I grew up in small towns in South Dakota and Nebraska, which is why my husband and I chose Golden when we moved to Colorado 12 years ago. It had a similar feel with much better views. We value our small-town charm. We love our engaged neighbors and the beautiful open space that provides easy access to enjoy nature.
I am running for District 1 City Council because Golden faces some important challenges, and I want to contribute to solving them while being an effective voice for the southern neighborhoods. You can read more about my position on key issues at www.jjtrout.com. I’ll use this article to address one of the lighthearted questions I get asked while door-knocking, “Are you old enough [experienced enough] to run for office?” I’ll let you decide.
Service is a core value for my family. My mother, father, and brother served in the military, and I serve through volunteering. After we moved to Golden, I became a victim advocate. When my pager beeped at 2:00 am, I went to the crime scene and worked with the victim to make sure their needs were met. I am trained to listen and speak on behalf of people who aren’t always heard.
My volunteer work extends deep into the community. I am on the Citizens Budget Advisory Committee. I chaired the Parks, Recreation and Museum Advisory Board and participated in the Mobility Hub and Investment Task Forces. I learned from Leadership Golden and the Public Works Citizen Academy. I know our city, its budget, and our issues. And through Golden United, I have experience bringing residents with diverse perspectives together to have tough conversations and collaborate on solutions that fit Golden’s specific needs.
My professional career took me to Children’s Hospital, where I researched well-being programs. I know the value of the built environment to make our children, growing senior population, and everyone safe and healthy. And as a 34-year-old (the median age of a Golden resident) who manages my retired parents’ finances, I understand the values and perspectives of Golden neighbors across the age spectrum.
I am currently the Director of Data and Technology at PeopleForBikes, a national nonprofit that focuses on making communities better through safe and convenient bike riding. I manage staff and a budget, prioritize resources, provide innovative technology solutions, lead strategic planning, stay current on professional trends, and keep my team accountable to goals. I love my professional work. It keeps me connected to community best practices across the country and affords me the flexible schedule I need to effectively represent District 1 on City Council.
Finally, I work well with people – members of Congress, state legislators, local businesses and nonprofit leaders, and my neighbors. I love partnering with others to make our lives better.
In small towns, every voice should be heard and represented. I promise to listen and make full use of my roots and experience to make our beautiful views even brighter. Please vote for me on November 5.