Shakti announced she will be a candidate for Lakewood City Council in Ward 3 in November.
Shakti is running for the term-limited seat held by Sue King.
“On many issues I’m very impressed with the course the city is on, but we need to make sure to keep the city on course,” she said. “As a city council member it is also important to always be looking for ways to do things better.”
For the past two and a half years, Shakti has served on Advisory Commission for an Inclusive Community (ACIC). Currently she is the chair of the Sustainability Committee.
Shakit traveled extensively as a youth with her parents. Her father owned a solar contracting business and her mother was a nurse-midwife.
She attended the University of Colorado Boulder — where she met her husband, Andrew Brandt — before going to Northeastern University in Boston to study law.
The couple has been together for 15 years. They moved to Lakewood three years ago.
Shakti is currently an aide in the Colorado legislature, and is on the steering committee of the Lower Bear Creek Sub-watershed Project.
“For me Lakewood embodies the best of Colorado — proximity to the mountains, a bikeable distance from downtown, affordable houses with yards, beautiful parks, and a strong school system,” she said. “We have a local government that really listens to people and changes lives, and I want to be a part of that.”
There are several issues facing the city that Shakti would like to work on as a city council member, including providing new opportunities for the city’s changing demographics.
“I would like to see more opportunities for the city’s youth — including teenagers, who don’t get as much focus,” she said. “Lakewood also has a large and growing senior population, and I think there are more ways we can see seniors involved in the community.”
The local business community is also an area that she would like to see the government provide a little stability to.
“With the work done on redoing the city’s zoning, I think we need to go back and look at some of the plans for some of our corridors (like Wadsworth and Jewell) and make sure everything is in order,” she said.
Shakti said her love of the area is the driving force in her bid for council.
“It matters a lot to me that we live in a great community, and I want to play a role in that,” she said.