Application for Congressional Commission for Ricardo Villa

Contact Information

Full Name

Ricardo Villa

Other Names
Rick Villa- but not legally

Party Affiliation

Republican

Occupation

Retired- Construction Photographer

Educational Background

Graduated from Harrison High School in 1972. College for Financial Planning in 1991. Was an Enrolled Agent (authorized to represent clients in Tax Court) 1991-1993. Lifelong learner

Zip Code

80903

Congressional District
5

Background

Past Political Activity

Donated $40 cash to Ben Carson in 2016. Bought 14 Trump/Pence signs in 2020 for $140 cash. Donated about $100 each year to the Independence Institute. Donate average of $130 to Springs Taxpayers.com. Donate $48 yearly to Rocky Mountain Black Conservatives. Quicken isn't working right now, so I'm not sure what other donations I made, but probably much smaller if any.

List of Political and Civic Organizations belonged to

Was a board member of Middle Shooks Run Neighborhood Association, but dropped out about that time when my mother and father passed and I was swamped with taking care of their estate. I'm the lead for the Bijou St. neighborhood on Nextdoor.com.

Organization and Advocacy Experience

I was part of a small group which opposed converting a lane on Cascade Avenue into a bike path, which ultimately failed. Helped write content for the webpage we had back then, safercc.com. Met with the head Traffic Engineer, Kathleen Krager, in that capacity. Tried to reach a compromise, but she was unwilling. Also, when the UFCW Local 7 leadership wanted to strike King Soopers in 1993, I opposed them and said so publicly. The end result was that despite the President of the Local pushing for a strike, we accepted the contract.

Statement

I believe that gerrymandering hurts representative government by creating safe districts, allowing the representative from that district to be more radical than they would be if the district would be more evenly distributed. I think that I've got a good set of skills that will help to build consensus. I'm a good listener, and believe that it's important to hear both sides of a story before making a decision. I also believe that I've got good communication skills and can articulate my position well.

Statement on Working with Consensus

I believe that at the end of the day, we still have to live together, regardless of our political beliefs. Even in this current antagonistic climate, I've got liberal friends and family that I try to interact with, if they're willing. I also believe that I very much understand that it's important to listen to the other people's point of view because they've got good reasons for believing what they do. We can't progress unless everyone feels understood. It's an opportunity to meet others who will broaden my understanding.

Relevant Analytic Skills for Commission

I'm very controlled and rarely lose my temper. I don't think I've used profanity in anger for at least a year. I have great reading comprehension, and am an attentive listener. I'm creative in finding solutions to sides on different sides of the fence. I'm a peace maker.

Demographics

Racial categories the applicant identifies with:
Caucasian

The applicant has Hispanic/Latino/Spanish origin

Applicant identifies with the following gender

male