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    Matt Benjamin Freelance Astronomer and Educator

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    Eric Budd Software Project Manager

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    Jan Burton Manufacturer of tiny homes

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    Ed Byrne Attorney

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    Cindy Carlisle civic activist

  • Camilo Casas

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    John Gerstle Consulting Environmental/Water Engineer

  • Jill Adler Grano

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    Mark McIntyre Partner in Contracted Technical Sales Company

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    Mirabai Kuk Nagle Engaging Diamonds - Business Owner

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    Bill Rigler Communications and marketing executive

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    Adam Swetlik Product Marketing Manager

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    Sam Weaver President

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    Mary Dolores Young Via Mobility Services, Bilingual Outreach and Travel Trainer

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What are the three major issues the City faces in the next five years?

How would you ensure that City policy discussions and decisions incorporate the voices of people who are living in poverty, experiencing racial discrimination or are otherwise disenfranchised?

What is your opinion of having City Council candidates represent wards or districts as opposed to running at large?

With respect to campaign spending, how would you hold yourself accountable to City residents, as opposed to issue groups, corporations or corporate-sponsored groups?

Background I have lived in Boulder for 16 years and currently live in South Boulder with my wife, Jessica, and son, Mason. After graduating from CU in 2005 with a degree in Astronomy and Astrophysics, I spent the next 11 years working for CU as an Astronomer and the Education Programs Manager for Fiske Planetarium. While at Fiske, I collaborated on several NASA research grants and educational programs with our local federal labs and aerospace companies. I am currently Board President of the Growe Foundation, which initiates and supports school garden programs through curriculum lesson plans for 19 elementary schools in the Boulder Valley School District. I am also working with the Idaho Conservation League on its efforts to create the nation’s first Dark Sky Reserve in central Idaho. My family loves nature and being outdoors, but I think that’s true of every Boulderite. We seem to be outside all the time, hiking, backpacking, camping and skiing. We also love to travel and explore new places and cultures. Through my love of nature, I am driven to provide people of all ages with experiences that inspire a sense of stewardship for their local environments and the planet as a whole. My interests include photography, gardening, reading, climate change and studying international politics. My wide range of interests led me to adopt the phrase that I could talk with you about anything "from black holes to pot holes." I enjoy learning about what those around me want for our community and as your City Council Candidate, I will take these ideas and fight to make them a reality.
Contact phone 303-903-7646
Twitter @MBforBoulder
Effective Governance: We must always look for ways to improve our democracy and the efficacy of our government to meet the needs of people throughout Boulder. A reactive government is not an effective government. This reactive nature has become a symptom of City Council trying to do too much and having an aggressive agenda. I will focus on “less is more” and “quality over quantity” in the policies we enact. Affordable Housing: A lot of effort has gone into lower income affordable housing, but we are neglecting the opportunity to build an economic ladder of success in this town. We have not done nearly enough for Boulder’s middle class. I intend to fix many of the conflicting policies that make unnecessarily difficult to reach our Affordable Housing goals. Transportation: In the next 10-25 years Boulder and communities around the country will see a transit revolution of electric and autonomous vehicles. I intend to prepare us for this new way to travel in and out of our communities.
In part the recommendation of the Public Participation Working Group laid out some helpful strategies from which to increase participation in our political process. As I have suggested, the city should be taking on less items on its agenda. This redirect of time should be focused on listen to and engaging more people and groups throughout the city. The city needs to make a serious effort to bring disenfranchised groups into the fold, in order to make sure they have a voice and thus a vested interest in participating. This is also a reason to bring geographic representation to Boulder.
This has been one of the core themes of my campaign. Effective Governance is measured by the ability to be broadly represented by the electorate. Boulder’s “at-large” system simply does not meet the standards of a progressive democracy. I fully support bringing a district/ward system to Boulder. Only through geographic representation can we bring real accountability to local government, it will also give us the foundation from which to tackle the difficult issues ahead.
Spending over a decade as an Astronomer and Educator at CU Boulder and working with NASA and other agencies and labs. I’ve learned that evidence based decision-making leads to good policy. My approach to leadership and local government is anchored to the self-correcting nature of science and by that virtue I am able to resit special interests. My accountability is driven by a passion for democracy and that starts with the people of Boulder. The more involved they are in the process of improving this city, the more direct a line of accountability is created between the citizens of Boulder and our elected officials.
Background Economist, Chair of Boulder Landmarks Board, Active Member of Community Cycles Advocacy Committee, Active Member of Boulder Community Housing Association Advocacy Committee, Former President of Newland Court Condo Association, Boulder Ironman finisher. Read my full story and bio on my web site:
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Contact phone 720-295-1122
Twitter @ericmbudd
Affordable housing and transportation. Our strong economy puts huge pressures on our roads, housing supply, and public services. We need more aggressive middle-income housing options and increased investment in our transportation system to make sure our residents are mobile. We’re rapidly pricing out the middle class and need bold action.

