Ashley Macdonald is running for Mayor of Wellington.
She’s served as a trustee on the Wellington Board of Trustees since 2020 and previously served from 2014-18. She works as the deputy district manager for the Wellington Fire Protection District, has an associate degree in political science from Front Range Community College and is pursuing a degree in public administration from University of Colorado Denver.
MacDonald is one of three candidates running for mayor in the April 5 election. The position is elected at large to a four-year term.
The other mayoral candidates are Calar Chaussee and Wyatt Schwendeman-Curtis. Eight candidates are also running for three trustee seats.
The Coloradoan sent questions to all Wellington Board of Trustees candidates to learn more about their priorities and why they’re running for office.
Below are Macdonald’s answers. All answers were lightly edited for grammar, spelling, clarity and AP style.
Learn more about Macdonald at ashley4mayor.com.
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Q: Why are you qualified for this role?
A: My experience and education qualify me to serve as the future mayor of Wellington. I bring proven leadership, diverse perspectives, commitment to community and a true team-oriented approach to governance.
Q: What are the most significant challenges facing your town?
A: We have undertaken some critical infrastructure projects. Providing continuity to see those projects through is paramount.
Q: What would your priorities be if you’re elected?
A: My first priority is to address the challenges previously mentioned. Prioritizing public safety and youth services and working collaboratively to set the future vision are also important. I believe the role of the mayor is to be a champion of the community and board of trustees’ visions and goals for a stronger and more resilient community.
Q: Wellington’s population is expected to double in the next 20 years. What should the town be doing to prepare for this growth?
A: Wellington is developing important documents like the Land Use Code and Comprehensive Master Plan to lay the road map for future growth. Working with the Wellington Chamber of Commerce and Main Streets Program will recruit or entice new businesses and the desired commercial growth for Wellington residents. Northern Colorado is going to continue to be a desirable place to live. This is a great opportunity to be strategic and intentional about Wellington’s growth.
Q: Wellington’s water rates are about double those of neighboring towns. What do you think the town should do to address the impact of rising water rates on residents’ bills and housing prices?
A: The Board of Trustees worked hard with staff and the community roundtable to find the best worst solution. Moving forward, collectively we need to be focused on stabilizing the rates so we do not experience any more significant increases. Looking at more reasonable landscaping requirements and conservation education are just a few examples of what we can do to stabilize utility bills.
Q: If you’d like to discuss any other issues that weren’t mentioned in the questionnaire, please do so here.
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