Like many of you, I consider Golden my hometown. It isn’t because I was born here, but because it is the place that is home. I arrived in Golden with my family over 12 years ago and immediately felt welcomed into this family-friendly, beautiful city. My involvement in our community began with my neighborhood association, local schools, and the city’s Parks, Recreation & Museum Advisory Board. Involvement turned into leadership roles including being elected to City Council six years ago.
My service as Ward 4 City Councilor has been a wonderful experience and a great learning opportunity about our city as well as municipalities across Colorado and the country. I have learned that we have similar challenges, but that Golden has an amazing foundation other cities envy. We are strong financially and have well-maintained infrastructure, great public safety, quality water, an abundance of recreation opportunities, and a community of engaged residents, businesses, and volunteers.
I am running for mayor to build on that foundation over the next four years. I’m honored to have the endorsement of Mayor Marjorie Sloan, former Mayor Marv Kay, former City Manager Mike Bestor, and several current and former City Council members. They know our community, and they have put their faith in my ability to bring experienced and collaborative leadership to this office for the next 4 years.
Golden came together to envision our future with Vision 2030, and we have since set ambitious goals. Now is the time to review our strategy and identify the actions Council needs to take to make that vision a reality. There are new challenges too due to recent metro area growth and Golden cannot solve these problems alone. I have a proven record of working across the region and, as mayor, will continue to protect and promote our interests through strong partnerships and regional collaboration.
In my business systems analyst career, I learned the importance of change management and a continual improvement model for ongoing success. During my time on Council we have seen the completion of our first “Golden Plan” project with Linking Lookout and a major complete streets project with North Washington Avenue. We have addressed issues of parking, special events, creek management, zoning, and more. The work is never finished though because the city is always changing and we need to continually be monitoring our efforts.
Your service and participation have been essential to all of the city’s successes. The character and small- hometown feel of Golden are best defined by its people and the enduring values we set forth. I promise to continue investing our resources to preserve those values that define Golden.
I am asking for your vote this election. We have complex challenges in front of us and together we will work to respect Golden’s history, strengthen its present, and ensure a vibrant future for our special city. I look forward to meeting you and welcome your input at www.lauraforgolden.com , email@example.com, or 303.241.9823.