Making progress on climate change. Whether or not the city municipalizes its energy utility, we need a plan and investments to meet the city’s renewable energy goals.

Resilience for an economic downturn. The city’s operating budget has increased 2% in 2017 and 6.6% for 2018. At the same time, sales tax revenues have moderately underperformed expectations. Nationally, our country may be near the end of a decade-long economic expansion, and we’re seeing fundamental changes in the retail sector due to the internet and local deliveries. Boulder needs to be ready for these upcoming challenges.
We need to improve our city processes and spend resources to make sure people who are underrepresented in our city government and public processes are represented. I will work for broader representation on our city boards and commissions, as well as building relationships with people in economically diverse parts of town. As a citizen currently, I’ve built a network of thousands of people in Boulder by being accessible on Twitter and holding meetings with anyone who reaches out—including CU students, older residents, and people experiencing homelessness. I will work to ensure all voices are included.
I think our current at-large system promotes a concentration of power and does not promote enough geographic or economic diversity among city council representatives. While I don’t think a purely district system would be ideal, I think a mix of wards and at-large seats (perhaps six seats and three seats, respectively) could give the city a better balance in representation, particularly for younger people, as well as people living in East and South Boulder.
I highly support Boulder’s campaign-finance laws and have accepted a $20,000 maximum spending limit. I’ve encouraged $5 donations to my campaign and have over 200 individual donors, which may be the highest of any candidate. I’ve also tried to build a broad coalition of support to ensure that I’m not beholden to any particular group. I’m a person who’s open, transparent, and accessible online, and have constantly solicited feedback on issues on the city. In doing so, I will continue to show in my words and actions that I’m responsive and listening to people in Boulder.
Background I have had the honor of serving on the Boulder City Council for the past two years, and am running for a second term because I’d like to leverage what I have learned to make a difference in our community. Boulder is a truly great city, but as a community, we face issues that will most likely continue to challenge and divide us as we hope to evolve and thrive for generations to come. We must come together to address our opportunities and problems, and I hope to contribute to that process. My business background has given me good listening and critical thinking skills which I’ll use to gather a greater diversity of opinions and fully vet positives and negatives of potential projects. I believe we can be more balanced and inclusive in our approach, and that we shouldn’t shut the doors of our city to new people or ideas. I bring organizational expertise in business, non-profits, and entrepreneurships, and increasingly in city operations as a result of having served almost two years on City Council. I have a great deal of knowledge about potential housing solutions. I will bring a fiscally conservative approach to the city budget and will support our environmental and Open Space goals as well as our expanding support of the arts. Most importantly, I will bring a forward-thinking, pragmatic, fact-based approach to my service on the Boulder City Council.
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Contact phone 720-446-8510
Twitter @janburtonco
1. Cost of housing. The City of Boulder has built a complex web of building controls over the past 20 years, has down-zoned neighborhoods, and has old policies and ordinances that do not support housing solutions. These factors encourage continued escalation in housing prices and don't support our environmental goals. 2. The follow on steps to Municipalization, whether it passes or not. If it passes, all of our money will go towards fighting the court battles with Excel. If it doesn’t pass, we can form other strategies to team with Denver, other cities, and the State to incent the continued retirement of coal plants and increase in renewables. 3. Transportation. We must build out infrastructure and programs to encourage electric vehicles. We need to build out the bike network more fully, especially north/south connectors and continue to build safety. We must work regionally with our sister cities, the County, and CDOT to build more effective transit, and 1st & last mile solutions.
I have reached out to people of color to understand their experiences in Boulder, and it is not good. Shockingly, racism, bigotry, and physical threats are alive and well in Boulder County. I attended the (IN)visible film viewing and panel discussion by Boulder County, and I commit to speak out when I see racial discrimination. I have sponsored a person of color to attend the county’s PERA leadership program and will continue to recruit and sponsor people of color to get involved in the city’s boards and commissions, the HRC, and decisions.
I would like to have a combination of both. We need more representation from the eastern and southern parts of the city, but we must also look at things from the entire city’s perspective.
Boulder has some of the toughest campaign finance laws in the country. I committed to spend at the limit of $20K, and I do not accept more than $100 from any individual. Information on all donors and expenditures are available on the city's website. There is just no way to be influenced financially with that type of control.
Background Boulder Assistant City Attorney, Director of Operations Colorado Ski Country USA, Land use attorney/mediator Camera Editorial Advisory Board (2007-17); Co-Chair, NoBo Subcommunity Plan; Chair, Chamber Community Affairs Council; Chair, Downtown Boulder Partnership Public Policy Committee; US36/Regional Transportation Task Forces; co-founder, BCBA ADR Committee B.A. Economics, Notre Dame (1976); J.D., George Washington University Law Center (1981)
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Contact phone (303) 478-8075 (cell)
Twitter @edbyrneboulder
Fiscal accountability, workforce housing, and civil discourse. City Council must budget and spend our taxes wisely. Fiscal accountability requires a discerning eye and a sharp pencil. Having worked for the City and in the private sector, I have both. We shouldn't be asking voters to relocate a fire station out of the flood plain. Earmarked funds have created inflexible budgetary check books - we can't use money in the refrigerator fund to fix the microwave. Workforce housing is a regional challenge. 65,000 in-commuters create traffic congestion and negative environmental impacts. Any new dwelling units we build here should appeal directly to them. We should relax restrictions on ADUs and form a Community Land Trust. We should add housing to our commercial and industrial zones. Un-civil discourse is scorching council's podium and driving reasonable voices out of the hearing room. As a trained mediator, I will ask speakers to focus on their interests (the reasons "why"), not positions.
