15 episodes

🎙️ Welcome to "Dear Fort Collins," your go-to podcast for unraveling the magic of our city! Hosted by Nick Armstrong, we dive into the inner workings of Fort Collins 2-3 times a month. 🏠

💡 From City Council insights to neighborhood know-how, we answer YOUR burning questions with expert takes. Discover the talents shaping our community and get tips to thrive as a local. 🌳

Tune in for facts and actionable wisdom to make the most of life in Fort Collins! 🌄

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🎙️ Welcome to "Dear Fort Collins," your go-to podcast for unraveling the magic of our city! Hosted by Nick Armstrong, we dive into the inner workings of Fort Collins 2-3 times a month. 🏠

💡 From City Council insights to neighborhood know-how, we answer YOUR burning questions with expert takes. Discover the talents shaping our community and get tips to thrive as a local. 🌳

Tune in for facts and actionable wisdom to make the most of life in Fort Collins! 🌄

    Rick Hubbard of Walking To Fix Our Democracy - Dear Fort Collins

    Rick Hubbard of Walking To Fix Our Democracy - Dear Fort Collins

    Rick Hubbard of Walking to Fix Our Democracy (https://www.fixourdemocracy.us/) is an 81-year-old activist who is walking across the country to raise awareness about the need for political reform. He believes that the current political system is failing to serve its citizens and is becoming increasingly divisive. Rick's walk aims to bring attention to the issues and to support activists in states along the way who are working to make changes to the electoral system.

    Rick has already walked over 1200 miles, but his journey was interrupted when his partner, Sally, was diagnosed with breast cancer. He suspended the walk to care for her, but unfortunately, she passed away in April. After celebrating her life, Rick resumed his walk and is currently making his way through Colorado.

    During the interview, Rick discusses the need for various reforms, including campaign finance reform and changes to the primary system. He believes that the current system incentivizes politicians to prioritize their own interests and the interests of their wealthy backers over the needs of the general public. Rick suggests implementing an open blanket primary system and publicly funded campaigns to create a more inclusive and fair political landscape.

    He also emphasizes the importance of media coverage in shaping public opinion and calls for a shift in focus from the "horse race" of politics to the actual issues at hand. Rick believes that if citizens are more informed about the positions and actions of their elected representatives, they can hold them accountable and work towards a more equitable society.

    • 28 min
    Robbie Moreland of Represent Fort Collins - Dear Fort Collins

    Robbie Moreland of Represent Fort Collins - Dear Fort Collins

    In this episode of Dear Fort Collins, host Nick Armstrong interviews Robbie Moreland of Represent Fort Collins. Robbie discusses the importance of voter education and transparency in elections, particularly with the upcoming implementation of ranked choice voting in Fort Collins in 2025. Robbie and Nick also talk about the need for a comprehensive voter guide that includes information on all candidates and ballot measures, as well as the potential benefits of a dollar-for-dollar matching program for candidates. Robbie also shares her vision for a quasijudicial election oversight board to ensure fair and transparent elections in the city.

    To check out the voter guide, visit: https://www.focovotes.com/

    • 17 min
    Conor Duffy - Poudre School Board - Dear Fort Collins - Election 2023

    Conor Duffy - Poudre School Board - Dear Fort Collins - Election 2023

    Nick Armstrong interviews Conor Duffy, a candidate for the Poudre School District (PSD) Board of Directors in District F. Conor discusses his passion for education and his motivation to run for office. He shares his involvement in the district, including his efforts to pass a bond measure for new schools in the Timnath area. Conor also highlights the importance of addressing enrollment numbers in the district and the need for a higher-level perspective to tackle the challenges. He draws inspiration from local public servant John Kefalas and emphasizes the importance of effective communication in public service. Conor's campaign focuses on the positive aspects of the district and the need for inclusivity. He encourages voters to learn more about his campaign and make an informed choice.



    Learn more about Conor at: https://www.conorforpsd.com/

    • 25 min
    Scott Schoenbauer - Poudre School Board - Dear Fort Collins - Election 2023

    Scott Schoenbauer - Poudre School Board - Dear Fort Collins - Election 2023

    In this episode of the "Dear Fort Collins" podcast, host Nick Armstrong interviews Scott Schoenbauer, a candidate running for the Poudre School District (PSD) Board in District A.

    Scott shares his motivations for running for public office, including his desire to improve financial literacy and academic excellence in the district. He discusses his specific project of promoting distraction-free learning in schools and highlights the importance of removing cell phone distractions from classrooms. Scott also emphasizes the need for businesses to partner with schools to provide apprenticeships and internships for students. He draws inspiration from Abraham Lincoln's ability to engage across the aisle and believes in the power of civil and in-depth discussions to bring about positive change.

    To learn more about Scott, visit: Scott4PSD.com.

    • 12 min
    Kevin Havelda - Poudre School Board - Dear Fort Collins - Election 2023

    Kevin Havelda - Poudre School Board - Dear Fort Collins - Election 2023

    In this episode of Dear Fort Collins, Nick Armstrong interviews Kevin Havelda, a candidate for the Poudre School Board in District B. He is passionate about education and moved to Fort Collins specifically for the schools. Kevin believes in the importance of maintaining the strength of the schools while also challenging them to be better. He is particularly interested in the issue of school consolidation and wants to ensure that all voices are heard in the decision-making process. Kevin's unique qualifications include his experience as a teacher, his master's degree in education, and his role as a parent. He is inspired by public servants who prioritize the needs of their constituents and is committed to being his authentic self throughout his campaign.

    Learn more about Kevin at: https://www.kevinforpsd.com/

    • 20 min
    Jessica Zamora - Poudre School Board - Dear Fort Collins - Election 2023

    Jessica Zamora - Poudre School Board - Dear Fort Collins - Election 2023

    In this episode of Dear Fort Collins, Nick Armstrong is joined by Jessica Zamora, a career educator and candidate for the Poudre School District Board in District G, who discusses her passion for education and her reasons for running for the school board. She highlights the importance of maintaining the quality of education in the district and addressing issues such as enrollment and school boundaries. Jessica emphasizes the need for fiscal responsibility while honoring the needs of students, families, and educators. She shares her unique qualifications, including her teaching experience, understanding of the challenges faced by students and families during the COVID-19 pandemic, and problem-solving skills. Jessica considers Jody Shadduck-McNally, a Larimer County Commissioner known for her empathy and compassion, as a role model in public service. She aspires to represent the community and make decisions that benefit all stakeholders. Jessica's superpower would be giving great hugs to reduce tension and facilitate problem-solving. She acknowledges the importance of trusting the community's input and considering detailed information from various perspectives.

    Learn more about Jessica here: https://jessicazamora.com/

    • 10 min

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