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Q&A With Council Member Peterson

Get to Know Your Council Member

How Long Have You Lived in Northglenn?
I was born and raised in Northglenn, and returned to live here in 2015.  So I have lived in Northglenn almost 20 years over my lifetime, and have lived here most recently over the past four years.  
What Neighborhood/Area Do You Live In?
Fox Run
What Do You Like Most About Northglenn?
Northglenn is unique amongst the Front Range because we live in a town and a community, more than a suburb; a hometown more than just a residence.  This is a place where residents know and value their town, and it is a town with character, history and a true sense of community.  This is a place to raise a family, live, thrive and retire.  This is a community where our residents are proud to be a part of Northglenn and to call it home.  
What is Your Education and Career Experience?
  • B.A. History.  Metropolitan State College of Denver, 1996.   Summa Cum Laude.  
  • M.A. Secondary Education, University of New Mexico, 2001.  James Madison Fellow for constitutional studies  
  • J.D. University of Denver, 2010
I have been a secondary social studies teacher for 16 years because I believe that the challenges and opportunities inherent in our democracy will be lost unless we instill that to the next generation.  I practiced law for four years in civil litigation and have worked in educational policy before returning to my passion of education.  I have taught the majority of my career in Adams 12, and even had the opportunity to teach at my alma matter, Northglenn High School.  Along with teaching high school in Mapleton Public Schools, I teach Business Law and American History at Front Range Community College.  My career experience has been based on empowering people to live their best lives.  
How Have You Gotten Involved in the Community?
Along with dedicating my career to the advancement of young people and their education, I have worked pro bono to give legal representation to underserved communities and veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who have suffered traumatic brain injuries as a result of their service and sacrifice to America.  
Why Did You Run for Office?
I believe that local government can be an example of great possibilities and what can be done without the gridlock and partisanship we see on the federal level.  I love and care about Northglenn and want to give back to this community that which I have been so fortunate to have received. 
What Community Issues Are You Most Interested in Addressing?
Business retention, growth, and development are issues that are ongoing and a high priority in order to be competitive with other locales.  Within our community, I care about ensuring opportunities for our seniors and our youth to ensure that they are fully at home in Northglenn.
What Regional Issues Are You Most Interested in Addressing?
Quality of life issues are at the heart of what our residents want and deserve.  These include transportation options and workable infrastructure, affordable housing, and recreation opportunities in a sustainable community that values open space and balances development with conservation and local sustainability.