Five generations back, my great-great-great grandpas W.W. Wilmore and Reece Davis settled in Wheat Ridge. In the beginning, the Davis' grew flowers in the town’s many fields, and Grandpa Wilmore, who ran a nursery, was nationally recognized for hybridizing dahlias. As the generations continued, my family built greenhouses and grew carnations and roses. By the late 1980s, more than 40 million carnations were shipped out of Wheat Ridge annually. The family continued to support the city by providing land for a local church and school, both still active today, and through community civil service. The sixth-generation Davis, my nephew, attends Wheat Ridge High School.
I graduated from Wheat Ridge High School in 1985 and spent a few years in California pursuing my education. I earned a double major in Biology and Chemistry from Whittier College, returned to Colorado and earned two master’s degrees from the University of Colorado – a Master’s of Business Administration and a Master’s of Science in Health Administration.
I’ve used this education and the values my parents taught me to build a successful career in health care. I’m currently the director of Medical Staff Services at Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver and I have worked for Exempla for a dozen years.
In my spare time I enjoy the parks and trails in Wheat Ridge, where I spend a great deal of time training for upcoming races. Two years ago, I completed my first marathon! It took a lot of determination to run the 26.2 miles, but I am proud to say, “I DID IT!” If I am not out running, I’m likely on a walk with my great dogs, Tess and Romy, or on the golf course.
As a member of the Wheat Ridge City Council, I want to help preserve our city. And to do that, we need strengthen our city’s economy by creating and promoting policies that will help us attract new businesses and the consumer spending that follows. Wheat Ridge can be the afternoon and evening destination for residents throughout the west-metro area, but it’s not going to happen by chance. We need to deliberately create the active business district that will keep Wheat Ridge vibrant and strong for generations to come.
A century ago, in the blooming fields of Wheat Ridge, my family never could have envisioned how much the city has grown or the promise it still holds today. Join me as we create a government that honors our past and builds for our future.