Barb Franks, candidate for Lakewood City Council Ward 4


Profession: IT Project Manager

Neighborhood: Hutchinson Green Mountain Village

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Why are you seeking this office?

The driving force that propelled me into office in 2015 and which drives my candidacy today is a deep commitment to representing the interests and desires of our community. I am a true independent with a voting record to prove it and no higher political office aspirations. My sole focus the past four years and across the next four years will be standing up for all that makes Lakewood a unique and desirable place live and work.

What makes you the best person for the job?

I have been working hard for Ward 4 for years and I am up to speed on the pressing issues our city faces. Before being elected to City Council, I worked alongside my neighbors on issues affecting the Green Mountain area, attended ward meetings, and closely followed and spoke out on important issues that came before council. I believe that long history shows a commitment to this ward and sets me apart in this race.

What are your top three priorities if elected?

Crime prevention and community safety are priority one. We need to build on the successes we have had in deploying programs to address criminal activity. Continue to reform city rules to ensure they are compatible with our community values; proactively identifying and managing the impacts of growth on our financial and environmental resources and infrastructure. Leverage the newly formed Housing Commission to address complex housing-related issues and questions.

How should the city implement the citizen-approved growth ordinance?

First and foremost, the will of the voters must be protected. The implementation process is largely governed by the ordinance itself, which includes the authority for council to adopt rules necessary for administration. Lessons learned during the first year will provide valuable insight into whether or not additional rules are needed to support the effective implementation of the ordinance in subsequent years.

How much do you foresee yourself working with the other members of council?

I have great working relationships with the entire council and have worked with each to pass important legislation. Being able to work collaboratively is vital to being an effective councilor. The amount of time spent working together depends on what is before us. Ultimately, I invest as much time as it takes to fully understand the matter and respectfully discuss the differing perspectives, in order to produce high quality legislative outcomes.


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