Northglenn City Council makes pick for vacant seat

Council reaches consensus on Shannon Lukeman-Hiromasa for Ward 4 seat

Liam Adams
ladams@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 6/10/21

Shannon Lukeman-Hiromasa will be the next Ward 4 representative on Northglenn City Council, the council decided at a June 7 meeting. The council selected Lukeman-Hiromasa after nine finalist …

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Northglenn City Council makes pick for vacant seat

Council reaches consensus on Shannon Lukeman-Hiromasa for Ward 4 seat

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Shannon Lukeman-Hiromasa will be the next Ward 4 representative on Northglenn City Council, the council decided at a June 7 meeting.

The council selected Lukeman-Hiromasa after nine finalist interviews and a couple of rounds of voting. Council is expected to approve a formal resolution at a June 14 meeting appointing Lukeman-Hiromasa to fill the council seat until November.

“I am thankful and deeply honored with City Council's decision to appoint me as the Ward 4 Council representative. I believe in service through proactive and meaningful actions, and this is my chance to give back to my community in a more involved capacity,” Lukeman-Hiromasa said in an email after the meeting.

Councilors cited Lukeman-Hiromasa's background in entrepreneurship and her knowledgeability of the community as reasons for selecting her. Lukeman-Hiromasa is the CEO and co-owner of Colorado Krav Maga and a member of the city's community co-production policing advisory board.

The other eight finalists were Timothy Long, Mary Mondragon, Catherine Schyling, Andrew Dollard Thompson, Julie Schilz, Brian Waselko and Christopher Barrera. The Ward 4 seat opened after Councilman Antonio Esquibel announced he was resigning to move to Utah. His last council meeting was May 25.

Mondragon, Schyling and Thompson were also high on the council's list of finalists. Schyling, who is a member of Northglenn's homelessness task force, talked in detail about homelessness, its causes and ways to address it. Schyling said it's not just about providing resources to people experiencing homelessness, but “changing the narrative and educating the public about this issue.”

Mondragon, whose professional background is in finance, talked about bolstering businesses in the community, especially at the Northglenn Marketplace. “We have got a lot of empty spaces and what I would like to see for Northglenn is to get marketplace full of good businesses, attracting businesses that support seniors,” she said.

Meanwhile, Thompson said that one of his priorities is uniting the community after a year of isolation and political divisiveness over the COVID-19 pandemic. “I think one of the challenges that we're going to have is how are we going to bring the community back to where we were and even better than it was,” said Thompson, an attorney who owns a private practice.

Lukeman-Hiromasa touched on the importance of supporting lower-income families and young people and making the city more affordable to live for both groups. Ways to do that include allowing for a diversity of housing types and ensuring that people earn a livable wage, she said.

After interviews finished, councilors completed forms in which they gave scores to finalists' answers and the finalist overall. Lukeman-Hiromasa, Schyling and Mondragon received the highest scores in that first round. However, councilors were confused about the scoring process, so they re-did it and then further discussed their choices. Lukeman-Hiromasa's name kept coming up as a favorite.

Councilman Randall Peterson said, “I would make a motion for council to go with the mathematic number (of support) and appoint Shannon to fill the Ward 4 vacancy.” Mayor Meredith Leighty agreed and asked if the rest of the council did too. Every member of the council raised their hand.

After Lukeman-Hiromasa takes the oath, she will serve until November and then there will be an election for a two-year term for that seat.

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