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Englewood City Council candidate: Laurett Barrentine, District 3

Posted 10/15/15

Laurett Barrentine served four years on the Englewood City Council and now is running to return to the council as the District 3 representative.

Barrentine is an accountant who received her education at Arapahoe Community College and Mansfield …

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Englewood City Council candidate: Laurett Barrentine, District 3

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Laurett Barrentine served four years on the Englewood City Council and now is running to return to the council as the District 3 representative.

Barrentine is an accountant who received her education at Arapahoe Community College and Mansfield Business College. She also attended the Organizational Leadership program at the University of Denver and did an internship at the Independence Institute.

In addition to her service on city council, she has been active on boards and committees in the community, including the Arapahoe County Childhood Network Board, the Englewood Liquor Licensing Authority, the Englewood School District Accountability Committee, Colorado State Board of Nursing and Colorado Medical Services Board, and she founded Englewood Citizens for Open Government.

Barrentine's father and sister had homes in Englewood for more than 10 years when she bought her home in the city more than 20 years ago. She and her sister raised their families just a few blocks apart.

Why do you want to serve on city council?

The city council is out of touch with the citizens. Losing our Englewood Fire Department, pushing high density, and selling off Depot Park are a few examples of how disconnected they are. The city council opposed every one of the citizen ballot issues that were overwhelmingly passed by the Englewood voters. It is time the citizens had real representation instead of opposition from their elected council.

What makes you the best person for the job?

As an accountant, homeowner, mother and concerned citizen, I've worked for our community on the local, county and state level, as a board member, volunteer, city council member, advocate and grassroots organizer for over 15 years. I know how government is supposed to work and how to get things done.

After founding the Englewood Citizens for Open Government I generated three citizen initiatives, overwhelmingly passed by Englewood voters in the last two elections, including the right to vote on the sale of park land. I know the issues, how to engage our community and get their voice heard.

What is the biggest issue facing your district or the city as a whole, and how will you approach that issue?

The important issues are the loss of our Englewood Fire Department, overspending, empty businesses, and a lack of leadership and direction. We need to stop selling off land to shore up our finances. We need a rational economic development plan, to protect our tax base, make growth pay for growth and provide not only for our safety but protect the culture and charm of our neighborhoods and our city.

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