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Tom Bullock

“I’m running to bring new leadership to Lakewood, to keep our neighborhoods safe, clean, and family-friendly, and to make our downtown vibrant with new life and stronger business.”

Twenty-First Century Democrats is pleased to announce its endorsement of Tom Bullock.

Tom is seeking election to the Lakewood City Council, Ward 2, to bring fresh leadership that responds to the issues of Lakewood’s citizens. He exhibits the qualities of a great leader – talent, a willingness to work hard and optimism. What’s more, Tom’s own hopes for his citizens reflect some of his best features: respect for others, self-knowledge and self-responsibility. This is not a candidate who is interested in power for power’s sake – in leaping into the untested waters of politics, Tom is taking a risk for his beliefs, and we at Twenty-First Century Democrats applaud his initiative and look forward to his success.

As a resident of Lakewood, Tom is very well-placed to understand the needs of the city, and also to recognize its potential. For example, he sees Lakewood, with its active and diverse citizenry, as the perfect place to develop what he calls “new urbanism” – safe, clean and family friendly communities. Similarly, he also plans to support the fair trade movement, thereby empowering the consumers and allowing them to make an impact in an innovative way. Tom is passionate about the environment and envisions plans to restore the natural environment on both a local level within the city and on a national scale. He is active within his community and will pursue the same level of engagement with the city’s people when elected to office.

At Twenty-First Century Democrats, we seek out leaders with big ideas and personal integrity. Tom is one such figure. He is a dreamer and a doer, cherishing hopes for a better future for all, and ready to roll up his sleeves to achieve this goal Tom does not shy away from difficult decisions and in terms of his personal development, works constantly to be courageous and generous, but also to recognize and tackle his own limitations – an all-too rare trait in many of our politicians. In his own words:

“After riding a rollercoaster of hopes and disappointments for several elections, I decided to get off the ride, to quit pinning my fears and desires on other candidates, and to inspire myself.”

Tom’s motivation for seeking elected office also comes from a promise he made to himself years ago, at the time when he was just beginning to cultivate a political and social conscience. He vowed never to ignore the trials and tribulations faced by the weak and defenseless after learning about human rights abuses in El Salvador. He was equally inspired by the great reform leaders of the 1960s and we believe that Tom is more than capable of building on their legacy. Combining pragmatism with progressivism, this candidate is ready to serve city, state and country. Twenty-First Century Democrats is behind Tom Bullock 100% and is proud to be a part of his journey.

Race Facts

Race Type: Democratic Challenge
Primary Opponent: Dan Shields & Thomas Gallagher
Primary Date: October 2, 2007
Primary Result: Won, 47%
General Opponent: Dan Shields
General Election Date: November 6, 2007
General Election Results: Won, 51.8% – 48.2%


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