Candidate for City Council of Woodland Park, Colorado
2024 Municipal Election
I would like to introduce myself as a candidate for Woodland Park City Council. If we have not had the opportunity to meet, I look forward to getting to know you and hearing the issues that are important to you for our City Council to address.
I was born, raised, and educated in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas and have been a resident of Colorado for 25 years, in Woodland Park for the four and one-half years since retirement.
I am a graduate of Southern Methodist University (BA in Criminal Justice), University of North Texas (Masters Degree in Education - Counseling and Student Services specialty), and University of Phoenix (Principal’s License). I’ve been a paralegal, a licensed mental health counselor (private practice and community mental health center), an Assistant Principal, Athletic Director, Activities Director in two of the largest school districts in Colorado, and finally, the Program Manager of a mental health drop-in center serving adults who are recovering from mental health and substance use disorders.
I have served on the Woodland Park Parks and Recreation Advisory Board for 4 years and as an election judge for several local elections. I have volunteered for downtown cleanup and have participated in the summer Farmers Market (in the crafts part).
I am running for Council because my heart is hurting as I have watched the divisions in our community widen over the past few years. I want to facilitate effective communication within City Council, as well as between City Council and community members. It is important to me that we strengthen our neighborly ties and begin to heal the divisiveness. We are neighbors first, even if we don’t agree all the time, and even if we have opposing political leanings. I grew up in the reddest State in the country and I don’t remember ever having a political problem with anyone in either Party! We all just took care of each other and respected our differences. That is one of my visions for Woodland Park; an overwhelming vision/mission, but we have to start somewhere.
I am not a politician. I am a citizen who cares about my community. I want to be of service to my community. I pledge to be a good steward of our resources: natural resources, financial resources, and human resources, with forethought and planning.
Important parts of me that I bring to the table include my honesty and integrity. I am a team-player and I am solution-oriented. We can work together to address the things that are important to our community. I will always give you my best and try to do the “right” thing for Woodland Park. Having good judgment requires a lot of listening to differing opinions, being open-minded, and following the City’s Charter, staff recommendations, and the law. We can find solutions, TOGETHER!
I would appreciate your vote on April 2nd, and I thank you for your support.