Steven Ward: Candidate Englewood City Council, at-large

Posted 10/15/19

Profession: Administrative, State of Colorado More information: wardforenglewood.com; wardforenglewood@gmail.com Why are you seeking this office? I am seeking office because I believe that I can …

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Steven Ward: Candidate Englewood City Council, at-large

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Profession: Administrative, State of Colorado

More information: wardforenglewood.com; wardforenglewood@gmail.com

Why are you seeking this office?

I am seeking office because I believe that I can provide thoughtful, respectful, and effective leadership to address and solve our city’s challenges. I am running to restore civility in Englewood and to provide a better understanding of why things happen the way they do to my fellow citizens.

What makes you the best person for the job?

In the next four years, council will make numerous decisions that affect Englewood’s future for decades. My experience on the Budget Advisory Committee along with my existing connections with my fellow community members and city staff make me uniquely positioned to make the best-informed decisions for our future.

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

Balance. Englewood cannot expect to thrive if we completely stop all growth and development. Some change is a sign of a healthy city. There is growth in and around Englewood because people want to live here. However, we’ve recently seen that growth can have an adverse effect on our citizens if we fail to recognize how changing neighborhoods can affect existing residents.

Growth should be guided by the city’s comprehensive plan. There was some controversy over the most recent comprehensive plan. Council should study, evaluate, and update the comprehensive plan to address the needs and desires of all community stakeholders.

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

Sadly, it is possible for one person to poison the whole body. I believe in communication before accusation. Some don’t. When something isn’t going well and expectations aren’t met, I believe it’s better for everyone to discuss the problem and search for answers rather than making assumptions and laying blame. We must also make efforts to recognize notable achievements such as securing grant funding or winning government achievement awards.

Staff cannot function effectively if they are always stuck watching their backs. By shifting focus from “gotcha” to “trust but verify,” we can all work better together for our common interests.

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

I serve on the Budget Advisory Committee. I believe in learning and understanding first. I believe in directness and honesty. I believe in leadership through service. I believe that we achieve the best results through communication, collaboration, and cooperation. We are all in this together. We must restore civility in Englewood.

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