Jeff Kahn, the CEO-founder of two management consulting companies, announced his candidacy last week for Greenwood Village City Council.
“Greenwood Village needs strong leaders who come to the table with community-focused ideas that will enhance and protect the special nature of our city,” he said. “Over the last several years, there have been several situations where Greenwood Village City Council and staff have acted in a manner that was not aligned with the hopes and desires of the vast majority of the populous.”
Kahn, 43, takes particular issue with the recent unsuccessful council-referred measure that would have allowed larger development is what is called the Orchard Station Subarea.
“City Council and the staff of Greenwood Village have taken it upon themselves to promote a development-focused ideology that is clearly not based on the best interests of the citizens,” he said. “I look forward to representing my district and our entire city, including our youth, our seniors, our businesses and our diverse communities and neighborhoods on both sides of I-25.”
A Greenwood Village resident for seven years, Kahn said choosing the city as his home has been key to his success and says it is time to give back.
“I want to do all I can to contribute to preserving all that’s great about Greenwood Village and to making it an even better place to live, work and raise a family in the future,” he said.
Unlike other candidates, Kahn emphasizes that he has not served on any of the city’s boards or commissions and has not been affiliated with interest groups active in city politics.
“I view that as an asset,” he said. “I have always been an independent when it comes to politics and community issues and I will bring that independence to the City Council as well.”
Kahn says his campaign will focus on improving access to city services, reviewing ongoing street and park maintenance, bettering the partnership between Greenwood Village and neighboring cities and helping to manage growth and redevelopment.
Kahn is a member of the Ambassador Board for Project CURE, a global nonprofit, and is on the Colorado Executive Board for the Entrepreneurs Organization Accelerator Program.
He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, where he was a legislative intern for U.S. Sen. Christopher Bond. He attended law school at Chicago-Kent College of Law.
After practicing with a small business-focused Denver law firm, Kahn helped build three start-ups before launching his own companies in 2009.
Kahn is married and has two children in Cherry Creek Schools.
“My family put our roots here in Greenwood Village. It has been an amazing choice for us and I want to make sure it remains a good choice for future generations,” he said.
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