I am running for Commerce City-City Council Ward 2. I am a native of Commerce City and have lived in Commerce City my entire life. I am a Family Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nurse and I work for the State of Colorado, Dept. of Regulatory Agencies. I am running for Commerce City- City Council Ward 2 to ensure the residents and employees of Commerce City have a healthy environment, ensure our students receive a quality education and to ensure their is affordable housing for our residents and especially our seniors. I want to harness the growth to improve a quality of life for all Commerce City residents. I am ready to serve, I am Commerce City Made and Commerce City Proud.
I would prioritize spending in light of increased or decreased revenues in Commerce City, by having pay increases for those working in Commerce City and city improvements. I would communicate with the City Manager and city council to ensure we are focusing on the correct revenues and ensure it is what's best for the residents and employees of Commerce City.
Two of my greatest concerns in Commerce City that I will focus on in the next four years is ensuring that our residents and employees have a healthy environment. We are affected by so many environmental concerns in Commerce City, so I want to ensure or air, water, and our environment are protected. I will address this by first interacting with the residents of Commerce City and being a voice for them. I will work with the City Council and City Manager to ensure rules and regulations are followed to protect the air, water and environment. I will also work with other agencies such a Conservation Colorado, and other environmental groups. My next greatest concern is ensuring that every student in Commerce City receives a quality education no matter what part of Commerce City they live in. I will work with the school boards in both districts to ensure our students are receiving a quality education for a life time.
My style of conflict resolution is to try to approach the conflict myself and attempt to get it resolved on my own by being open and honest. If that does not work I follow the chain of command or may seek guidance from a mediator who is non biased.
As a life-long resident, I have deep roots in our community. My family has lived in Commerce City for 3 generations. My husband’s family has been here for 4 generations and has had a long-time business in the city – Younger Brothers Lumber Company.
As a reporter for almost 30 years, I’ve reported on all city councils in the metro north area, including 11 years in Commerce City. I’ve had to read and formulate questions on the same information council members received and sat through countless hours as councils had to tackle some of the most difficult issues for their cities. The only difference was, I couldn’t vote on the issues.
As editor of the Commerce City Sentinel-Express newspaper, I was not only living here, but reporting on key issues of the city like the clean-up of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal, the building of the Jean Klein water treatment plant, and the formation of the “New Lands” aka “The Northern Range” aka “North Commerce City.” I also reported on the opening of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge and the demolition of the Mile High Greyhound Park.
Over the years, I have built positive relationships with cities, residents and business owners to gain their unique perspective on issues. City governments have valued my input on community matters over the years. In 2007, I accompanied City Council, through its new Youth in Government program, to the National League of Cities in Washington, D.C. In 2012, I represented the city of Westminster, Colorado, as the lone envoy to the Lord Mayor’s office in Westminster, England.
I have devoted 27 years of volunteering in different capacities in Adams 14 schools; was a member of the Commerce City Code Enforcement Committee; Commerce City Police Department’s Vision and Value Committee; member of the Commerce City Business and Professional Association; honored by the Commerce City Housing Authority; and, am a charter member of the Commerce City Historical Society, which I served 5 years on the board of directors. I helped open Commerce City’s first museum, worked with History Colorado for an architectural survey of Derby, and helped create the Historic Preservation Plan for the city. I am now working with the Commerce City Chamber of Commerce in bringing local businesses together. For the past seven years, my husband and I have also led Thrive Kitchen, a free weekly community dinner for low-income families.
I believe, it’s hard to know where you are going if you don’t know where you came from. That includes a community. I can bring that knowledge to the council, not only as a resident, but through my professional and volunteer work.
No matter if we have an increase or decrease in revenues in the city, I believe our top funding priorities for the city are public safety and roads. We have to ensure the safety of our residents as well as their mobility around our city.
My two greatest concerns are 1) Our roads and transportation system – not just the mobility issues between the north and south parts of our city, but widening roads, railroad crossing issues, and the maintenance of our roads. I believe we need to work with RTD in creating a local bus route between the two areas and slow down traffic on our main arterial roads, especially when our children go to and from school. I would like to see flashing crosswalks, traffic lights and police patrol. 2) The public health and safety of our residents dealing with the issues of a growing homeless population. We need more transparency with our residents about what the city can do concerning these issues, enforce the laws, and come up with creative solutions. I would like to see a police department division devoted to this issue, neighborhood watches and an education program to teach our city workers and residents how to safely dispose of items left in our parks and on private property.
I don’t have just one style of conflict resolution. Since there are different forms of conflict, there are also different types of conflict resolution. Where one situation may allow for a compromise, another may be better resolved with a collaborative approach. There are also times when you need to just take a stand on an issue.