Monica Johnson: Candidate for Englewood City Council, District 1

Posted 10/15/19

Profession: Education Campaign website/contact information: monica@johnsonforenglewood.org; johnsonforenglewood.org Why are you seeking this office? Englewood is my home and I am committed to the …

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Monica Johnson: Candidate for Englewood City Council, District 1

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Profession: Education

Campaign website/contact information: monica@johnsonforenglewood.org; johnsonforenglewood.org

Why are you seeking this office?

Englewood is my home and I am committed to the people of this community. Our town has survived a recession followed by unprecedented growth. It is my mission to achieve sustainability and economic viability through thoughtful planning and rational compromise. Englewood can retain its charming atmosphere while redeveloping old housing stock and business corridors.

What makes you the best person for the job?

Englewood is a town full of hard-working people and they deserve leadership that works just as hard. I will visit sites of concern, meet with all constituents, and work tirelessly to find practical and forward-thinking solutions to the challenges that face our community.

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

Our city has some unique assets that also present challenges. We have many charming neighborhoods, but the housing stock is aging and the water and sewer infrastructure beneath them cannot handle the current load of runoff created by such a densely populated and developed city. I support revisiting building codes that will limit the bulk plane on residential redevelopment projects. Another area of opportunity is the Broadway business corridor and city center. District 1 is home to some of best commercial real estate and retail opportunities in Englewood. Promoting local businesses and investing in walkability and safety are key.

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

The process of making critical time-sensitive decisions is often hampered by the contentious nature of the council itself. Our city staff works tirelessly to provide the council with the information they need to guide policy. The council owes it to the citizens to thoroughly review the research and recommendations that the staff puts forth. It is also critical for council members to view the facts through the lens of all constituents. We have some hard truths to face in Englewood. The city council has to guide the process of making major investments for the future of the city while considering the needs of current residents.

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

I want voters to know that I am an optimist! I know that my communication skills and temperament will be a valued asset on a council that can be extremely adversarial at times. I firmly believe that our city council is in need of new voices from honest brokers.

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