Nate Matthews for Parker Town Council

Please Vote for Nate in the Special Election - April 20, 2021!

My vision is to see the residents and businesses
of Parker thrive!

"Maintain Parker’s small-town community feel as we grow into the future"

Nates Vision for Parker

Parker has been voted a top place to raise a family. I want to make sure it stays that way by building a future that embraces the small-town family feel that makes Parker so appealing.  My vision for Parker and its residents include three main ideas:

Economic Development

Over the past year the Covid related shutdowns kept many Parker residents close to home. The Town of Parker benefited as sales tax growth came in at roughly 6% as the 'daytime' economy developed as people lived, worked and spent more money in Parker. While many will continue to work remotely through 2021 more will head back to office locations outside Parker and families who stayed in town will likely venture out for vacations and other activities. As we all know, Parker is an award winning community and has outstanding amenities that make it an appealing place to live and work. We have land and office space available and should proactively engage the business community to bring more employment to Parker. The remote work environment has shown that large offices with hundreds of employees aren't critical to a businesses functioning and embracing smaller satellite office concepts can help reduce office expense and improve employee morale and satisfaction through reduced commute times and hybrid work models. With the newly hired Deputy Town Administrator and Economic Development Director - Bo Martinez - I would like to proactively engage the business community and take advantage of this unique moment in time!

Responsible Growth for Parker CO

Responsible Growth

It’s no wonder that Parker has experienced significant growth in the past couple decades. Its desirability as a place to live combined with a location convenient to jobs at the Denver Tech Center, downtown Denver and surrounding areas will continue to make our town popular. Over the past few years we’ve seen apartment buildings popping up across town, increasing traffic and commute times and threatening to change Parker's small-town atmosphere! While growth is expected due to Parker’s appeal, we need to focus on responsible growth that pays for the necessary infrastructure to continue supporting all of Parker’s residents while maintaining the small-town community feel.

Expanded Horizons

Expanded Horizons

I envision creating a partnership with our towns business owners to help high school students learn about real world careers from local entrepreneurs. Too often, young people lack basic knowledge about how business works and the opportunities right in their own backyard. The Expanded Horizons Program will allow them to sample various types of careers on a rotational schedule and give them the confidence they need when actually seeking a job. As a community, we can give our youth experiences and sucess that will expand their future horizons - who knows, some may even find their lifelong calling right here in Parker!

Priorities

The vacancies filled during the Aprl 20, 2021 Special Election will give the two elected Councilmembers just over a year and a half to accomplish key priorities.
If elected my top priorities will be:

Economic Development

Over the past year the Covid related shutdowns kept many Parker residents close to home. The Town of Parker benefited as sales tax growth came in at roughly 6% as the 'daytime' economy developed as people lived, worked and spent more money in Parker. While many will continue to work remotely through 2021 more will head back to office locations outside Parker and families who stayed in town will likely venture out for vacations and other activities.

As we all know, Parker is an award winning community and has outstanding amenities that make it an appealing place to live and work. We have land and office space available and should proactively engage the business community to bring more employment to Parker. The remote work environment has shown that large offices with hundreds of employees aren't critical to a businesses functioning and embracing smaller satellite office concepts can help reduce office expense and improve employee morale and satisfaction through reduced commute times and hybrid work models.

With the newly hired Deputy Town Administrator and Economic Development Director - Bo Martinez - I would like to proactively engage the business community and take advantage of this unique moment in time!

Support Our
Police Officers

In cities across our nation we've seen riots, looting and calls to defund the police. While Parker has historically been one of Colorado's safest communities, we need to promote the rule of law by supporting our police officers. Everything else we do as a community is impacted by our residents feeling safe to live, send kids to school, shop and dine. As a Town Councilmember, I will make sure our police department stays appropriately funded, allowing our men and women of law enforcement to continue to serve and protect our community!

Oversee Our
Tax Dollars

A key responsibility of Town Councilmembers is to approve the annual Town budget. I've spent my entire professional career in finance and I will utilize my financial expertise to scrutinize the Town budget and oversee our taxpayer dollars and how our funds are spent!

Expanded Horizons

I envision creating a partnership with our towns business owners to help high school students learn about real world careers from local entrepreneurs. Too often, young people lack basic knowledge about how business works and the opportunities right in their own backyard. The Expanded Horizons Program will allow them to sample various types of careers on a rotational schedule and give them the confidence they need when actually seeking a job. As a community, we can give our youth experiences and sucess that will expand their future horizons - who knows, some may even find their lifelong calling right here in Parker!

