Adam Paul, Candidate for mayor of Lakewood

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Profession: Small business owner, incumbent mayor

Neighborhood: Green Mountain

Contact: www.adampaulforlakewood.com and adamforlakewood@gmail.com

Why are you seeking this office?

I love Lakewood and want to give back to the City that’s given me so much. We live in a special place – one that combines a rich history and a strong foundation with a bright future. We must be inspired by both the past, and the future: When I think of what Lakewood can become, I think of an innovative, compassionate, and inclusive city where everyone has an opportunity to realize their dreams.

What makes you the best person for the job?

I grew up here, this community raised me, and taught me what matters in life. It’s not good enough just to be “from here,” you must also be “for here.” I have been honored to represent and stand up for my neighbors in many different roles for nearly 18 years. I bring a proven record and a unique perspective to our challenges and, more importantly, I know how to bring people together to solve problems.

What are your top three priorities if elected?

Public safety must remain a key priority, we must continue to give our police the tools, training, and personnel they need to keep us safe. Over the past four years, I have led the greatest expansion of land preservation in recent history, let’s continue to find new parkland and open space opportunities. Finally, we must find and create unique ways to address traffic and infrastructure issues as well as addressing affordable housing and homelessness.

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

One of the foundational rights we have as citizens is to petition the government. We hold this to be sacred and must always respect and protect that process. Residents had varying opinions on Question 200 and had strong feelings on both sides, creating a robust dialogue that ended with its passage in July. Question 200 is the law and we will do everything we can to implement, true to the voter’s intent.

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

As Mayor, I have worked hard to support and honor the different opinions on council. We will not always agree however it’s important that we work with each other and make sure we respect one another. Councilors are elected to represent their wards and it’s important to have their voices heard. We are all invested in the same great idea: building a special place to live, work, and raise a family.

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