We need to find new outreach methods that lower the barriers reducing participation in city council’s deliberations. 2-3 minute public hearing comments between 6:00pm and midnight every other Tuesday night will not suffice. Council members must be approachable and have relationships with a diverse range of community members through years of community service in a variety of roles. We must meet our citizens where they live, not require them to attend hearings where disrespect and emotions can drive reasonable voices out of the room. Council is not the Roman coliseum, where only those in attendance have a say, thumbs up or thumbs down, on issues that impact all of us. Council members must do a better job of accounting for community DNA that is not in the room, while explaining clearly the considerations upon which decisions are made. The PPWG’s recent report is right: the nature and extent of our process must be proportional to the issues being discussed and the decisions being made.
I believe a “good governance” group of citizens should be convened to discuss and make recommendations concerning the best democracy-affirming practices being employed by peer cities to improve voter participation and ensure that our citizens feel heard and well-served by their representatives. Districts based roughly on the city’s identified subcommunities may be part of the answer. Directly electing the mayor would be an important first step towards clarifying whether our at-large system, which has been deemed unconstitutional in the South due to its impact on minority representation, should be retired in Boulder for similar reasons.
I have signed the City contract to accept matching funds, which requires acceptance of spending limits. The $100 contribution cap prevents individuals from wielding undue influence on council candidates. But there are other, potentially more valuable “contributions” made by the organizations in Boulder whose volunteers provide the horse-power needed to hand-deliver campaign literature to every doorstep in town. Individual candidates without access to the resources of Boulder’s current slates face a daunting task communicating their ideas and delivering campaign materials to voters. The cost of direct mail and media advertising rates are too high (particularly with Boulder’s spending limitations) to provide an alternative means for getting the word out. This is worrisome. Personally, I will be beholden to none of the organizations slugging it out during this election cycle, so I will be answerable to the citizens of Boulder, and no one else. I’m OK with that . . . {;< )
Background Boulder resident since 1968; CU graduate, B.A. and M.A. in English Literature; two adult children; elected to Boulder City Council 1986-1990; University of Colorado Board of Regents 2003-2009. Have been active in local politics, neighborhood affairs, planning, transportation, Open Space, campaign finance reform, women's issues and social justice issues since the 1970's.
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Contact phone 303-444-2606
Affordability, climate change, and public engagement are three major issues. Affordable housing and small business/work space is needed to preserve Boulder's economic, cultural, educational, and artistic diversity. The city council must make the inclusionary housing more effective and robust, guarantee impact and linkage fees adequately offset new development's impacts, and protect space for small, local businesses. Regarding climate change, we need to lower carbon emissions by switching to renewables and reduce consumption of fossil fuels by improving mass transit, use of e-vehicles and bicycles, increase energy efficiency in buildings and get to zero waste. We need to look ahead regarding availability of resources like water. Our citizens must have a voice and early involvement in the city's decision making so policy accurately reflects what the community--not money or the squeaky wheel--wants. I'm committed to sustaining our height limits, multimodal transportation, and Open Space.
The Council needs to empower our Human Rights Commission whose charges include *Conduct research to define key issues in the community in order to suggest appropriate changes to ordinances and policies and *Enforce the City of Boulder's Human Rights Ordinance that prohibits discrimination. More, I would encourage seeking out people whose voices aren’t heard in places where they live or gather, and encourage them to participate in processes to assure their welfare within the community. The city’s Public Participation Working Group outlines changes that the city can make to ensure that ALL voices are heard and I subscribe to their recommendations, starting with having citizens participate at the beginning of a process, before decisions are made.
• Boulder’s population is about 103,000, of which about a third is our student population. Given that the whole population is relatively small, I think it is best served by at large voting. Candidates representing such small wards or districts might divide the city and play one group off against another. I think candidates who look out for the welfare/well being of the entirety--the Chamber of Commerce, the neighborhoods, the University community, the Downtown, the environment—best serve the entirety. •
Boulder passed a Campaign Finance Reform initiative in 1999. I was on the steering committee that created the initiative, circulated petitions, and got it passed with 63 percent. The idea was to keep big money out of local politics, and at the same time level the financial playing field so that candidates who pledged to spend no more than a given amount, if they could raise a percentage of that amount with small donations—showing broad community support, rather than a few big donors—could receive city matching funds for campaign expenses. Candidates who take “the pledge” limit spending, disclose donations of $25--$100 (the limit per donation) and disclose all expenditures. Voters can note who doesn't take the pledge. Citizens United has undone the intent of the spending limits, but many candidates act in good faith with the initiative’s intent. I count myself among them and am accountable to city residents (NOT special interests) by my voting record. Boulder is my special interest.
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Background I was raised in Boulder and it has been my formal residence since 1952, with periods away for studies and work assignments. I attended local BVSD schools (Foothill Elementary, Centennial Junior High and Boulder High Schools) and CU-Boulder for my B.A.(Chemistry), then went to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for graduate degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering. I have worked as a consulting engineer since 1980, lectured at CU-Boulder and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, served as General Advisor to the Govt of Bhutan from 1985-88, and as UN Himalayan Regional Advisor for Environment and Water Resources from 1988-90. I served as Member and Chair on the Boulder County Planning Commission for 6 years and on the City of Boulder Planning Board from 2014-2017. I have been a member of the SIlver Lake Ditch organisation and participated as a volunteer since 1964. Although I have very limited artistic gifts or competence, I have long participated in and particularly enjoyed drama and musical productions. In free time, I particularly enjoy hiking, backpacking and back country skiing. My family (wife and two children) has a dog (which has the gold tag allowing it to be off-leash in permitted areas of Boulder's Open Space). Both of our children grew up in Boulder and went to BVSD schools here.
Contact phone 720-470-5408
There are a variety of issues that the City faces in the near future, and they are all important - and there will certainly be issues that are not foreseen at present that will pop up. But I would identify the following as major issues that we will have to deal with:

