Brody challenges Hente in District 1

       Rockrimmon resident Al Brody has announced his candidacy for the District 1 City Council seat currently held by Scott Hente.
       District 1 is the northerly of two council districts that take in the Westside.
       Brody completed Air Force Officer Training School in 1979 and retired from his position as an AFROTC Detachment Commander in 2002. He described himself as “a full-time volunteer working with many area organizations.”
       “My goal on City Council is to work towards doing the things the city already states it does, such as “We Build Community,” Brody said. “Although building houses profitably is important to the economy of any city, it doesn't necessarily equal building community.”
       Brody said he will advocate affordable housing that includes easy access to public transportation and incorporates the most energy-efficient appliances and construction.
       Brody has held or holds leadership positions with the Pikes Peak Area Bikeways Coalition, Trails and Open Spaces Coalition, Eagleview Middle School Accounta-bility Committee, Colorado Springs Police Department-sponsored DRIVESMART steering committee, Street Racing Task Force, El Paso County Safe Kids Coalition, Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG), Transportation Enhancement subcommittee, RIDEFINDERS Bike Week organizing committee, Citizen's Academy planning committee, and Jewish War Veterans Post 343.
       Brody has lobbied for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure improvements at various government levels.
       Regarding City Utilities, he believes there are cost-saving opportunities and ways to reward conservation so that not all people would be forced into rate increases. A supporter of Amendment 37, he said he would “like to take advantage of the cost savings from diminishing renewable energy production costs rather than be stuck without a varied energy portfolio as natural gas prices soar.”
       To fund a proposed downtown convention center, Brody proposes using a percentage of the hotel tax as an incentive to developers so there would be “no risk or cost to citizens.”
       Brody and his wife, Tamara, have been married for 23 years. They live in Rockrimmon and have one daughter, Shayna.
       West of I-25, the boundary between District 1 and District 3 (currently held by Jerry Heimlicher) runs along Uintah Street between I-25 and 30th Street, one block along Platte Avenue to 31st, then south on 31st Street to Highway 24. The city limits form the western and northern boundaries of District 1, and the district continues out east as far as Academy Boulevard.

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