Kyra DeGruy, candidate for Lakewood City Council Ward 1

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Profession: In-house Government Affairs at MSU Denver

Neighborhood: Eiber

Contact: www.kyraforlakewood.com; kedegruy@gmail.com

Why are you seeking this office?

I’m running for council to improve the health, sustainability, and inclusivity of our community. Through my work in public health policy, I developed expertise bringing folks together around complex issues. Now more than ever, we need leaders who know how to do deep stakeholder work before creating and implementing policies. I will bring people together to build a future in which our kids and grandkids have an even better quality of life than we have.

What makes you the best person for the job?

My experience working with patients with chronic illnesses gives me a unique perspective on city government. I understand how access to healthy food, affordable housing and transportation, clean air and water, parks in every neighborhood, and quality after-school programs are critical to the health of Lakewood families. By looking at our city’s challenges through a health care lens, we can make better policy to improve our quality of life and reduce health care costs.

What are your top three priorities if elected?

First, I’ll work to address barriers to health by eliminating food deserts, expanding safe routes to school, purchasing more parks, and improving public safety. Second, I’ll make sure Lakewood does our part to fight climate change by expanding our sustainability programs and alternative transportation infrastructure. Third, I’ll bring stakeholders together to keep our community inclusive for our aging population,

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

I understand the pressures people feel about growth, but I was also frustrated by the lack of stakeholder work done by the proponents in drafting the ordinance. The language theoretically allows affordable housing and senior housing to be developed in our city, and I intend to make sure that goal is realized. We must make sure that growth is happening in the right places such as the West Colfax corridor and near light rail stations.

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

Similar to how I treated patients in the clinic, we have to work to treat the roots of community issues rather than just the symptoms. I’m committed to bringing people together for deliberative processes before developing policies. I believe we all have a lot more in common than we think, and when we can make the table big enough for everyone to have a voice, we can find solutions together as a community.

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