Three of seven of Golden’s representatives will be new faces sitting on city council next year.
With the changing of calendars, will also come the changing face of the Golden City Council.
“Our new city councilors are fresh off the …
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“Our new city councilors are fresh off the campaign trail and will come to council discussions with new ideas shaped by voters who shared their thoughts and concerns,” Mayor Marjorie Sloan said, when asked about the approaching shift.
The new city councilors are Robert Reed representing Ward 1, which is currently held by Marcia Claxton; Paul Haseman will represent Ward 2, which is currently Mayor Pro Tem Joe Behm’s seat; and Jim Dale will take over Pamela Gould’s seat representing Ward 3. They will be joining Mayor Marjorie Sloan, District 1 Councilor Saoirse Charis-Graves and District 2 Councilor Casey Brown. Incumbent Laura Weinberg will keep her seat representing Ward 4.
Gould decided not to run again this election and Dale ran unopposed for the seat. Behm and Claxton were term limited.
Reed, Haseman, Dale and Weinberg will be sworn in on Jan. 11 during Golden City Council’s first meeting of the new year. It has not been decided when Sloan will select the new mayor pro tem.
All of the new councilors have been active in the community for years in different capacities, Sloan said, so they won’t need down time as “council tackles issues related to change, transportation and investments in Golden’s future.”
Dale is the current chair of the city’s Citizens Budget Advisory Committee, and has served on the committee for 17 years. He also serves on the city’s Citizens Sustainability Advisory Board, and spent eight years on Golden’s Planning Commission. In addition, Dale serves on the Visitors Center Board.
“I would like to thank all the folks from across Golden for their outpouring of support for my candidacy,” Dale said. “It will be an honor to listen to and serve all Goldenites, particularly those in Ward 3.”
Haseman is also involved with the community in a number of ways. He is the current vice chairman of the city’s Citizens Budget Advisory Committee and serves on the Golden Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee. With the Rotary Club of Golden, he is on the Ethics in Business Committee and is chair of the Youth Services Committee. He is also on the planning committee for Golden United and the steering committee for Leadership Golden.
Haseman is looking forward to working with the other councilors and keeping Golden “a wonderful place to live,” he said.
Reed is a graduate of Golden High School and has served on the Golden Urban Renewal Authority (GURA) since 2014. He is now in his second term as chairperson of GURA.
This is the first time Reed has run for an elected office. He decided to run because he thinks serving on city council will be a good way to serve the community, he said.
On council, he is “looking forward to listening to constituents and keeping the small-town image that Golden has,” he said.
Both Reed and Haseman’s wards are in Charis-Graves’ district, and she is looking forward to working with them to best serve the residents of wards one and two, Charis-Graves said.
“I know they will bring both earnest desire and engaging levity,” she said. “With new people joining council, the community benefits from the freshness of the conversations each candidate has engaged in while campaigning. They’ve knocked on doors, listened to concerns and interests and have taken the pulse of the community.”
Weinberg, the only incumbent who ran this election cycle, will enter into her second four-year term.
“There’s a lot of interesting challenges ahead,” she said. “I wanted to be a part of that.”
Weinberg mentioned that she is especially looking forward to the city’s new Golden Investment Forum Task Force — a group of people appointed by council who will assist in investigating where additional capital investments should be made to best benefit the community.
“It’s such a steep learning curve during your first couple of years on council,” Weinberg said, but added that she expects a lot of new energy will come next year as the new councilors “get ramped up” in their new roles.
Brown believes one of the best things about the current city council is each person’s ability to work together and develop solutions to address each other’s questions and concerns.
“I’m sure all the current city councilors stand ready to offer assistance and advice to the new councilors to help them prepare and acclimate to life on council,” Brown said. “Based on my knowledge of the new councilors, I’m very confident that we’ll be able to continue our track record of working collaboratively and cohesively together.”
Golden City Manager Jason Slowinski is looking forward to getting to know each of the new councilors to better understand what each of their individual priorities might be, he said.
“Golden is very fortunate to have such caring, compassionate and dedicated elected leaders who want the very best for our community,” Slowinski said.
“With such caring and dedicated leadership at the elected level, the community of Golden wins.”
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