Phyllis Musk

Northglenn City Council Ward 4 candidate

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Address: 403 Brigitte Dr.

Best contact information for the public: 303-905-4775, phyllismusk@gmail.com

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

Vision, Passion, and Confidence.

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

Skills that make me the best candidate for City Council is relationships. Relationship is at the heart of every job and role I have ever had. In order to have those relationships, you must have communication skills. My job relies on it; I teach at Northglenn High School and communicate with people having different interests and priorities. On a daily basis I do my homework, plan, and know the topic well enough to deliver the message. I present the information that is easy to understand, listening to questions asked and suggestions, give feedback, and assess the outcomes.I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Metropolitan State University of Denver, and a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Colorado Denver. I can interpret and analyze data, appreciate the power of numbers, and understand budgets and usage of funds. I have owned a small business. I hired, fired, trained, managed employees, repaired building fixtures, and tended to security. Balanced the books, paid fees, taxes, and employees, generated business, adjusted strategies, satisfied customers and vendors, and experienced successes and failures. I understand the challenges of running a business and getting things accomplished while being a smaller entity.

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

One of my top priorities is to attract businesses into our city that will remain here, succeed financially, and provide employment for our citizens. Also, I envision venues which generate social gatherings and a vibrant environment with community involvement. Innovative ventures in the technology industry and general startups would be embraced and encouraged. I want to pursue a big-name company to anchor our financial area and attract other businesses. Reducing crime would be a priority. Safety is a necessity. Crime affects the individuals in the neighborhood and our guests, the schools and students, and local businesses. Using the expertise of our law enforcement, having neighborhood involvement, and including the schools in finding solutions to curbing crime is a must. We need to have communication between citizens and the police department to find solutions that are attainable and satisfying for both parties. Businesses and potential homeowners shy away from a community when there is too much crime or even an appearance of it.Aesthetic improvements to Northglenn south of 104th would be another priority of mine. There are positive changes currently happening and I would like to see more. There needs to be asphalt replacement and refurbishments, drainage solutions, and additional bicycle and pedestrian paths addressed. The southern section of Northglenn should feel and look safe and inviting.

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

I see Northglenn taking advantage of the economic boom by providing more affordable and attractive home options. Northglenn is conveniently located next to I-25. Situated next to the highway provides for easy and quick access to the Metropolitan Denver area as well as Boulder. Light rail is soon coming to Northglenn and will produce a welcome addition of non-congestive traffic to our city. Denver Metropolitan’s economic boom has led to substantial increases in their home values. We too are experiencing the rise in home prices, but not to the extent of some of our neighboring cities, which makes us more enticing. Also, we have a variety of well-built homes, larger yards, and many in demand ranch style houses which are desirable features for many home buyers. In addition, we have that quaint beautiful neighborhood feel which is appealing.

5.) What is the city’s role in encouraging the development of quality housing that is available for affordable costs?

The city’s role in encouraging the development of quality housing available at affordable costs is necessary to the city’s success in retaining quality employees. Existence of the homes are important, having well paying, dependable, and permanent jobs are crucial. Having financially stable citizens leads to economic growth. Light rail’s existence and housing located near the rail station provides an opportunity to create affordable living without the burden of huge transportation costs.

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