1, Dealing with development pressures, including the provision of affordable housing for low- and middle income individuals and families, and addressing problems of homelessness of fellow residents within our community, ensuring neighborhood character preservation and livability. 2. Moving forward with Boulder's environmental commitments and obligations, including transportation, waste management and recycling, and electricity generation and supply issues. 3. Ensuring that Boulder's social, cultural, artistic, business and economic spheres of activity are healthy and vibrant.
The City seeks to incorporate the voice of all in its decisions, but is not very successful in its attempts. I believe that the recommendations provided in the recent report from the Public Process Working Group that has been convened over the past year are an excellent starting point, and I fully endorse and support them. The most important aspect of this, in my opinion, is to encourage involvement of public input at very early stages of consideration, so that concerns and objectives can be addressed before commitments and preliminary positions have been adopted.
I think that the City is best served by having City Council candidates elected at large. In my opinion, the City is not big enough to necessitate ward-based elections.
I follow the City campaign finance guidelines and requirements very carefully, and I believe that they are quite effective in holding individual candidates to be financially responsible and transparent. I have qualified for the City program for matching election campaign funding, so that there are very clear limits both to the amount individuals are allowed to contribute, and the maximum which can be collected and used for a campaign. The associated reporting requirements are effective, in my opinion, in ensuring that the financing is transparent, which is an essential element of accountability to residents of Boulder.

