Lydia DeHaven was raised in Pittsburgh, PA and moved to Cortez ten years ago after falling in love with the area. She and her husband worked hard to integrate themselves into the community and create stable careers. They bought their first home five years ago, and are now raising their first child here in Cortez.
Lydia earned a BA in Anthropology from The University of Kansas and an MA in Applied Archaeology and GIS from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has a background in federal public service and works as an archaeologist and cultural resource manager focused on public land management for the San Juan National Forest.
Her main goals for the city are to update the land use code to promote economic development and obtainable housing, ensure the city is fiscally responsible now and moving forward, and create a Cortez where future generations can thrive.
Being a lifelong learner, Lydia is currently studying Spanish. When not playing outside or attending local events, she enjoys crafting with her three cats. She also finds time to go on biannual adventures with her mom. “I enjoy serving the people in this community and look forward to the rest of my time on council.”