With John Hickenlooper serving as Colorado's governor, we know Denver will have a new mayor this year, and the race is wide open. To introduce you to the players, we're offering profiles of official candidates. Next up: Vincent Macieyovski.
"I haven't done any fundraising yet," Vincent Macieyovski says. "I'm relying on my message."
Macieyovski is Polish by birth -- "I'm from near Auschwitz," he notes. He moved to the United States in 1983 and settled in Denver on Saint Patrick's Day the following year. "You can consider me a local boy," he jokes. He earned an engineering degree in his native country before completing studies for a bachelor's in management from Metropolitan State College and an MBA in finance and accounting from Regis University. He's currently a service technician for the City and County of Denver.
What inspired him to run for mayor? "I think the situation in the city -- the budget stuff -- is tragic," he allows. "And nobody's addressing it at all."
He's most frustrated by waste in government, which he says he's observed on the job. From 2003 until 2006, he worked as a site engineer at the Denver Art Museum, and during that time, he argues that "they were replacing equipment that didn't need to be replaced using public money. They fleeced the public for a couple of hundred thousand dollars -- maybe even a million." He claims to have been removed from his position after complaining. His current job with the city "is pretty much like an apprentice," he adds. "It seems like they want to keep me down, so I won't get any more knowledge about their shenanigans."
Nonetheless, Macieyovski says he's witnessed similar issues at the Denver Police fleet management building at 5440 Roslyn where he's currently assigned. According to him, $200,000 was allotted to replace a perfectly functional boiler simply because of its age: thirty years. In the end, he says the man who originally installed the boiler three decades ago convinced the folks in charge of that it didn't need to be replaced. Now, Macieyovski can't help wondering what happened to the $200,000. "Probably spent it on something else," he speculates.
How would Macieyovski address situations like these? He says the city has conducted numerous audits, with recommendations for savings. He would implement all of them, then go looking for other places to cut.
In addition, "we're spending too much on contract labor that the city could perform with its own resources. And they hire people not by what they know, but by who they know. They're basically hired to provide cover, because they won't say anything. They just go along. And in management, they promote whoever's the most malleable. If we eliminate that layer of incompetent people and bring in people who know the job, who have integrity, it would give a tremendous boost to the taxpayer base."
Overall, he believes, "we could cut the operating budget by a third just by eliminating all the waste."
When asked about other major issues he hopes to address as mayor, Macieyovski says, "The budget is the major issue. We're looking at downsizing, layoffs. I don't think anything is more major than that."
Despite having no campaign website or Facebook page, Macieyovski announces that he's collected enough signatures to secure a place on the ballot -- "and if for whatever reason they deem me insufficient, I'll be able to get the remainders."
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In the meantime, he continues to participate in community candidate forums. His rivals "talk about themselves -- the difficulty they had growing up and going to college," he maintains. "But I have a story, too. I came to this country with very limited English, and that situation taught me to seek opportunities like this one."
Below, see a 9News video in which Macieyovski makes his pitch to voters.
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