Dear Friends and Supporters,
I want to sincerely thank all of you who volunteered and donated to my campaign for Lakewood Mayor. I am truly humbled by the depth and breadth of support from every part of the community.
I also want to thank the over 20,000 Lakewood voters who supported me. I've met many of you, but mostly you voted for me because a friend or neighbor said I was the right person to lead our city, or maybe a mutual friend had my sign in their yard. Whatever your reason for voting for me, I want you to know that I took your support very seriously. And, I still do.
Now it's time to move forward. As a nurse, I know that after a traumatic event the body needs time to heal. Well, this election was traumatic in some ways, but the message sent to your leaders was unmistakable: No longer will Lakewood citizens be dictated to by City Hall. We want our voice to be not only heard, but listened to. Elected officials serve YOU, not the other way around.
I will be returning to the City Council later this month to complete the final two years of my term. As I told Mayor-elect Adam Paul in a recent e-mail: "I look forward to working constructively with you and the new City Council later this month."
My role will be to work with the new Mayor and the other Councilors to build consensus around the principles we fought for: a measured approach to development emphasizing quality construction that preserves our way of life and established neighborhoods, fiscal responsibility, enhanced public safety, and most importantly, integrity in city government.
I am encouraged by the composition of the new City Council. My good friend Pete Roybal was re-elected by a wide margin, and several of the new Councilors embraced our principles. I'm also hopeful that those in power take the right lesson from the outcome of this election - Lakewood citizens expect us to work together and solve the problems for the best interest of the people. I anticipate split votes that will now truly represent the differing views of the people. That is a good thing.
Finally, please join me to make Lakewood an even better place that works for you. Let's get to work!
Councilor, Ward 1