My name is Tommy Butler, and I am running for the Greeley City Council Ward I seat.

After graduating from the University of Northern Colorado, my wife Molly and I decided to continue calling Greeley our home because we love this community. Greeley is a vibrant, diverse city with a bright future, but we will only meet our potential if we are willing to take on our challenges and responsibly plan for future growth.

One of the biggest issues facing Greeley is the lack of affordable housing. With housing prices doubling in the past few years, we are pricing more and more of our own residents out of living here.

We need to push for more multi-family zoning, increase funding to programs like the G-Hope program, and fight for newly available state funds for affordable housing.

To plan for our future growth, we must invest in what matters. I strongly support ballot measure 4C because investing in our children’s future by rebuilding and renovating our schools is one of the best investments we can make. We also have to make sure we invest in our infrastructure.

Too many of our roads and sidewalks on the northeast side of Greeley are falling apart. I will fight for Ward 1 in the budget process and prioritize fixing the streets and sidewalks that need it most.

To tackle our biggest challenges, we need leaders that are willing to listen. During this campaign, I have talked to so many people that feel like our side of town has been forgotten, like our tax dollars don’t matter. I will host monthly town hall meetings to make sure every person in Ward I has the opportunity to be heard, and I pledge to work together with you to solve our biggest problems.

I hope I can earn your vote.