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Let's Build a Stronger Lakewood Together

Full of possibilities… This is Lakewood’s slogan. Since its incorporation, Lakewood has always been aspirational. We’re building an inclusive community. Even though, as we imagine what can be possible for our beloved city, we sometime find ourselves stuck with cross purposes. I’m running for Lakewood City Council because I believe that progressive ideals and bold actions will move Lakewood powerfully into the future.

I know that we won't always agree, but that's okay. When we engage our diverse perspectives, we distill these differences into common themes. We activate our collective wisdom and imagine together what Lakewood's bold future can be. As we recover from the many impacts of the pandemic, we must make certain that we all rise together. 

I'm running because I am committed to nurturing Lakewood's civic character and finding new ways for us to come together as friends and sometimes as strangers; but always, as neighbors. Let's continue the work of building our inclusive community together.

Growing our local economy is front-of-mind for me. While we recover from the effects of COVID-19, we can begin to imagine new ways to support economic development and smart growth that will support the future economy -- that we imagine together! We can imagine Lakewood's future workforce that brings vitality to our city -- while celebrating Lakewood's historic roots.

Can we envision new ways of thinking about affordable housing for this workforce that include pathways to home ownership; establishing a foundation on which generational wealth might be established?

I will work for progressive policies that are equitable and just. This is doing the work of building a truly inclusive community.  To this end I will speak truth to power, listen with humility, and lead with courage. Moreover, I will lead with integrity and transparency -- always calling it as I see it.

I am honored to have the endorsement of politically diverse friends such as Adrienne Hanagan and Brenda Bronson; credible community leaders such as Bill Furman and Joan Jacobson; progressive activists like Terry Tucker and Rob Eadie; and everyday people like Betty Butler and Lori Hladik. I hope to earn your support as well!

I'm running for Lakewood City Council because I think we can do better. It starts by listening and hearing one another as neighbors. I am interested in knowing what you think and how we might chart the course to the future together. Over the next months, I will hold listening circles to hear the collective voice of Lakewood. I will host several Civic Saturdays to create a new dialogue that strengthens our civic bonds. And I will conduct several community gatherings based on the Better Arguments model of respectful dialogue. 

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