Former CEO Briggs Garden Center & Flower Shop and Executive Director of the Colorado Greenhouse Growers Association, currently retired
Past elected offices:
Adams County Commissioner, Regional Transportation District – Director District J, Colorado State Representative – District 29 and Westminster City Council (twice)
Other leadership positions and community involvement:
A third-generation Coloradan, my family moved to Westminster area in 1943, a graduate of Westminster High School and Colorado State University with a Master’s Degree in Horticulture, the only one of my eight siblings to go to college. Since 1961, I have provided leadership to over 60 Westminster area organizations/committees including: Jaycees, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Clubs, Boy Scout Troop 324, Valley District BSA, United Way, Masonic Lodges, Presbyterian Church, Denver Regional Council of Governments, Urban Drainage, Open Space Advisory Board, Butterfly Pavilion when it opened in 1995, etc.
1) Why are you the most qualified person for this office?
Experience and vision are two things that separate me from the others. I would bring to the mayor’s position experience as an elected official for county, RTD and state governments – the mayor has to relate/work with all of those levels of government. The 60 volunteer boards taught me how to lead with a vision for Westminster; I have experienced the following: opening of the Denver-Boulder Turnpike in 1952, water debates in 1963, annexation wars of the 1970s, celebration of Westminster being 100 years old in 2011 – all of which relates to the vision for tomorrow. I have the passion and time to accomplish that task.
2) What is the most important issue facing Westminster and how will you address it?
Commuter rail PAST the 70th and Irving Westminster Station is that issue. In my opinion, a solution for commuter rail northwest line lies outside the RTD boundaries. RTD is only looking within their boundaries. I have the ability to lead that discussion so commuter rail will serve the other two Westminster rail stations: Westminster Downtown Center Station at 88th and Harlan (aka Westminster Mall site - passenger rail is required for that redevelopment) and Walnut Creek Station at Church Ranch and Highway 36 ASAP.
3) What do you think the city does well and where do you see room for improvement?
The Open Space and Parks properties within the city boundaries exceed over 35 percent of our land area combined with the 100 miles of trails are awesome. The city needs improvement in helping our Historic Downtown Arts District have better identification and support, we need to expand our community food production to help our residents maintain a healthy life style.
4) What is your favorite thing about living in Westminster?
Telling people why Westminster is the best kept secret in Colorado – we have the best water, police and fire protection, snowplowing, road system, Butterfly Pavilion, four great golf courses, history, arts, dog parks, open space/trails, parks, bike lanes, hotels, ice hockey, boating, recreation, mountain views, education, churches, businesses and great citizens.