The Gazette endorses Jono Scott for an at-large seat on the Aurora City Council.
Voters will elect five members to the City Council on this fall’s mail ballot, and each race offers a stark choice. On one side are candidates who would embrace ongoing efforts to make City Hall work for the people. On the other side are candidates who would revert to the divisive politics of tilting at windmills while the city’s basic needs go unmet.
All five understand that City Hall cannot solve the world’s problems on the backs of local taxpayers. What residents expect is for their local government to patch potholes, police the streets, sustain the local economy and respect neighborhoods.
That’s the meat-and-potatoes mission the council has returned to, at last, in the past two years — and the candidates we recommend on this fall’s ballot will see it through.
Each of them is a longtime resident deeply involved in, and committed to, Aurora. Gardner, who has lived nearly his entire life in Aurora and is raising a family in the city, brings his career expertise in management and finance to the council dais. Scott, a food bank director and 30-year Aurora resident, serves on the Aurora Budget Committee. Hancock, who is president of the Aurora Cultural Arts District, raised her family in the city’s Eastridge neighborhood. Lawson, a decades-long resident, previously served on the council as an at-large member. Bergan, a fierce advocate for neighborhoods, small business and schools, is a seasoned council veteran who has served on the panel since 2015.
All want to focus on the most pressing problems facing the city; all want to make City Hall work for the taxpaying public.
Vote for Gardner, Scott, Hancock, Lawson and Bergan for Aurora City Council.