Nate's View on Current Discussions

Sales Tax on Groceries:

Parker is one of a couple cities in Douglas County that charges its sales tax on grocery sales.  This regressive tax impacts our lowest income residents most as they purchase grocery essentials for their families.  The Mayor and current Council have discussed eliminating Parker’s 3% sales tax on groceries and I would support eliminating it if possible.  I believe an issue of this magnitude should be brought to Parker residents to decide and I personally wouldn’t support it if it impacted funding for our award-winning Police Department.  Through population growth and economic development I believe that we can offset the revenue impact and help residents keep more of their hard earned money giving them the ability to spend it as they think best.

RTD

Sales tax in Parker has generated much more in tax revenue for RTD than we receive in services.  It is vital for any town to have reliable transportation options to help residents travel to and from work, events and for our employers to be able to bring in employees.  I've heard from residents who use RTD that they have seen routes cut and frequent service issues that have only increased since the covid shutdowns.  I believe Parker can leverage the revenue generated through the RTD tax to improve services to and from Parker, however, if better service can't be arranged I would support looking at other ways to improve Parkers transportation.

Beliefs about Government

Municipal elections in Parker are non-partisan but as I’ve been out meeting with residents they want to know what I stand for and believe about government and elected officials. 

Here are some of my core beliefs:

About Nate

Tiffany and I have lived in Douglas County for most of our marriage, we moved our family to Parker in July 2016 and fell in love with the town! Our seven children range in age from 16 to 1 and each has enjoyed living in Parker – from the parks and bicycle trails to frozen yogurt on Mainstreet our family has enjoyed the benefits and amenities of living in Parker. Tiffany has taught dance since she was a teenager and taught at Parker Dance Academy. Our children are active around Parker participating in classes at Parker Dance Academy, playing soccer and other sports. As a family we have attended Southside Bible Church in Centennial for over 16 years and are actively involved within our church.

"Our family has enjoyed the benefits and amenities of living in Parker!"

"I am passionate about philanthropy and helping others succeed."

I am a member of Southside Bible Church’s Emergency Response Team and have helped the church organize volunteer efforts to the Denver Rescue Mission. I am passionate about philanthropy and helping others succeed. Outside of my professional occupation, I serve as an administrator for a charitable fund started by a group of Christian business owners that pools funds to be donated to local and international 501(c)3 organizations. In 2019 I completed the Parker Civic Academy and my interest in serving the residents of Parker grew – inspiring me to run for Town Council.

Background & Education

I grew up in a military family – moving around the country every few years. About the time I started High School my family moved to Omaha, NE. I was home schooled and graduated from high school at 16.  I started taking classes at the community college and later transferred into the University of Nebraska-Omaha where I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration when I was 20.  

Originally planning on a flight career in the military, I obtained my private pilots license at the Offutt Aero Club on Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. My career plans changed going into my senior year in college when I met my wife Tiffany at my brothers wedding during the summer of 2002. Knowing a military career didn’t match the family life we wanted I pursued my passion for finance and entered the financial services industry in February 2003. The weekend of graduation we packed up my apartment in Omaha and moved out to Littleton, CO. Tiffany and I were married a year to the day after we met on July 5, 2003.  

We knew we wanted a large family and also had a passion for adoption. After having five children biologically we adopted our sixth child and later had one more biologically bringing the total to seven - we have four daughters and three sons. We also obtained our Foster Care license in November 2020 and have already had several children placed with us since being licensed.

Career & Job History

Throughout high school and college I was a lifeguard and swim instructor. Growing up around the water I enjoyed swimming and teaching children and adults to swim and enjoy the water. During my senior year in College I worked for a time at the Omaha Airport Authority as a Communication Center Operator. After meeting Tiffany my focus shifted from the military and aviation to finance. I started in residential mortgage finance in February 2003 and remained there until February 2010. After the financial crisis I moved to an area of finance I had wanted to be in for years – I took a position as a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. I am now a Vice President with UBS Financial Services and have been with UBS since November 2012. I have continued my lifelong love of learning by obtaining several professional  designations – I am a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst®.  My goal as I work with my clients is to help them grow and protect their wealth.  My wealth management process includes budgeting, financial analysis, strategic planning and most importantly the implementation and execution of financial plans.  I believe my knowledge and experience gained while working in the financial services industry will carryover very well to serving as a Town Councilmember.    

"My knowledge and experience gained while working in the financial services industry will carry over very well to serving as a Town Councilmember!"

Are You a Parker Resident or Business Owner?

I'd love to hear from you!

What do you love about Parker? What would you like to see changed or improved? What concerns do you have moving forward? Please connect with me and let me know!

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