"I'm your hometown Longmont native running for City Council because I believe we need to put policies that affect our city above partisan politics!"
There will be something for everyone and everything for no one. All voices and opinions deserve a chance to be heard. Positions from one side of the political spectrum are not all wrong and certainly not all right. There has to be room for all sides to be respected and one side should not totally dominate.
Those in position to decide policy are stewards, not dictators. Leaders still lead all and ought not to blindly advance one agenda to the complete disregard of the other. There will be many instances when the best ideas come from the least likely places and ought to be carefully considered.
“Some For All, All For None!”
WHERE I STAND
Residential development & open space
Check out the master open space plan map, below. The highlighted pink is Boulder County owned open-space. Shocking! Boulder County has almost land-locked Longmont. There is an open-space wall being built around the city. Our ability to expand is seriously limited. This creates huge issues for building affordable housing as well as housing in general by escalating costs because space is valuable and limited. People & families who can’t afford a half million dollar houses still need to be able to live here. We have to incentivize developers in a reasonable way while allowing them to provide the housing we so desperately need. Excessive open-space will actually lead to urban sprawl & more cars on the road because biking & walking won’t be viable.
Renewable/sustainable energy & environmental issues
I was born and raised in Longmont! I’ve lived and worked here my entire life except for a few years in my twenties, Longmont has always been home. I’ve watched it grow and change. I’ve traveled the world and can proudly say Longmont is uniquely wonderful!
I’m a 28 year driver for UPS & I know every part of this city. I’ve had the same route for 22 years and have interacted with downtown business owners, and know well their successes, concerns and struggles. I’m currently in my 21st year as a union steward for Teamsters Local 455 and officiated high school and college basketball for 20 years all over Colorado, primarily along the entire front range. All this has given me years of valuable experience and insight in tough situations and has allowed me to develop my positions from a broad range of situations.
I’m a 1982 graduate of Longmont High School. I’m married with seven adult children; two biological, two stepchildren and three adopted from Ukraine and four grandchildren.
Like most, life has been messy and difficult at times, but it’s mine! I enjoy time with my wife and am active in my church, frequently leading singing. I also enjoy hiking, learning to play guitar, language studies, cycling, walking and can take sitting on the couch to levels that have yet to be explored.