Jessica Sandgren

Thornton City Council Ward 2 candidate

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Adress: PO Box 651 Eastlake, CO 80614

Background: I am a Colorado native and grew up in Westminster. In 2003, I moved to Thornton where I live with my husband and our two daughters. Over the past ten years I have been teaching students in grades K-12, in and around Adams County. My husband and I have been volunteering in Thornton for many years and are both graduates of the Citizens Police Academy and part of its alumni. In 2015, I began serving on Thornton’s Development, Permits and Appeals Board and recently, I was appointed to the Board of Directors for Kids First Health Care. A few years ago I began partnering with both local and statewide addiction and overdose advocacy groups after watching my nephews struggle with heroin. Colorado has been hit hard with this epidemic and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. I will continue working alongside these groups to ensure Thornton has the resources and funds we need to support those dealing with this issue.

Best contact information for the public: 303 437-9418, jessica4ward2@gmail.com

www.JessicaSandgren.com

1.) Please describe your leadership style in three words.

Dedicated Community Servant

2.) Describe the skills and experience that make you the best candidate for the job.

As a mom, teacher and longtime resident of Thornton, I care deeply about the people living here and the future of our city. I am passionate about serving our community, which is why I have spent so much of my time volunteering for organizations that directly impact those who most need our help. As your next City Councilmember, I will continue working alongside others to find solutions and create opportunities that will keep our city going strong for years to come.

3.) Please list your top three priorities if elected.

My top priorities are growth, safety and housing.

4.) How do you see Thornton best taking advantage of the economic boom in Metropolitan Denver?

We are currently the sixth largest city in Colorado and more people are moving here each day. It is vital that we build lasting relationships and work alongside our community partners to ensure our city grows in a sustainable manner. Safety is a major concern and we need to make sure resources are available to those who need it most. Moving forward, I believe the door should always be open to considering a variety of options for future development.

5.) The City Council took a controversial step this summer, enacting stronger regulations on the oil and gas industry despite legal threats from the state. Was this the right thing to do or did the City Council go beyond its authority?

Oil and gas development in Thornton must be done under strong regulations that ensure our residents are protected. This is best accomplished by working in an open and engaging manner with experts at the state, in the oil and gas industry, and throughout our community. Unfortunately, this is not what occurred with these new regulations and Thornton is at risk for legal action. I’m afraid our city will now be forced into unnecessary legal costs and time, which will distract us from other critical goals like infrastructure, safety resources, and more parks. I would prefer to go back and work together with all stakeholders and try to find regulations that protect our residents while not putting the city at legal risk.

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