Updated: Dec 27, 2020
As many of you are probably aware, one of the most important (if not the most important) components of running a local campaign is reaching out to community members, especially folks living in your district. Having made a lot of truly delightful phone calls in the past month or so, the question of why I am running for City Council is generally among the first I hear, so here you go. This isn't so much my platform, which is already laid out on the site, but more the story of how and why I got to the point of running for an elected office in the city.
Although I attended college at CSU in the late 1990's and early 2000's, graduate school and professional transitions took me away from Fort Collins for over a decade, with many moves along the way. When my family finally made the decision to return to the city in 2015, I felt unmoored. It was a quick change and a big one, and I subsequently spent many months actively searching for "my place." Eventually, I stumbled upon a book that was the reset I needed. It really encouraged me to commit to Fort Collins as my long-term home, not just in the sense of it being my geographical location, but also a place where I could grow true roots and establish myself as an active, invested citizen. If you are in the process of settling into a new location or are just in search of ways to add meaning to your relationship with your town, I highly recommend reading This is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live, by Melody Warnick. It was this book that encouraged me to start walking my neighborhood, expanding the web of local businesses I patronized, actively engaging with my city leaders, and taking Fort Collins' City Works 101 class (which everybody should apply for--it is life changing).
Over the past five and a half years, I have grown so much as a Fort Collins-ite. I love this city. I love my neighborhood in west FoCo and my "tribe" of supportive neighbors. I love discovering new and exciting opportunities in and around the area every day (when it is not COVID times, at least). I love that my children are going to attend Poudre School District from kindergarten through graduation and that they will always consider this to be their hometown. I love that my parents and in-laws live just a few minutes away. With this City Council opportunity, I am overjoyed that I might be afforded the chance to be an even more active participant in shaping Fort Collins' current level of wellbeing and its future direction.
In short, this is where I belong. As always, thanks to all of you for being such an important part of this journey.