Submitted by Mike Swalko.
Mike Swalko announces his candidacy for Lakewood City Council, Position 6 replacing Marie Barth who is retiring after eight years of distinguished and honorable service. As a retired Army Colonel with over 31 years on active duty, Mike knows a little about leadership and selfless service. During his Army career, he has proven his commitment to our Nation in various capacities and roles and now wants to direct this same level of commitment to Lakewood, his home of the past five years, by becoming your next City Council Member. Mike and his wife, Angelika of 39 years have two adult daughters, Nichole and Allison, along with a six-year-old rescued dog named Zady.
“Our city of Lakewood must continue to build on policies advancing both short- & long-term goals that embrace and support good family wage earning jobs while keeping taxes and fees in check. Lakewood has made great strides in the last few years in multiple areas impacting all of us from public safety to recreational areas. But Lakewood must continue this effort to ensure its vitality, viability, and livability…and we will. Our involvement with our community, business, military, other governmental entities, and neighborhood partners and stakeholders remain strong, but cannot be underestimated or taken for granted. We must continue to strive for excellence in all we do from managing the budget to communicating and listening to our citizens and stakeholders. How can we build that winning formula…through building trusting relationships with our citizens and stakeholders. Our policies therefore must undergo a thorough and rigorous review to ensure the cost to benefit ratio is not burdensome or inappropriate or unfair to the taxpayer. Such policies must consider job growth in a sustainable manner without compromising public safety, creating urban sprawl, inefficiencies, or impinging on our open spaces and neighborhoods. Let’s continue to work together towards a shared common goal of advancing successful policies thereby setting the conditions which promote and enhance the livability of Lakewood.”