My name is Kim Brock. I’m running for City Council – District 1 because I want to be the representative voice of South Golden. I want to provide a voice for voters on the issues they care most about. I have no desire to advance any particular agenda but rather to represent our community. When we have difficulty agreeing on an issue, I would work to find a common-ground solution.
Golden has been my home for over 23 years and I have been active in the community the entire time. I started with Leadership Golden, then joined local organizations as a reading tutor, a big sister mentor, an election judge, and was then appointed to the Economic Development Commission in 2005, serving an extra year until 2010. I then moved to education advocacy with Shelton PTSA, and Golden Schools Foundation, where I support and develop programs to enhance our school communities. As a result of my work and efforts to support Golden neighborhood schools, I was nominated by several community members and received the 2018 Mayor’s Award for Excellence.
I’ve been both a renter and a homeowner in Golden. I started and raised my family here. All three of my children have attended Golden neighborhood schools and my two oldest graduated from GHS last May. I am invested in Golden because it is our home. As your representative, I would work to ensure the vision of Golden’s future is guided by listening to the voice of the community and identifying a set of shared values that we aspire to abide by over time.
As the population continues to grow in the Metro Area, Golden is facing increasing pressure to allow development. I’ve spoken with many citizens who feel excluded or ignored during the development process. Change and development are inevitable for any community. I believe we can protect our history, character, and community values from unthoughtful development and unchecked growth through increased citizen input. As a member of City Council, I would strive to make the development process transparent and fair by doing more to ensure the public is informed about pending projects, that they are given the opportunity to be heard, and that decisions reflect the values of our community. In addition, development and redevelopment need to be carefully planned to protect our environment, our history, and the character of our town in a sustainable way.
From tree lined neighborhoods, to deer and elk out our windows, to our distinctive vistas, our natural environment is something we hold dear. Citizens have made it clear to me that our open space must be preserved, protected and used appropriately by all. I would work to ensure our Comprehensive Plan defines open space, it’s uses, management and protection.
No one knows the future, but Golden Vision 2030 provides a framework for our aspirations and visions. As a city council member, I will make every effort to be the voice of our community and assure we follow this framework.
I would appreciate your vote.