When the new Lone Tree City Council is sworn in next week, it will mark a significant change in the composition of the council: a new mayor, two new councilmembers, and a temporarily vacant seat.
Since the three candidates for the three open seats were all running unopposed by the application deadline, the council canceled the election and declared each candidate elected at a meeting on April 19.
One of the new faces on the council is Wynne Shaw, who will represent District 1, replacing Councilmember Harold Anderson, who is completing his second term and is term-limited.
Shaw has lived in Lone Tree for 16 years and in Colorado for 40. She earned her associate degree from the University of South Florida and spent most of her career in the financial services sector.
“The last 23 years I spent at Schwab and then at TIAA-CREF … in various positions from customer service to fairly senior leadership and enjoyed it very much,” Shaw said. “It's a good back ground to have.”
When she retired from the industry two years ago, she became a full-time volunteer, spending much of her time working at local organizations such as the Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society, as a board member for the Douglas County Republican Women, and as the leader of a local chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution.
“It's about 105 ladies, and we meet monthly,” she said. “We do good things around the community.”
Shaw is also a member of the Colorado Beta Gaveliers, a group that promotes interest in parliamentary law by practicing and critiquing parliamentary procedure at monthly meetings. Though she had not previously run for public office, over time her interest in local politics grew.
“It turns out that I had time to start going to city council meetings and enjoyed them very much,” she said. “I got an appreciation of how well our city is run, not only from a resident's standpoint.”
Her time at council meetings allowed her to get to know and appreciate the work done by city officials and employees and she decided to become more formally involved.
“I learned that Harold's seat was going to be available and thought it would be a great opportunity,” she said.
Part of Shaw's motivation for running comes from her observation that some people in the political arena have chosen politics for selfish reasons.
“I wanted to make sure that nobody like that got onto council. That's part of the motivation for running,” she said.
Shaw will be entering office without a specific list of outcomes, but would like to see the city take advantage of benefits available from federal and state agencies to help with expected growth. She believes that this council will play an important role in the successful expansion of Lone Tree on the east side of Interstate 25.
“I want to make sure that the decisions we make support the city's comprehensive plan; that we are able to expand and grow the community feel across the highway when we finally get there,” she said. “I love the idea of having Schweiger Ranch as a historic place among the new building that's to come, so I'm excited about the way the city can grow.”
Maintaining Lone Tree's quality of life, safety and natural space is a priority for Shaw.
“All of it contributes to our quality of life here,” she said. “And that's very important.”