a Transportation Summit involving all elements of the people-moving puzzle to begin a concerted effort at providing Denver residents and visitors with the world-class transportation network – including enhanced pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure – that our city deserves. People will continue to use auto transport as the mode of choice until our mass transit system gets them from Point A to Point B in a reasonable amount of time at a reasonable cost.

We must facilitate parking in Denver by insisting that all new projects clearly account for all occupant and visitor parking on-site, and not use our neighborhood streets as de-facto parking lots.

CONSTITUENT SERVICE

In my career as publisher of Washington Park Profile I spent each day unearthing information of importance to the residents of District 6 and provided them a platform through which to respond. I regularly helped residents break through the red tape of government so they could access the full range of services they pay for with their tax dollars. I look forward to continuing all of those roles on City Council.

RECOGNITION

South-Central Improvement Association, Good Neighbor Award, 1985

Colorado State Senate Commendation for 20 Years of Community Service – 2000

South Pearl Street Merchants Association, Paul Kashmann Day, 2000

Washington Street Community Center, Jane Craft Good Neighbor Award, 2000

Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation, Gold Star Award, 2007

Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation Presidents Dinner Keynote Speaker, 2008

VOTER INFORMATION

In Person Polling Center in District 6

-Denver Police Department District 3: 1625 S. University Blvd.

24 hour drop off boxes in District 6

-Denver Police Department District 3: 1625 S. University Blvd.
-Washington Park Recreation Center: 701 S. Franklin St.
-Cook Park Recreation Center: 7100 Cherry Creek S. Dr.

Voter Registration

-Register to vote and vote at the election center located at the Denver Police Department District 3: 1625 S. University Blvd. Register and vote till and on election Day.

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ABOUT CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 6:

According to Denver law, the city must be redistricted at least once every 10 years to ensure that each Council member is representing a similar number of residents so that the concept of “one person, one vote” is maintained. In 2011, City Council refigured the boundaries for Denver’s 11 City Council districts. These new boundaries will take effect along with the next election, May 5, 2015.

Based on the most recent census data, the new District 6 will include 55,921 people, of which 10.7% are Hispanic, 76.7% Caucasian and 5.5% African American. The averages citywide are: 31.8% Hispanic, 52.2% Caucasian and 9.7% African American. The total population of Denver at the time of redistricting was estimated to be 600,158, with the average district size 54,560.

Following the May 2015 elections, District 6 will represent the following neighborhoods: (from west to east) Harvard Gulch/Rosedale, Washington Park, University, Bonnie Brae, Cory-Merrill, University Park, Virginia Village/Ellis, Virginia Vale, Cook Park and Indian Creek. These neighborhoods are represented by some 20 registered neighborhood organizations. Portions of the new District 6 stretch as far west as Broadway, east past Quebec St., as far north as Speer Blvd., and south to Dartmouth Ave.

District 6 is blessed with a rich diversity in housing stock and retail shopping districts, some of Denver’s most beautiful parkland and one of Colorado’s premiere educational institutions, the University of Denver.