Lakewood City Council Ward 2
Voters will elect one of City Council Members from the Ward they reside within the City of Lakewood. In addition to this Voter Guide, a 30minute video candidate forum is available to view on YOUTUBE at https://youtu.be/mATS2qM8Vfc
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What do you see as a current challenge for your Ward specifically and what action would you propose to overcome it?
With the passing of Lakewood Question 200 the City Council will be determining the number of allocations available for issuance for each year based on 1% of the number of estimated dwelling units as of Dec. 31st of the previous year as the equal point – while allowing for any additions of new dwellings, annexations and exempted projects – and subtractions – for any destroyed or abandoned dwellings and expired permits. How do you see this change affecting your Ward? And what plans, if any, do you have for its implementation?
In your opinion, what makes the City of Lakewood a ‘great place’ to live?
What challenges for your Ward, if any do you anticipate as the Lakewood 2025 Moving Forward Comprehensive Plan approaches its completion dates during your term?
As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the City of Lakewood, what is your vision for Lakewood’s future and more specifically for your Ward?
Prior to being elected to City Council in 2015, I was an active volunteer within Ward 2 and the City. I have lived in Lakewood for decades and have an Alternative Dispute Resolution degree from the University of Denver.
As the oldest area in Lakewood, many of the challenges are infrastructure-related. This includes taking care of North Dry Gulch which is impacting businesses that are within the floodplain. Sidewalks connections and lighting need to be completed. I have actively worked with bringing these items up in Council and want to continue working these items.
Voters passed 200 and Council has worked through many of the items for implementation. We need to further define how the permitting process works and how do we work to ensure that workforce housing, and another housing stock is taken care of.
Lakewood is a very diverse community. That is why people want to continue living here and many new families are moving in. Even though we need to improve the open space/park situation in Ward 2 that is one of the reasons that folks enjoy living in Lakewood.
With the many changes that are coming, we need to make sure that folks have input into the process. It is extremely important that folks understand the implications of what will be in the new plan. It is my hope that people in Ward 2 will make their voices heard as the updated plan moves forward.
Lakewood is a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family. My vision for the Ward is to increase equity in many different areas. Parks and open space needs to be distributed in the older sections of Lakewood. As families move in I hope that they become involved in our local school system. Businesses such as Sprouts have improved the area and business revitalization is starting to occur. The statewide recognition of 40 West Arts should be a source of pride for all of Lakewood. We need to move forward in a thoughtful way that honors our citizens while providing additional opportunities and amenities for those in the Ward.
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