Linda Olson’s passion to promote citizen involvement in the community was one reason she decided to run for the District 2 city council seat. Olson …
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Linda Olson’s passion to promote citizen involvement in the
community was one reason she decided to run for the District 2 city
Olson has been a volunteer serving on the Keep Englewood
Beautiful committee for about eight years and is running for the
council to get more involved and try to urge more people to be
involved in the community.
“I believe I can bring a lot to the council,” she said. “I know
I am a collaborative leader who can bring people together to
formulate a solution to a problem. I believe in hearing the voices
of the people and using the information gathered to develop
solutions through new and creative approaches to the issue.”
Minnesota native Olson earned her bachelor’s degree at the
University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in parks
administration from the same school. She earned her Ph.D. in human
communications from the University of Denver.
She is a professor and department director for the community
engagement leadership program at the University of Denver.
Olson, her husband and three children have lived in Englewood
Olson acknowledged that, like everyone else, she perceives
finance as the largest problem facing the city in the near future.
She said after the briefing and tour of the city-owned property
near the McLellan Reservoir that the land presents a great
potential source of revenue and getting that property leased is
critical to the city’s future.
She said people are the greatest asset and feels she has the
energy to help people see the value of community involvement.
“That is the courses I teach at DU,” she said. “Now, I want to
practice what I teach.”
Olson said she has attended city council meetings and she
believes some procedural changes would help encourage residents to
voice opinions on issues facing the city.
“Now, the residents speaks and, later in the meeting, council
members can respond to the comments,” Olson said. “I feel there
should be more of a discussion between the people and the council,
provided the discussion doesn’t take an excessive amount of
She also would like to see better communications between the
residents and the city.
“National Night Out is great but it is only once a year,” she
said. “I would like for the city and the council to encourage
frequent neighborhood gathering like are held on National Night
Out. I also would like to see a wide use of technology such as the
Internet and Facebook to provide a well-used channel of
communication with residents.”
She added that her focus will be to help Englewood be a stable,
livable, sustainable community for all its people.
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