I am concerned that the increased level of activity in municipal elections by issue groups, corporations and corporate-sponsored groups may lead to a decline in the level and quality of our municipal government and its decisions.
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Background While I can’t say that I was born in Boulder, I can say that Boulder is my home. I arrived in 1977 for the rock climbing, cycling, food, and culture. I stayed and went to CU and graduated with a BFA. I worked at the Spoke (bike shop), Novan Energy (solar energy), and various other Boulder companies. For the last 30 years I have been an owner and partner at Marketing Technologies, a technical sales company selling US made custom metal and plastic parts from US manufacturers to US equipment manufacturers. This has given me an understanding of how companies, both large and small, work, survive, grow, thrive and sometimes fail. I met Jill, my wife of 34 years and partner in life here. We feel fortunate to have raised our two kids, Molly and Reed, here in this community that we love so much. Our family has settled and grown in Boulder, including our children and their spouses, our two grandchildren, elderly parents, and siblings. I actively examine all aspects of my life and my impact on the planet. While not always successful, I am committed to my personal goals for the environment, my community and the greater world. I know Boulder: From the preschools to the senior centers. By having lived in rentals on the Hill and in Goss Grove to single family homes in Central and North Boulder. Because my work experience spans roughneck in the oil field to solar sales, retail to manufacturing and ultimately building a local business with a 30 year history in Boulder. From volunteering in schools, to serving on boards and commissions, to getting dirty building trails, to being a lifetime blood donor to driving for Meals on Wheels.
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Housing Affordability We must walk our talk on affordability, and inclusivity. How? Flexibility in zoning accessory dwelling units, granny flats, etc. and allowing older residents to continue to occupy their homes while having a renter in a legal, safe unit on the property. Implementing multi-use zoning in current commercial areas that encourages new and cozy neighborhoods that integrate workshops, restaurants, local retail, office, R&D companies, and light manufacturing with live above residential.

THE MUNI: Reluctantly, I have decided that our Muni effort is too expensive and too slow. Let’s take credit for pushing Xcel to increase their use of renewables - statewide. Now we need to negotiate and partner with them to actually reach our goals. We need support our climate goals with actions like solar subsidies for lower and middle income residents and solar gardens

Transportation: Don't make driving painful; make cycling, walking and taking the bus safe, easy, and convenient. ..
I support the Public Participation Working Groups recommendations.

I also would want us to consider having council meetings outside of council chambers. It may be much more work but we could have meetings occasionally at schools, mobile home parks, or other venues where those that don't usually attend my be inclined to.

