My name is Sarah Levison. I am running for Mayor of Longmont because I love this city where I have lived for 20 years and raised my children. I want to help make it the best place to work, live, learn and have fun.
Many of you may already know me from the eight years I have served you on city council. During those years, I was able to accomplish a lot because I listened to the community.
For example, I got the ice rink reopened after the previous council wrote it out of the budget.
I ended an unfair property tax that burdened homeowners in the Clover Basin neighborhood. In addition, I passed the city’s first oil and gas regulations and defended our charter amendment that banned fracking.
I promoted the city’s first Hackathon, an event which brought our high tech community together. The Tinkermill, our maker space and technology incubator was formed as a result.
What I am getting at here is that I have a unique ability to identify a need in our city and then apply what I know to bring innovative solutions forward.
While on council, I was constantly pushing myself to learn how to do a better job. My work ethic drives me to educate myself about issues I don’t know about. I research best practices and see how we can apply successful approaches from other cities to solve Longmont’s problems.
Right now, our city is facing some pretty challenging times. While we have seen a lot of development, many residents still can’t find a choice in housing that fits their budget. Neighborhoods feel they have no voice in the development process.
I have listened to your concerns about seeing so many homeless on street corners, camping along the greenway and in the parks. You have told me that you want a solution. While on council, I created a anti poverty program that has succeeded in lifting families out of poverty. I know that working together we can find a solution to homelessness just as we have to end poverty.
There are other quality of life issues that need to be addressed: crime such as graffiti, car break-ins and petty theft are eroding the safety we rely on in our neighborhoods. I pledge that working with residents and our great police department we will find a solution.
There are people who believe that there is a quick fix to the complex problems we face. What I can tell you from years of public service, solving the most difficult problems, takes time, creativity, and the effort of lots of people.
As your mayor, I will work every day to make your life better. This is a pledge you can depend on.
When casting your vote for mayor please vote for me Sarah Levison.