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Heidi Henkel Enters Ward 5 Race

March 25, 2019

Broomfield resident Heidi Henkel has entered the race for the Ward 5 Broomfield City Council seat.

The seat currently is held by Ward 5 Councilman David Beacom, who is not term limited. Beacom has not yet filed to run.

Council members are elected to four-year terms.

Henkel, who has lived in Broomfield since 2007, filed her candidate affidavit March 4. If elected, it will be her first public office.

“We just need sustainability in our city,” she said. “I can see the constraints of our house prices going up and people like teachers and people who are serving our city aren’t able to live within the Broomfield city limits.”

Henkel said she’d love to be involved with attracting more farm-to-table restaurants to the city and seeing fewer strip malls.

She also wants to continue fighting for health and safety and has spent hours at the Colorado State Capitol building trying to affect change regarding oil and gas laws on the state level.

“We understand that we have thousands of wells in the state of Colorado and that’s been our state history,” she said, “but at the same time, we know we’re in a climate emergency and things we need to change.”

In the past, council has “not been able to fulfill their oaths of office,” she said.

Henkel graduated from Colorado State University where she received her Bachelor of Biological Sciences with Secondary Teaching endorsement in General Science.

She said she wants to sees a need for more government transparency and ensuring residents feel comfortable. If elected, she wants to improve how residents communicate with government officials and how government shares those conversations with people seeking that information.

For example, “people want to know about the Interchange (oil and gas) pads as far as the complaints,” being filed through the city, she said. “The city has been pretty responsive, but we can always do better and do more real-time response. There are ways to do that with updated software.”

Henkel also founded an online group called Broomfield Moms Active Community, which she says serves the community’s most vulnerable populations. They post different ways that families can get involved in volunteer efforts and explore immigration issues.

Henkel, who has worked at Discovery Christian Church and as a teacher, currently is a self-employed independent communication contractor and volunteers as a tutor.

Jennifer Rios: 303-473-1361, riosj@broomfieldenterprise.com or Twitter.com/Jennifer_Rios