I think that a mix of wards (probably 4) and at-large councilors (probably 5) would be a good way to bring more diversity (geographic, financial, and age) to council. I also support higher council pay so that a wage earner could afford to be on council. I would also consider directly electing the mayor.
I think the questions should be: "with regard to campaign contributions".. I am accountable only to the voters of the city of Boulder. I have stated my views clearly and in writing before accepting my first campaign contribution. My views are my own and belong to no one else. They can be influenced by the smart, informed, and thoughtful input from concerned citizens and new data and facts as any candidate should be able to be influenced in this way. The city's campaign finance regulations should be a model for the rest of the country on state and national campaigns because they do bring transparency to the campaigns in regard to who is donating to whom. They also, by their very nature, limit the influence that contributors have since no entity can contribute more than $100.00. The question also presupposes that in fact we have an influence problem by "corporate sponsored groups". I have seen no evidence of any group trying to circumvent our finance regulations.
Background Mirabai Nagle was born and raised in Boulder. After graduating from the Boulder Valley School District, Mirabai attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she graduated from the Leeds School of Business with a BS in Business Administration. After graduation, Mirabai was hired at the corporate offices of Crocs where she worked in the Finance and Marketing departments. Eventually Mirabai moved out to San Diego to attend the GIA (Gemological Institute of America), where she received her Graduate Gemology degree while also working in a fine jewelry store where she was trained in diamond grading and diamond selection. After moving back home to Boulder in 2011, Mirabai joined her family business, Hands of Spirit, where they sell crystals, minerals, and jewelry. Mirabai also works with customers to create one of a kind jewelry items such as engagement rings. In 2012, Mirabai joined the Sugar Loaf Fire Protection District. In 2014 she became a certified Emergency First Responder with SLFPD and won Fire Fighter of the year. Throughout her years, she has also volunteered with the Boulder County Democrats, San Diego Young Democrats, Every Creature Counts, Whispurring Woods Rescue and United Paws Rescue. Mirabai also sits on the board for Prairie Protection Colorado and United Paws Rescue. In 2011, Mirabai met her husband Luke. They were married in 2013. Mirabai and Luke live in the city portion of Gunbarrel with their four furbabies. Jaxx, Leela, Oliver and Oskar, all of which are adopted rescue cats.
Contact phone 7203523224
Keeping Boulder viable for middle & lower income residents. Until recently, much of the focus was on ensuring Boulder would remain viable for lower income residents. That was, & continues to be, a critical, worthy priority mission. Recently, middle income residents are being priced out of Boulder, too. There are even less programs to address these challenges. Growth & development issues. This has become a major concern for many residents as they wonder how Boulder will maintain its unique feel in the face of growth. How much does Boulder grow, & at what pace, & in what form & shape? What should the primary focus be for growth? Residential & commercial growth? How can growth best benefit the community? Responsibly & effectively dealing w/ increasing environmental challenges including: the increasing effects of Climate Change, the ever-lengthening wildfire season I deal with as a FF, increased risk of flooding, severe storms, & extended period of drought in our semi-arid climate.
I believe City Council should schedule official meetings & study sessions w/ our immigrant & minority communities at their community meeting areas. The City should go to disenfranchised communities, rather than expecting disenfranchised communities to always come to the City. I would add multi-language interpreters to such meetings, to address language barriers. I would like to see more representation from disenfranchised communities on City boards & commissions. I think that a pre-cursor to incorporating disenfranchised voices is creating a safe environment. I think the Boulder Human Relations Commission statement condemning racist violence & bigotry is a good start. I am encouraged by the work done thus far through Boulder’s Homeless Strategy Framework. I support the continued evolution of this process. I support robust support systems for Boulder residents living in poverty. I’m glad that Boulder takes these matters seriously. We need to continue to reach out & do more.
One of the big drivers for Council districts or wards is that many residents don’t feel represented by Council. That may be the primary issue. It’s a big concern to me, and it’s one of the main reasons I’m running for Council. So I would focus on fixing this elemental issue, first. I’d start by asking people why they don’t feel represented by Council. I would seek to make Council much more responsive to people. When people feel under-represented, it’s natural to look for solutions. A district system could be one, but it, like any other policy course, would need to undergo a 360 degree examination before switching to it. If we had an abundance of candidates running from each part of Boulder, I think districts could hold promise. The concern I’ve heard from people is that if they live in, say, East Boulder, there might be only one candidate running from East Boulder. Unopposed candidates won’t necessarily give us better representation, simply by virtue of living in a certain area.
This is a very important question, at this juncture of politics in our country, and I thank you for asking it. Upon entering the 2017 Boulder City Council election, I immediately took the “public option pledge,” by which candidates voluntarily agree to limit their fundraising and spending to a very low amount. My campaign has received a total of two $100 donations from small businesses, and one $100 donation from a citizen’s groups. Everything else for my campaign has come from private citizen donations. I am a small business owner, and my small business has absolutely no relation to any projects or policy directions of the City of Boulder. I am not affiliated with any corporations. That could explain my lack of endorsements from corporate-sponsored group. On the other hand, I was honored to receive many endorsements from citizen groups, neighborhood groups, small businesses, and the Boulder Area Labor Council. A central theme in my campaign is that Council is there to serve Boulder.
Background Boulder is my home and I hope to live here for the rest of my life. I was drawn to Boulder to work with Al Gore’s The Climate Reality Project. Like many of you, I was immediately captivated by Boulder’s welcoming sense of community, the thriving job market, and the abundant open spaces that fed my outdoor recreation habit. I’ve had the good fortune to also work at Naropa University and Ball Aerospace—two major pillars in our community—and to improve the community around me through a variety of volunteer and appointed positions. I'm running for City Council to bring a progressive voice to City Council on the issues of Safety, Mobility, and Vitality. For the last two years, I have served as the chairman of the Transportation Advisory Board, where I have worked alongside neighborhood associations, think tanks, and community groups to propel an agenda focused on safer streets for all users and reducing carbon emissions. As a member of the Chamber’s Community Affairs Council, I serve alongside three dozen business and civic leaders across the entire spectrum to discuss and debate the most pressing public policy issues facing Boulder. I also serve on the Marijuana Advisory Panel and am a board member on the Boulder Ensemble Theater Company. I’m running to bring a progressive voice to Council to make our neighborhood streets and civic spaces safer, to promote innovative transportation solutions with wider accessibility so we can reduce traffic congestion and carbon emissions, and to sustain the vitality of our economy through smart growth and middle-income housing strategies while retaining our sense of community.
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1) Housing affordability. We have a major middle income housing crisis unfolding in Boulder. If elected, I would be the first renter in more than four decades--this is especially incredible when considering that more than half of Boulder rents. 2) Traffic congestion. Most people believe that traffic congestion has never been worse. And with more than 50,000 in-commuters coming into Boulder every day, we feel the pain of this traffic congestion every day. If elected, I would be the first Transportation Board member on Council in more than two decades. 3) Aging in place. As a Council member, I will focus on the distinct needs of our aging population, and to understand what is required for our community to age in place with dignity and affordably. This includes distinct services unique to our elders, including transportation, recreation facilities, and housing.
Through my various public service and volunteer roles, I have seen firsthand the importance of proactive civic engagement, openness and transparency, and a willingness to listen. As the Chair of TAB, I have proactively forged close relationships with neighborhood associations & advocacy groups to promote transparency, accountability, and innovation in our transportation policies that promote safer streets. I will bring these same skills to ensure we are speaking for those without a voice.

