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Nov 4, 2009 11:33 PM by David Ortiviz

Three new council members elected in Pueblo

Three new city council members will take office in Pueblo at the start of the new year.

Steve Nawrocki and Chris Kaufman were elected to two At Large seats. Leroy Garcia was elected to District 3.

Nawrocki is the Executive Director of the Senior Resource Development Agency in Pueblo. "I've been in public service for over 40 years. I think there's a need to bring that sort of dimension to the policy makers in our community or any community," said Nawrocki.

Nawrocki says he plans to push recycling, job growth and gang prevention. "During the campaign I had an opportunity to hear from the citizens and they're concerned about gangs I made a promise that I would continue to pursue this task force that we want to see continue," said Nawrocki.

Kaufman is the manager of the Land Title Guarantee Co. "My main objective is not to come in with new ideas but to say what can we do to keep the momentum in the city moving forward," said Kaufman.

Kaufmans says he wants to attract more tourism and retail business to Pueblo. "We need to expand it. We need to grow it," said Kaufman. "A lot of that will come from beautifying this community, infrastructure improved. There's a lot of things we need to do, but I see positive things going on," said Kaufman.

Garcia is a marine veteran and an educator at Pueblo Community College. "This is just a different way to serve. We need young leadership. We need diversified leadership so that's what I hope to bring to the table," said Garcia.

Garcia says one of his goals is to bring more jobs to Pueblo. "A strong emphasis on economic development because we're feeling the squeeze of the jobs loss in this country so especially locally we want to make sure we're attracting businesses that pay fair wages," said Garcia.

The three councilmen will officially take office in January 2010. Pueblo's four other city council members are Ray Aguilera, Lawrence Atencio, Judy Weaver and Council President Vera Ortegon.

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