Joe Anderson: Candidate for Englewood City Council, District 3

Posted 10/15/19

Profession: Business owner (Oikos Coffee Roasting) and pastor Contact information: joe@joe­forenglewood.com; www.joeforenglewood.com Why are you seeking this office? In Englewood, we have a lot …

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Joe Anderson: Candidate for Englewood City Council, District 3

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Profession: Business owner (Oikos Coffee Roasting) and pastor

Contact information: joe@joe­forenglewood.com; www.joeforenglewood.com

Why are you seeking this office?

In Englewood, we have a lot going for us, but we’re facing challenges. Some of our underground pipes are literally crumbling, and our streets and alleys are in need of maintenance. I want to bring a collaborative approach to council to ensure Englewood has a strong future.

What makes you the best person for the job?

I brought the “Be a Tool” service day to Englewood and launched a collaborative approach to addressing homelessness called Change the Trend. In that process, I’ve developed good relationships across city government, businesses, and the faith community. I’ll continue to bring the city together to solve our long-term challenges.

If elected, what would your approach be to growth and development in the city?

No one wants to see properties sit vacant for years on end; we call that “urban blight.” We have to preserve the historic character of our neighborhoods. We need to attract new and growing businesses in our commercial areas that bring long-term revenue into the city. I am committed to helping residents, businesses, and city government work together to ensure that we have a thriving community for decades to come.

How can city officials, including members of council and staff, better work together to get positive things done for the city?

Good leadership starts with good relationships. We need civil conversation in council chambers. City council members should be expected to act in good faith toward fellow councilmembers, city staff, and citizens even when they disagree. Without that foundation of good relationships, our city grinds to a halt. Because of the work I’ve done in the community over the last four years, I’ll start on council with good relationships across the community and city government. I look forward to putting that relational capital to work to address Englewood’s long-term problems.

What else do you want voters to know about you and your approach to city governance?

I want to give my children a city with tall, green trees, vibrant businesses, and a thriving downtown. A city where neighbors know each other, care for each other, and work together. I’ve already been working toward this vision for years. That’s what I bring to city council.

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