As an example, TAB recently reinstated the Neighborhood Speed Mitigation Program. The goal of NSMP is to make neighborhood streets safer by reducing automobile traffic speeds and creating improved passage for bicyclists and pedestrians, while balancing the need to maintain emergency response times. The public process was critical: we held numerous Town Halls throughout town, and actively solicited more than 1000 in-person and online comments.
I believe Boulder still benefits from a broad, community-wide perspective that considers the best interests of the entire community. In the last two years, Boulder’s Council has made great strides engaging the entire community on a more pro-active basis, and has increasingly moved away from narrowly or pre-determined interests and toward a progressive view of good governance – we need to sustain this forward momentum. I am very open to exploring optional city governance models that includes a mix of district and at-large representatives, as well as the potential for direct mayoral elections. I believe the district representatives would help ensure there is a voice for all areas of Boulder on issues that directly impact their local environment, while providing enough community-wide representation to avoid the domination of parochial tendencies.
I have an extensive public record as a member (and now chair) of the Transportation Advisory Board, as a board member of the Boulder Ensemble Theater Company, as an appointed member of the Marijuana Advisory Panel, and as a member of the Boulder Chamber's Community Affairs Council. In each of these roles, I have demonstrated my approach to level, moderate, and balanced approaches that take into consideration community feedback, data and evidence, and best practices

I have never, nor will I ever be, a tool for corporations or special interest groups. In fact, I have spent more than 20 years working for nonprofit organizations, such as the United Nations and global humanitarian NGOs. My commitment to standing up for those without a voice is firm.
Background My name is Adam Swetlik, I’m 30 years old and originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin. I came to Boulder in 2006 to attend CU’s Leeds School of Business. Boulder is unlike any place I’ve been, and I was instantly attracted to its beauty, progressive attitude and focus on health and wellness. My time at CU was shared in part with Colorado Crew. Being a rower taught me what it meant to strive for a purpose, a discipline I’ve since applied across my life. After four years of waking up for 5:30 a.m. practice, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business, an emphasis in marketing and a deep appreciation for a good Boulder sunrise. After graduation I accepted the role of Head Men’s Coach for Colorado Crew. I served four rewarding years as coach, watching my team learn and grow together. In 2010, I took what I thought would be a temporary job at SparkFun Electronics, a Boulder company started by CU alumnus Nathan Seidle. SparkFun was a startup at the time, with the mission of bringing creativity and invention into as many people’s lives as possible. Seven years later, I’m now SparkFun’s Product Marketing Manager, and I support that mission every day. I also have a weekend job as a doorman at Boulder’s Walrus Saloon, where I help provide a safe environment for patrons. Having multiple jobs is a necessity for me to live in the city I love, as it is for many in Boulder. Today I’m working for a seat on the City Council because I have seen and experienced some of the serious challenges Boulder citizens face. The 2016 election season was a true awakening to me showing progressive values are the best way to reduce inequality. We need a council that represents all members of our community, including younger and lower-income residents, who face a growing affordable housing shortage. After renting and saving for 10 years, I was fortunate to purchase a one-bedroom condo, a prospect that is becoming increasingly difficult or impossible for many Boulder residents. The majority of people I know work several jobs, but have little hope of living where they work in the long term, let alone owning property. Commuting has become a requirement for most, not a choice. I see opportunities for advancement or homeownership going only to those who can afford the formidable price tag. Without a quick change in direction, Boulder will lose any remaining affordability for the average citizen.
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The three largest issues facing Bolder in the next five years are housing affordability and supply, lack of diverse representation for all citizens of Boulder, and living up to our moral obligation of protecting the most vulnerable members of our community.

