A 23-year veteran of the tire business, Lorraine Anderson also has been active in local politics-ever since she became frustrated with the way business was being treated in her city. A co-owner of Anderson Tire Service in Arvada, Colo., Ms. Anderson is mayor pro tem and now in her 10th year on the city council.
She also has served as president of the Mountain States Tire Dealers Association and as a director of the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association.
Ms. Anderson said she got active in Arvada politics about a decade ago out of what she described as dissatisfaction with the way business was being treated in that suburban Denver city of approximately 95,000 people.
Arvada's city council, in particular, seemed to have an anti-business bias at that time, Ms. Anderson recalled. So she ran for a seat on the council, winning election by only 30 votes. She since has been re-elected twice, each time garnering more votes than the last.
Within five years, fellow council members had selected Ms. Anderson to serve as the city's mayor pro tem, a position requiring her to fulfill most of the duties of the mayor when the latter isn't available. She has been called on to conduct municipal meetings, represent the city at civic functions and even sign official documents when necessary.
Among other things, the experience has convinced her that women too often underestimate their abilities and accomplishments.
``I remember the first time I went to a meeting of Women in Municipal Government,'' Ms. Anderson recalled. ``There were women elected by their cities-women who had achieved a lot-all sitting around and talking about some book entitled, `Why Janie Can't Lead.' And I said: `This is ridiculous. You're all leaders! You're mayors, for crying out loud!' ''