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Reporter’s Notebook: A mayor alone will not solve Pueblo’s major issues

Both candidates are clear that to solve the major crisis facing Pueblo the new mayor will need help from the community, State and Feds

Nick Gradisar and Steve Nawrocki discuss their vision if elected mayoral at the PULP Mayoral Debate, January 3, 2019 at Pueblo Community College. (PULP Photo)

PUEBLO — On January 22, Pueblo will have its first chief lawmaker in decades, but both mayoral candidates are clear that the job won’t come with guaranteed accomplishments. It’ll take allies throughout the community and partnerships with other government bodies.

During a debate Thursday hosted by PULP, KRCC and KOAA the two candidates — longtime city council member Steve Nawrocki and local attorney and water board mainstay Nick Gradisar — spent extensive time talking economic development, tourism and the city’s main revenue stream (sales tax).

Gradisar wants to partner with local colleges to find solutions to keep millennials with advanced degrees in Pueblo. At a debate the next night, Nawrocki pointed out that both the PCC president and CSU-Pueblo president have always had a seat at the table with local lawmakers and the Pueblo Economic Development Corporation.

Nawrocki wants to spend $1 million each year on making Pueblo an attractive destination — that, he said he believes, will be enough to convince more people that Pueblo has big city amenities with a small town feel. They’ll move here, he said.

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