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Thornton Councilmember - Ward 1

Council member Ward 1. Four year term. Vote for one.

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    Jacqueline "Jacque" Phillips

  • Shawn Reza

Biographical Information

How would you prioritize spending in light of increased or decreased revenues in your City?

What are two of your greatest concerns in your City over the next four years and how would you address them?

Describe your style of conflict resolution.

Background High school drop out/teenage mom. Worked my way through community college and eventually got a doctorate from UNC and a law degree from DU. More than 20 years of teaching K-12 math and special education. I was a professor at University of Hawaii and Adams State. I was an adjunct professor at UNC and UC-D. Interned at Disability Law, Colorado Juvenile Defenders and US Dept. of Ed. Currently, I have my own law office where we help children with disabilities get educational services and work to stop the school-to-prison pipeline. I am a fierce advocate for the underdog. I grew up in Chicago with my mom and 4 brothers. I was elected to Thornton City Council in 2015 and am running for re-election so I can continue my work, fighting for equal opportunity for South Thornton.
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Our spending is a reflection of who we are as a city and what we value. South Thornton is home to smart, hard-working people who do what’s right by their neighbors and our community. We value hard work and opportunity and that should be reflected in our budget. I would support revenues to help grow our local economy and small businesses to make it easier for hardworking people in South Thornton to not only have a job that pays living wages, but that also empowers people in South Thornton by making it easier to start their own small business and have a shot at the American Dream. We can make South Thornton the small business hub of our city.
My first concern is the new development of Mixed Use areas on the Washington corridor. Changing from Commercial to add housing must be an asset to our community and not an additional blight. I will work hard for development that enhances Ward One. My second concern is getting an ADA Compliance officer to identify the streets and sidewalks that must be fixed so our residents remain safe and the city is accessible to all.
My style of conflict resolution is first to find common ground and find collaborative solutions when tackling the big issues facing our city- but to also always stand with the voters in Ward One and not give up our values when fighting for what's right for the people of South Thornton.
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