I am running for Fort Collins City Council District l, representing northeast and northcentral Fort Collins. I live in District 1 with my husband, Wayne, and our two dachshunds, Campbell and Ernie. We have lived in the same house for the last 40 years, and love calling Fort Collins home. We enjoy picnics on the poudre and long walks along our many trails and natural areas.
Both of our children attended Poudre School District schools—Riffenburgh, Lesher and Fort Collins High School—and have gone on to enjoy very satisfying careers. Our daughter, Karlee, teaches 4th grade in PSD and our son, Marty, is a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service. They both attribute their success to the high-quality education they received as students in the Poudre School District. We also have two grandchildren whom we adore!
I earned my undergraduate degree from the University of California, Irvine, including a year of study in Spain at the University of Madrid. I proudly hold a master’s degree from Colorado State University and I enthusiastically support the Rams! I enjoyed a 34-year career as a classroom teacher—26 of those years teaching middle school in PSD. Since retiring, I have been elected to two consecutive terms as a Director on the Poudre School District Board of Education—the best volunteer job I could ever hope for! This has allowed me to stay connected to the world of education that I love so much. Working on a board involves diplomacy, collaboration, compromise, teamwork and the ability to listen to and attend to the unique needs of the stakeholders.
My work on the PSD School Board has prepared me to be a successful member of City Council by giving me valuable experience in governance and the opportunity to hone the specialized skills necessary to do this important work.
If elected, I promise to protect our quality of life, maintain safe, clean, livable and affordable neighborhoods for our residents, support the vitality of our business community, promote arts and culture, improve access to resources for seniors, and practice good stewardship of our natural areas and the Poudre River. Just as I have done on the Poudre School District Board of Education, I will be a strong voice as we work together to find innovative solutions to our city's most pressing issues. I pledge to work collaboratively for our community and keep Fort Collins great.
Fort Collins voters will elect their municipal leaders in an all mail-in ballot election ending Tuesday, April 2, 2019.