Ramey Johnson, Candidate for mayor of Lakewood

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Profession: Professional Master’s prepared Registered Nurse, City Council

Neighborhood: Holbrook Park

Contact: rameyjohnson.com and rameykjohnson@gmail.com

Why are you seeking this office?

As we close our 50-year city milestone, we are at a crossroads. Lakewood has an opportunity to awaken a bright new chapter where your voices will not only be sought but actually listened to. An era where you help to define a future of honest, open and true transparency. In the end we all want the same things, leadership that promotes healthy relationships and where residents have an equal seat at the table. Please join me to lead this new chapter together.

What makes you the best person for the job?

Life experience in a variety of leadership roles at both the state and city level along with service to the community in my chosen career as a nurse. Moved to Lakewood when I was 13, married 52 years, raising 3 grown children and caring for aging parents give me a sense of compassion, maturity and understanding of the consequences of what implementing a vote and how public policy really affects the people. Total commitment.

What are your top three priorities if elected?

- Re-store trust in our community and create healing.

- Public safety- promote a budget that reflects this priority. Council will have ongoing meetings with police department and court system to look at any informed and needed policy changes — this is considered best practices. Assure we are looking to the root cause of increased crime.

- Honest transparency. Council will receive unfiltered information and future neighborhood plans will be guaranteed that their visions WILL be reflected in tomorrow’s comprehensive plan.

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

The recently voted on Growth Initiative must be implemented based on the intent of voter expectation.

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

I am looking forward to working with our new city council and instilling a fresh culture change. A time of hope so residents will have no doubt that council is working to serve YOU. I will have individual meetings with councilors to better understand their neighborhood issues. As Mayor, my job is not only looking out for the city as a whole but to ensure I support each council member’s success in representing their ward. Councilor ideas will be based on merit and not on personality.

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