Suzanne Brundage

Thornton City Council Ward 4 candidate

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Background: I have lived in Thornton since 1994 and am a proud graduate of Horizon High School. I have a Bachelors in Human Services and Sociology, as well as a Masters in Social Work. I now practice as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, currently working in hospice care. I also have experience working in mental health, domestic violence, school social work, and the medical field.

Best contact information for the public: 720-231-9205, suziebrundage@gmail.com

www.suziebrundage.com

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

1). Collaborative 2). Compassionate 3). Responsive

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

As a long-time resident of Thornton, I know the community intimately. This is my home; I grew up here, and I’ve chosen to raise my family here. Because of my long history with the community, I know it’s strengths, as well as the areas where there are room for improvement. I will use this knowledge the strengthen our community.As a social worker, I am a trained communicator. I am trained in active listening and know how to really listen and understand what someone is saying. Through listening, I am able to learn different points of view, as well as learn more about the needs of the community. I value the opinion and experiences of others and will actively seek out the opinions and needs of the community. Further, as a social worker with over 10 years’ experience, I also understand how governmental policies affect individuals and communities, and I will use that knowledge on council to advocate for our community.

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

1). Working towards a solution for the affordable housing crisis2). Thoughtful and balanced development3). Ensuring safe and clean neighborhoods

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

Thornton has the potential to be a city in which residents can live, work, and play. Currently, many residents live in Thornton, but drive to Denver or Boulder for work. Thornton should focus on attracting local jobs that can’t be outsourced or lost.

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?

The recent decision by the current City Council was a good first step towards protecting the health and safety of the residents of Thornton. Everyone deserves to feel safe in their home, and everyone deserves access to clean air and clean water. The first priority of every elected official is protecting the welfare of the people they represent, and the recent Martinez ruling allows elected officials to prioritize their community’s health and safety. As such, I agree with the current Council’s vote to pass these stronger regulations.

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