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Q&A With Councilmember Downing

Get to Know Your Council Member

How Long Have You Lived in Northglenn?
We are original owners in Northglenn. Our home was the third one built on our block. We were so excited and would take pictures as the house was being built.
What Neighborhood/Area Do You Live In?
We are in the Wyco Park neighborhood, Ward 2.
What Do You Like Most About Northglenn?

We love Northglenn; it is difficult to pick what we like best. The people that live and work here care about each other. It is shown in so many ways, but the biggest one is volunteerism. We have great schools, although close to Denver we have succeeded in maintaining a small-town feeling. Our parks and trail systems are some of the best in the area. We have affordable quality brick homes and well-kept neighborhoods. And you can’t forget the wonderful events that draw people from all over the north area, such as Pirate Fest and July 4th.

What is Your Education and Career Experience?
I worked in the communication field for US West as a supervisor for many years.

Also, I attended Front Range Community College, receiving an associate's degree in art history. I then continued with my education at the University of Colorado - Boulder.
Tell Us About Your Family
I am married. We have six children and 14 grandchildren.
How Have You Gotten Involved in the Community?
Some of my volunteer activities include:
  • Northglenn Historic Preservation Commission, chair
  • Ralston House, board member
  • Adams County Cultural Council, chair
  • Meals On Wheels at the Senior Hub
  • Smart Commute Metro North, chair
  • RTD reminagine committee
Currently, I'm serving as a councilwoman in Ward 2. Previously, I served as mayor and mayor pro tem.
Why Did You Run for Office?

I always wanted to give back to the community I lived in, and after I took an early retirement an opportunity arose to serve on City Council.

What Community and Regional Issues Are You Most Interested in Addressing?
Now that we are in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, my focus has changed dramatically. First and foremost, community health and safety is my priority. Second, our businesses both small and large will need assistance to survive. Beyond that, we must continue to work with our partners to open the N Line commuter rail.