2017 Council Candidate - Ward 4

  Janifer "Jan" Kulmann

    Occupation: Engineer

    Previous Elected OfficesCity of Thornton, Ward 4 Councilmember

    Other Leadership Positions and Community Involvement: City of Thornton: Rocky Flats Stewardship Council,
    North I-25 Coalition, E-470 Public Highway Authority Board of Directors (Alternate), Board of Directors, Brighton 27J
    School District Capital Facilities Fee Foundation (Previous Member), Rangeview Library District (Previous Liaison), Engaged in Colorado Municipal League, National League of Cities, and federal lobbying activities. Stargate School, Thornton, CO: President, Governance Board of Directors (2012 to Present), Parent Chair, Accountability Committee (2011-2012 School Year), Volunteer, Classroom Support (2011 to present). Society of Women Engineers: Volunteer Judge, collegiate scholarship applications (2007 to present), Volunteer Judge, 6th grade essay contests (2007 to present), Volunteer Judge, Product, Research, Design, & Engineering Awards – PRDE (2010 to present). North Area Rush Soccer, Thornton, CO: Volunteer Coach, Under 4 age group (2011-2012). Denver Business Journal Awards: 2017 & 2016 Denver Business Journal Finalist "Outstanding Women in Business", 2016 Denver Business Journal Award "Top Women in Energy."

Why are you the most qualified person for this office?

I am your Ward 4 Councilmember, a licensed professional engineer with more than 18 years of experience in the energy and utility industries, the President of a Thornton Charter School, the Mom of 2 amazing kids, and the wife of a very supportive husband. I've used my technical skills in construction and safety to help the City and Council address the needs of meeting incredible growth after a hard recession. I believe my expertise is critical to keeping Thornton on track.

What is the most important issue facing Thornton and how would you propose addressing it?

Growth and infrastructure, both tied together, are the top issues. While the issues are city-wide, each Ward has unique pieces that affect them. Keeping up with road infrastructure as we grow is important for ensuring that residents can get where they need to go efficiently. My experience provides unique insight into these important issues and several road expansion projects have been accelerated to meet the growing demand. I plan to improve this effort as well as work with RTD to ensure the City is prepared.

What do you think the city does well and where do you see room for improvement?

We've already focused on the safety of our residents by approving the addition of more than 50 police officers, approving public safety projects, and working city-wide to maintain older areas of Thornton while encouraging growth throughout the City. The Council and staff will need to ensure that traffic and infrastructure keeps pace with the City's growth so that our residents have the ability to enjoy our area. 

What is your favorite thing about living in Thornton?

I really enjoy how the residents of the City are engaged in the process of finding ways to improve the City. I’ve personally experienced that passion in my regular conversations with Ward 4 residents as well as during planned public engagement. Thornton is a great City to raise a family with so many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, great educational partnerships, and places to shop and play.