Henry Hollender, candidate for Lakewood City Council Ward 3

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Retired civil engineer, and currently serves on Planning Commission

City: Lakewood

Contact: Henryforlakewood.com and henry@henryforlakewood.com

Why are you seeking this office?

I am running for City Council because I love living in Lakewood and care deeply about its future. I want Lakewood to remain a great place to live, not only now, but for our children and grandchildren.

What makes you the best person for the job?

I have the knowledge, experience, and commitment to be an effective leader on City Council from day one. I am a Professional Civil Engineer with over 45 years directly relevant experience both inside and outside of government on traffic, planning, and many other issues that come before Council. For the last 8 years, I have served on the Lakewood Planning Commission, including two years as its chair, and have in-depth knowledge of Lakewood’s zoning and land use issues.

What are your top three priorities if elected?

Responsible Development - We can move Lakewood forward in a way that protects our parks and neighborhoods and I will continue to make that a priority on City Council as I have on Planning Commission.

Traffic - I will continue to promote a safe and efficient transportation system that enables people to get to where they want to go, however they want to get there.

Sustainability - I will prioritize implementation of Lakewood’s forward-thinking Sustainability Plan.

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

The growth ordinance is not written in a way that can be directly inserted into existing codes. Council action is required to move the ordinance forward in a way that achieves some of the stated goals, such as reducing traffic and providing more affordable housing. City Council needs to move forward with these actions in a responsible manner that works for all its residents, not just those with the loudest voices.

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

I have been able to bring opposing sides together to achieve common goals my entire life. This is becoming increasingly difficult in today’s political environment where extremists tend to control the narrative and expertise is marginalized.

If the Council is to be successful, those with opposing viewpoints must be civil with each other. I will draw from my professional and life experiences to do everything I can to create an environment where that can happen.

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