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Honest, Ethical, Experienced, with 20 years of experience in Non-Profits, Unions, and the Military

Hello, thanks for taking the time to get to know me!

When you decide to vote, you consider the candidate on the issues - but perhaps just as important - you consider the candidate's character. Every step of my career is about integrity, honesty, and having the right experience. 


Honesty is critical. I've been a community leader for years, and I've seen how political opportunism ruins communities. My run isn't about my career or scratching the back of some corporate interest. It's about service to you, and honoring the service of council members who are building a terrific city for all of us. It's about our future, in which we are all able to live and thrive in our hometown. Bayard Rustin said "The function of a religious society is to speak truth to power" - and that's my mantra for service and my life.


You need someone that you can trust to do the right thing, even when you're not looking. The rigorous training I've had as a community minister and leader shows an unwavering commitment to our shared values and principles. Doing the right thing isn't always easy, but it's the most rewarding way to make decisions that are the best for our city in the long-term. It also means having honest conversations and inclusive processes to move at the speed of trust. This is a characteristic you know I'll employ with everything I do to represent you. 



My style of servant leadership is effective at enacting progress. This quality was evident when I was a nuclear, chemical, and biological chemical weapons specialist in the military. It was clear when we won campaigns for school breakfast with Padres y Jóvenes Unidos in Denver. Or when our community in Carbondale came together to protect undocumented people. It's why I was offered the position of National Faith Engagement Advisor for Pete Buttigieg's presidential campaign (the first woman to hold such a position). My experience in mobilizing thousands of volunteers to help millions of voters at the polls and working with corporations to develop better climate policy is what Arvada needs - someone who knows how to unite businesses, neighborhoods, and elected officials under a common vision for a better life - and to make it happen.


Thanks for taking a little time to get to know me. Your support, belief, and vote matter so much! I would love to hear from you about your perspective on Arvada and how you've seen integrity, honesty, and experience work for this city - email me at or call me at 402-214-3014.


My Colorado Story...

My father was born in Aurora and my grandparents are from Golden. Since both of

my parents were in the Air Force, I was born on Shaw Air Force base in South Carolina; spent my young childhood on Kadena Air Force base in Okinawa, Japan; and then my parents settled in Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. After I graduated high school, I enlisted in the Army. I also graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2008 and Meadville Lombard Theological School in 2013.

My family and I chose to move here in 2014 after my military service. My children, Rose and Rex, enrolled in Hackberry Elementary school, and I got to know the town through its vibrant parks, friendly people, and being involved in the JeffCo school board recall effort.


Then, I served a congregation in Carbondale, Colorado for a few years before working nationally on the Pete Buttigieg presidential campaign. As the pandemic hit and the campaign wrapped, I came back to Arvada and have worked full time remotely for worthy causes.

Even as I've lived all over the world and across this nation, Arvada is my home. I met the love of my life, Nick Ambrose, on a date at The Schoolhouse in Olde Town Arvada. Our marriage date was this August!

My kids love growing up here. My daughter is attending community college locally, and my son has worked at King Sooper's for over two years, walking there after his school lets out. While he doesn't know what he wants to do yet, my daughter is certain she'll be a Psychiatric Nurse that works with adults in mental crisis.


Be sure to reach out and tell me your Colorado story - I'd love to know how you came to live in this wonderful city! 

Shawna smiling during doorknocking in Denver

You make all the difference. Let's win this together.

Donating to the campaign today ensures we have the right kind of leadership on our council and a beautiful future for our city. 

We can only make it across the finish line with your help! YOU are why I am running and we can only do this together. Thank you! 

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