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City of Fountain Mayoral candidates

 

Last updated 10/13/2021 at 9:41am | View PDF

Two members of the Fountain City Council seek the position of Mayor to replace term-limited Gabe Ortega.

Detra Duncan is in her first term on the council, as she was first elected in 2019 to an at-large position.

Sharon Thompson has multiple terms on the council under her belt.

Both women are active in a variety of community organizations.

Mayoral Candidate Detra Duncan

Dr. Detra Duncan has lived in the city of Fountain for over two decades. Dr. Duncan's demonstrated track record of service and leadership within the community helped her to become the first African American woman ever elected to Fountain City Council in November 2019. Dr. Duncan previously served on Fountain Planning Commission Committee. The wife of an Army Veteran and proud mother, she said she cares about the community in which her son is growing up. She is a a Sunday School Teacher, Deaconess, and Missionary. Duncan has values of hard work, perseverance and reaching back to help others. Dr Duncan is a graduate of Peabody Magnet High School, Southern University A & M College and University of Phoenix where she obtained a Master's of Public Health Administration and PhD in Organizational Management. She also has completed the Zeta Organizational Leadership Program. Dr Duncan is the 2020 Women of Influence award recipient.

How long have you lived in Fountain? Over two decades – 29 Years in October.

What brought you here? Colorado's beautiful scenery and job opportunities.

Describe your past/present involvement in the community.

Dr. Duncan serves as City Council member at Large for Fountain, Colorado, and on the Board of Directors for Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce.  She is a recognized corporate leader with over 28 years of experience in delivering results for Healthcare Organizations providing medical billing and accounting services.   She is a member of numerous organizations, including serving as a Precinct Organizer, 2020 Woman of Influence Recipient, Fountain Youth Council Director, past Fountain Planning Commission, NCIS, American Dietetic Association, Past President Cross Creek Community Homeowners Association, Past Deputy Director and Publicity Chair African American Youth Leadership Conference, Past President Cross Creek Metropolitan District, Deaconess, and owner of Duncan's Fashions and Springs Professional Medical Billing.  

Dr. Detra Duncan was elected the Chapter President of her Sorority's Chapter on May 8, 2021.  Dr. Duncan is a Life Member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, who has shown her dedication to Zeta since her induction in 2015.  A proven and dedicated mentor, she has spearheaded the growth in the Midwestern Region since 2018 by chartering two new chapters serving as the Immediate Past CO/WY State Director.  Dr. Duncan has served in several leadership roles, including Midwestern Region Adopt A School Coordinator, Midwestern Region Nominating Committee Member, Midwestern Region Fundraising Committee Member, Past President of the Soaring Dove Scholarship Foundation Centennial Lead Donor, and many other Chapter positions.  Dr. Duncan is lauded by her Sorority as "Most Dedicated" and modeling "A Good Zeta is a well-trained and informed Zeta" with the competition of ZOL and Basilei Institute.  Scholarship is a principle that Dr. Duncan holds in high regard.  

Work history/related experience?

Worked at Peterson Airforce Base – Public Health Clinic, Long Term Care Facilities, Hospital, Small Business Owner, Zeta Leadership Organization, PhD in Organizational Management

What unique perspectives can you bring to the table?

Dr. Detra Duncan feels she is the "fresh eyes of Fountain."  Fresh and neutral eyes examining the issues that the City of Fountain is facing.  Fresh and neutral pair of eyes that can provide new perspectives and ways of thinking that offer alternatives to Fountain's situations.  Fresh ideas to ensure businesses are on the right track and the route to further success.  Dr. Detra Duncan looks for opportunities that are overlooked.  She is not afraid to ask tough questions.  Transparency is one of the strongest attributes of a leader that Dr. Detra Duncan possesses.  Dr. Detra Duncan has practical knowledge about how laws are made in Colorado.  She has knowledge in coalition building and teamwork.   She has experience working and learning with diverse people, leadership and negotiating skills.   Detra has a Master of Public Health which will enable her to make sound leadership decisions as we deal with the COVID pandemic. She also has a Ph.D. in Organizational Management.  Dr. Duncan is the Director of Fountain's Youth Council which is going on its second year.   

What do you love most about Fountain?

I love the community (the people).

What are your top concerns for the city? Having Recreational Facilities for our Youth, Small Businesses, Streets and Waste management, public safety, cybersecurity.

What do you feel the biggest needs are? And how would you help address them?

Waste management – Technology can be used to recycle or upcycle waste, create alternatives from products that normally produce more waste, or find a way to address the ever-growing problem of waste management. Educate the community. Collaboration with experts for forward thinking.

Public Safety – Look for grant funding that will allow the city to hire the needed employees to meet the need in the city.

CyberSecurity – Improve cyber security practices, education, training, skills, and software

What made you decide to run for election to this position? I feel that I can enhance and promote the following in Fountain: Economic Development, Public Safety, Budget, Infrastructure, Education, Housing, Energy/Environment, Demographics, Diversity and Inclusiveness, Technology and Data and Health Care. I have a deep commitment to improving infrastructure in Fountain to include roads and sidewalks; To create a town that our children and children's children want to call home for many years to come!

Why should people elect you?

Fresh new ideas. Collaborative thinking with the staff. Background in the community and serving the people. Servant Leader in the community for many years. It is not" I" it is "us/we". I love the city and people of Fountain.

Detra Duncan, Ph.D. is a small business owner for over 15 years.  She is the owner of Springs Professional Medical Billing that is dedicated to quality medical billing services to the Colorado Springs area and beyond.  She also owns Duncan's Fashions providing free clothing for women who are reentering into the workforce.  Dr. Detra Duncan is highly organized and detailed oriented with over 15 years of experience providing thorough and skillful accounting services.  She is currently serves as Fountain City Council at Large.  She assumed office in November 2019.  

Mayoral Candidate Sharon Thompson

Hello! Thank you for your time and interest to read this.  My family and I have lived in Fountain over 15 years.  We were drawn to Fountain because of it's small town Americana feeling, friendliness of the community, and business opportunities. Moving to Colorado from California, we enjoyed the slower pace of life, clean air, beautiful mountains and the many homeschooling opportunities for our family. Since moving to Fountain I have been involved with many boards, commissions and other community activities. The experiences and relationships that I developed within the city and regionally over the years will help me as mayor be ready to go from day one.

I prefer to use my years of experience in various capacities to identify both long-term and short-term problems and solutions. I have particpated in Fountain's long-range planning endeavors for years ensuring Fountain's  current economic stability and its future growth is beneficial to all of its citizens.    Meeting with a focus group of citizens with concerns about accessibility to parks helped lead to improvements requested by the citizens and to the hiring of a certified American With Disabilities (ADA) coordinator on staff.  Studying and working on transportation issues has helped lead to better specialized transportation rides for seniors and others. I bring the experience of a former teacher, homeschool parent, small business, community advocate, and someone who asks the hard questions.

My top priorities as mayor will be small sensible growth while maintaining what attracts people to Fountain, the "hometown feel," working on a long-term solution for infrastructure that includes not only roads, curbs, and gutters – but also broadband access, park improvements, water, and other needs. Expanding our recreation programs with activities for all ages and abilities is also important.  This can be done while maintaining a conservative fiscal approach that goes along with the question I have become known for asking during budget decisions "How much is this going to cost, and where is the money coming from?"  These priorities have come from many, many conversations with the people who matter most in Fountain: the citizens who live here.  

 

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