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Stieber to focus on residential growth in mayoral campaign

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By Leo Wolfson

City Councilwoman Zoe Stieber wants to be mayor.

Stieber said her “Vote Zo” black and white signs and oval bumper stickers are not only to market her mayoral campaign, but to spark a conversation with voters and discover their needs. She goes by Zo in casual conversation.

“I want people’s input. As an elected official we represent the people, not ourselves. I want to know what issues are important to people and what I should run on,” Stieber said.

Stieber attended Aims Community College after graduating from Fort Lupton High School. She currently works at the Ace Hardware store at 201 S. Rollie Ave. The eight-year council member is running against fellow current councilmember Bob McWilliams to succeed Mayor Tommy Holton. Holton is term-limited this fall, after eight years in office.

Stieber advocates for new housing developments as the focal point of her campaign platform. She says she has supported growth during her time on city council.

“I hear from people that we need more grocery stores and a Target,” Stieber said. “The way we do that is with more roofs.”

It’s a strong sentiment for change from someone who is a life-long, sixth-generation resident of the city.

“It used to be a very small rural community but now we’ve gotten a lot bigger,” Stieber said. “We need to build infrastructure to ensure growth.”

Stieber says she’s not opposed to industrial growth through oil and gravel pits, but thinks that residential growth should be the focus.

Stieber said she wants to develop a stronger connection between the city and the fire department, an independently-run entity with which she shares a strong relationship.

“At one point in time, I was related to or had a relationship with 32 of the 35 members of the fire department,” Stieber said. “I’m not saying that the fire department is doing a bad job, I just think that there could be more communication and engagement between the city and them.”

Stieber also hopes to develop a youth council that provides local high school students the opportunity to get involved with city government. Weld Re-8 school board members have given formal approval for this concept.

“I think it could be really powerful to show students that they can get involved in government and can participate,” Stieber said.