Ballots for the 2011 General Municipal Election were mailed out to voters late last week. With nine candidates running for Denver mayor, voters will need to keep a "cheat sheet" handy. My Speed Candidating profiles cut through the political rhetoric to reveal the risk and return spectrum of each candidate. Today, we look at the assets of Thomas Wolf... As seen above, the Speed Candidating profile for Thomas Wolf condenses the essence of the man and his mayoral mission. This abbreviated version is best understood when read in a side-by-side comparison with Speed Candidating profiles of the other eight mayoral candidates.
Thomas Wolf is a self-employed investment analyst who specializes in structuring and raising capital for private securities and alternative funds. On his campaign website, Wolf refers to himself as the FREE candidate, because he is conducting his campaign with zero external campaign finance. Therefore, in investment-analyst terminology, Thomas Wolf is like the junk bond of mayoral candidates -- he poses the greatest risk to Denver voters, but promises the greatest return on investment.
For employees of the City of Denver, Wolf's riskiest campaign message is that of connecting employee compensation to performance to drive desired outcomes. As with all businessmen running for office, they want workers to work harder with reduced hours for less pay in order to achieve his desired outcome. It's the best way to maximize profits for shareholders. Wolf will finally give voters the chance to choose between city services and/or tax savings.
Throughout his Westword mayor's profile, Wolf shares many great visionary ideas about the 16th Street mall free shuttles and the restructuring of the Denver Police Department. Denver voters love to pick underdogs in mayor's races; now it's time to see if they'll pick a lone Wolf.
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