Why I am running for City Council

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I moved to Delta with my wife six years ago. Originally hailing from Denver, I probably should have felt like an alien in the small-town vibe of my wife's hometown.

But I never did.

This community welcomed me with open arms, and now I can’t imagine being anywhere else in the world. I can't think of a better place to raise my son. I couldn’t fathom of being any closer to natural beauty in all directions. This is my home, and I don’t plan on going anywhere.

But there is always room for improvement.

My family started a business on Main Street, and we quickly learned the struggles that small businesses face. Delta has a bad reputation for being hostile to business startups, and this is entirely the fault of our city government. Delta needs to drastically change the way it interacts with the business community, or else we can expect more economic hardship in our future. “Business as usual” is no longer acceptable. 

I became better acquainted with the shortsightedness of our City's leadership, and how often they kicked the proverbial can down the road for future generations to deal with. Devil's Thumb Golf Course has cost taxpayers millions of dollars since it opened. Approximately 85% of Delta's capital improvements budget for the next 30 years is dedicated to debt service payments for the alternative truck route. And now our city officials are attempting to extort money from various essential services (fire department, school district, etc.) to create a multi-million dollar handout to a hotel developer, which will burden the budgets of necessary services like fire safety. Debt, bonds, and other efforts to finance boondoggles with money that we don't have—I won't allow these to happen my watch.

I'm not afraid to challenge old ways of thinking. If Delta is going to innovate, then it needs to be open to new opportunities and markets—even the ones that were once taboo generations ago. There is a strange tendency for leaders to talk out of both sides of their mouths when it comes to promoting "free markets," while at the same time dictating what businesses should be "allowed" to operate within city limits. You can't have it both ways. We need to be open to ALL business models, and, yes, that includes recreational marijuana

I understand the importance of growth while still maintaining a unique sense of identity. I don’t want to make Delta the “next Telluride” or the “next Aspen”; I want to make Delta the “next Delta.” I want to make our city the prototype for others to follow, while still maintaining what makes our city special. 

Most importantly, I want my son to inherit a city that he can be proud of and raise his own family in—a place of abundance, generosity, and civility.

This isn't going to be easy. This will likely entail an uphill struggle against the status quo.

But Delta is worth the fight. And I hope to do so while serving as your future City Council member.

Stooksberry Announces City Council Candidacy

Local business owner, Libertarian activist, and City of Delta resident, Jay Stooksberry is officially running for City Council. Filing his candidate affidavit on October 13th, Stooksberry begins his campaign for the April 2018 elections. He is seeking to fill the at-large seat that will soon be vacated by Mayor Ed Sisson. 

“City of Delta is in dire need of reform,” says Stooksberry. “From expensive boondoggles that have brokered our city’s financial future to burdensome code enforcement that has made it unnecessarily difficult to start a business, there are a lot of messes clean up.”

As a council member, Stooksberry hopes to spearhead a number of proposals that drastically rein in wasteful spending and audit existing city procedures. On his campaign website (www.votestooks.org), he lays a number of “day one actions” of his platform, which include developing plans to eliminate all subsidies to the Devil’s Thumb golf course, reforming the Delta Urban Renewal Authority, and phasing out antiquated city regulations that may be hinder business growth. 

“City of Delta has earned a reputation for being a bad place to set up shop, and this reputation increases the cost of doing business in city limits,” Stooksberry adds. “Contractors will charge 30% more on their bids to cover the pain and suffering of dealing with our local government.”

“Our public officials need a friendly reminder that they serve Delta citizens, not the other way around,” he continues.

Originally from the Front Range, Stooksberry moved to Delta six years ago with his wife, Carrie Boyd. Together, they worked with Carrie’s mother, Cathy Boyd, to open CB’s Tavern, a local bar and restaurant located on Main Street. The project required remodeling and refurbishing a historic building, installing a commercial kitchen, and later adding on a banquet hall and event space.

Since moving here, Stooksberry has been an active contributor to many local initiatives and projects. Serving as Regional Development Coordinator for Region 10, Stooksberry wrote and assisted on several large-scale grants, which funded small business loans, broadband development, and other various community development projects within the six-county region.

He currently serves as the Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Delta County, a Board Director for Delta Area Chamber of Commerce, and a Planning Commissioner for City of Delta.

He also “moonlights” as a web developer, marketing consultant, and freelance writer. He has been published in The Denver Post, Daily Sentinel, Foundation for Economic Education, Reason Magazine, Independent Voter, and several other publications.

For more information about his campaign, Stooksberry encourages voters to visit www.votestooks.org.