My name is... Barbara Martin

Long time Lakewood resident, professor and former City Councilmember

Posted 5/22/19

About me My two kids graduated from Lakewood High School. This has been our home for 46 years. I've always seen Lakewood as a progressive city, and things just work out here. It's a good place. I …

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My name is... Barbara Martin

Long time Lakewood resident, professor and former City Councilmember

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About me

My two kids graduated from Lakewood High School. This has been our home for 46 years. I've always seen Lakewood as a progressive city, and things just work out here. It's a good place.

I grew up in Michigan, and I was always involved in community work, just like my father. I've worked at the Denver Federal Center, I've taught at Metropolitan State University of Denver and Red Rocks Community College and I worked as an editor for a national magazine.

Magazine moment

I can remember when my friend and I were sitting in a restaurant, and we saw a slip of paper with news about Lakewood. Union Square was just getting developed, and I remember saying that people could use more information about where they live. It was a growing area, and I wanted to inform people about their home in some way.

We started a magazine called Lakewood Magazine. We did it for four years, and we always had a special theme. It was a great experience for me. I had several women who wrote for me. We did restaurant reviews, history stories, features on businesses and stories about residents. It was something that I thought would be interesting to do, and it was probably my favorite job.

Advocating for women

As a young woman out of college, I saw a press release about joining the American Association of University Women. Our mission is to advocate for women's pay equity and education for women. Those are all things I worked with American Association of University members passing out pamphlets to inform people about the Equal Rights Amendment. We were even in parades to try to inform people about equal rights for women.

The American Association of University Women promoted women to run for office. In 1997, I decided to run for City Council. Linda Morton was mayor at the time, and she was my good friend. I wanted to be in office while she was mayor.

I ended up winning, and I represented Ward 1 on City Council until 2005. There were always things going on. I tried to go to any business openings, or any special events. When Homestead Golf Course opened, we got to hit the first golf balls. You get nervous thinking about if you whiff. There were good people on Lakewood City Council. We'd have retreats, we went to national conferences and found out what other people around the country were doing in their city. That was always eye opening to hear what they were doing.

I liked it, because I felt very involved, and I knew what was going on with the city.

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