LFP candidates Colberg and Thompson face each other for open seat

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Jason Colberg and Hilda Thompson are running for the Lake Forest Park City Council position now hold by Councilwoman Sandy Koppenol.

Here are introductory statements from the two candidates:

Jason Colberg
Jason Colberg

Bachelor of Science, Montana State University, Bozeman, Education (virtual education and distance learning)

Educator, entrepreneur and home-school dad. Lake Forest Park Presbyterian Church deacon and youth leader.

Good government balances stewardship, compassion and responsibility. Recently, Lake Forest Park residents have rejected the largest tax increase in city history and there has been a subsequent overhaul of city leadership and personnel. The budget is on track for the foreseeable future. Teamsters negotiations for union personnel contracts have just been completed and provide projected financial stability for the next four years.

Lake Forest Park is in a great spot!

As such, it is now important for City Council to focus on:

• Increasing the commercial revenue base (not taxes)
• Reducing traffic congestion/noise pollution
• Carefully revising the 2015 draft of the Comprehensive Plan
• Maintaining public safety and reducing the crime rate
• Improving government transparency by proactively seeking resident input.

I have the character, vision, leadership skills, knowledge, education and experience Lake Forest Park residents need from their City Council representatives. Please Vote for Jason Colberg! GovWatch Endorsed!

Email:  Jason@Colberg.com
Website: http://www.colberg.com/

Hilda Thomopson
Hilda Thompson

I was born, raised, and hope to stay here, but I am the exception. Few under 35 choose to do so. We aren't keeping up with the needs of tomorrow's families. I'll work for more mass transit, more green jobs, safer pedestrian trails and sidewalks to keep LFP a safe, environmentally vibrant community. I'll bring new ideas and a fresh voice we could use.

Local government isn't new to me: I've served as a LFP Community Services Commissioner, run a local campaign, and am active in our Rotary Club. A tutor of young children, I am especially interested in helping all our kids get the quality education and the resources they need to succeed.

I worked for a great woman: Sen. Patty Murray, who taught me the value of being involved in local politics. I have endorsements from current and past members of the LFP Council: Catherine Stanford, Don Fiene, Sandy Koppenol, Robert Lee, Roger Olstad, Ed Sterner, as well as the legislators I would work with: Rep. Jessyn Farrell, Rep. Gerry Pollett and Sen. David Frockt.

Email:   electhildathompson@gmail.com
Website:  http://hildathompson.com/


Anonymous,  August 28, 2013 at 9:55 AM  

So as I read the candidates' websites, Thompson is clearly for the Police Department while Colberg is muddy about it, stating: ~ teaming up to streamline the Lake Forest Park, Kenmore and Shoreline police administrations (so long as it does NOT reduce the quality and effectiveness currently provided by Lake Forest Park’s City police force at all);

So, is Colberg for keeping the Police Department or against it? His politician speak is making it difficult to understand.

Jason Colberg August 29, 2013 at 8:49 AM  

Greetings Anonymous!

I had also included this statement re: the LFP police department on my website:

June 23, 2013 - I have received some feedback in regard to the June 7th post below. Please allow me to be clear that in no way do I think that the police department is doing a bad job. On the contrary, I met with Police Chief Sutton just to introduce myself and touch base with him in regard to some basic LFP police department information and issues. Police Chief Sutton is a wonderful person, and based on my experiences and what I know so far, doing an exceptional job keeping our community safe. I did say this earlier on the On The Issues page within the first few hours/days of establishing this website - "Police have been doing an exceptional job of keeping the community safe, developing healthy relationships with children and maintaining a positive image." I am just addressing it here, again, to make it clear that I do FULLY support Police Chief Sutton and the Lake Forest Park police department, 100%.

Anonymous, it is important for City Council representatives to keep all options on the table (and be willing to say so publicly). In speaking with Police Chief Sutton, it is clear that if there were any interlocal deals put together with Shoreline or Kenmore (which should always be considered), the Lake Forest Park police department operations would be kept "in house" and we would be outsourcing to them (most likely Kenmore IF this were ever to happen). This is important for Lake Forest Park because it does allow our community to KEEP our police force if we do ever encounter any financial threats that would force the city to make any changes of this magnitude.

Thanks for visiting my website and commenting! I do hope to be able to earn your vote.

Jason Colberg

Educator, Community Leader
2013 Lake Forest Park City Council Candidate

Anonymous,  August 29, 2013 at 3:07 PM  

Has either candidate taken the time to do a "ride along" with the police department to see how things work or actually happen?

Jason Colberg August 29, 2013 at 11:14 PM  

Front seat, or back seat? :-)

No, I have not. Sounds fun though. Lake Forest Park isn't that big. I'd wonder how many of my friends we might encounter???

~ Jason

Anonymous,  September 5, 2013 at 8:02 PM  

Thompsom clearly has no concerns about spending the tax payers money wisely, and it does seem like that is a concern for Colberg. Colberg gets my vote. Randy Hayden

Anonymous,  September 19, 2013 at 9:09 PM  

I think the more pressing concern with Ms. Thompson is her lack of experience. She continues to stress that she will represent young people, but the job is to represent ALL LFP residents.

Has she ever paid property taxes? Has she ever held a private sector job? Has she put kids through our school systems?

It would be interesting to see Hilda read the post in this link and respond to it...



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