Dana Gutwein, candidate for Lakewood City Council Ward 5

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Profession: Former Field Engineer, Lakewood Mom, incumbent Councilwoman

Neighborhood: Southern Gables Neighborhood

Contact: www.danagutwein.com and danaforlakewood@gmail.com

Why are you seeking this office?

As a mother with two young kids, I was concerned about our collective future. I decided to help by starting the Sustainable Neighborhoods Program in my neighborhood. Our success starting a community garden and more motivated me to run for city council. Together, we won, and I’ve worked hard to get results for our community ever since. I am running to ensure everyone has opportunities for a good life, today and tomorrow.

What makes you the best person for the job?

A former field engineer, Lakewood mom and councilwoman, I’m running for re-election to ensure everyone in Lakewood has the opportunity to succeed and earn a good life, today and tomorrow. I share your values of preserving what we love about Lakewood. I’ve faced the same challenges as families all across Lakewood. I work hard and deliver results. Together we protected 60 new acres of open space, expanded our police force, addressed youth vaping, and more.

What are your top three priorities if elected?

Growth: We must preserve what we love about Lakewood during this growth period. This includes open spaces, affordability and quality of life. Open Spaces, Clean Air and Water: I advocated for purchase of the Taylor property and champion progress toward our clean air and clean water goals. Public Safety: I support adding agents to our force, and innovative crime prevention like our Community Action Team, Hotel/Motel License and regional anti car-theft efforts.

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

We must fully implement the measure passed by voters. Let’s hold developers accountable to our community vision. New projects should match neighborhood character, be right-sized, and high quality. Let’s continue the community’s vision for revitalizing blighted areas. Parks, public safety, and infrastructure are critical to quality of life but not addressed by the ordinance. I advocated to increase investment in these areas without raising taxes.

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

I’ve learned valuable lessons working with council colleagues. We represent different perspectives and challenge each other. I will always treat my colleagues with respect, I will always listen to different perspectives, and I will stand up for our communities’ values, no matter how unpopular it may be with other members of council. At the end of the day, we share a common goal: great outcomes for the people of Lakewood.

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