Currently Boulder has a 60% in-commuter rate and a major lack of low and middle income housing. This produces major problems like congested streets and carbon emissions. This also drives lower-wage citizens from our City and contributes to a major lack of diversity. We must add thousands of units to rebalance the equation and give people a chance to live where they work.

Many problems stem from the lack of diversity in age, race and income level on Council. We must provide a way for a broader set of people to represent our City.

The prevalence of homelessness in our community shows the failure of our progressive City to give opportunities to those in need and offer a path to homeownership.
Again this problem starts with better representation. We either need to pay Council members a living wage so anyone can make it their full time job or substantially reduce the workload so serving could be a second job. Until either of these happen the system will be skewed to only allowing independently wealthy people represent our City. In the meantime I hope to improve upon our feedback systems and make community feedback an easier process through expanded use of social media and website forms. I'd also like to make the public comment section of meetings more accessible so people don't have to wait late into the evening to make their voices heard.
While a ward system may provide better representation for a specific neighborhood I think it may keep a diversity of ideas from Council. A ward system will make people only care about the problems in their district, not the City as a whole. Also the same members may be constantly reappointed more easily in a Ward system where an at large system allows newcomers a better chance to be elected. We should have a system of subcommunity planning with sub community leaders to inform Council about the best solutions for a neighborhood's issues.
I do not agree with our current campaign financing rules. While I believe the $100 donation limit per person is great, the existence of unofficial campaign committees forces candidates into slates who are backed by additional funds from special interests. These small town Super-Pacs are the opposite of what local elections should represent. Candidates should have the same spending cap and represent their personal ideals. Whether or not I get a seat on Council I will be fighting for this principle that should be a norm in local elections.
Background Sam Weaver is the CEO and a co-founder of Cool Energy, Inc. (, a clean energy equipment company located in Boulder, CO. The main applications of Cool Energy’s products are waste heat recovery, biomass, and solar power, and the scale of the equipment is designed for on-site and remote power generation. The Cool Energy products are based on a novel Stirling engine configuration which maximizes efficiency at low to medium temperatures. Prior to his time as an entrepreneur and involvement in start-up businesses, Sam was employed for ten years as a professional researcher in the electrical engineering department at CU-Boulder. He holds a B.S. from the California Institute of Technology, and is an inventor named on twenty-five issued U.S. patents. On the civic service front, Sam served on the Sugarloaf Volunteer Fire Department for 15 years, serving 2 years as Chief of the department. In the City of Boulder, Sam served two years on the Planning Board before being elected to City Council in 2013.
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Reducing carbon emissions city-wide, addressing the availability of affordable housing for lower and middle income resident, and social justice issues such as living wages.
I would lean heavily on our Human Relations Commission to advise Council on the best measures to reach out to the disenfranchised groups. Actions already in place include multi-lingual city materials, but should be expanded to include active outreach to disenfranchised groups. Taking action by declaring Boulder a sanctuary city, and requesting that our Federal representatives support DACA are other ways the City can support those who might fear racial discrimination.
I am not in favor of wards - I believe that having all representatives feel that they need to consider City-wide interests keep parochial concerns from dominating City debates.
Boulder has very strong campaign finance laws, which limit contributions to $100. Almost all of my contributions have come from natural people, not corporations. I am committed to support of affordable housing in Boulder and that sometimes puts me at odds with corporations. That is OK - representing the people is why I stand for election, and if that means having some corporate animus towards me, that is part of the role.
Background BS Mechanical Engineering, UTEP; MS Mechanical Engineering, Cal-Berkeley; BA Italian Studies, CU. I was christened Maria Dolores Gutiérrez, someone started calling me Mary in high school and it stuck. Throughout my first term, I have brought my unique skills, experience and perspective to the Boulder City Council. I am the eldest of five first-generation children of Mexican immigrants, my first language was Spanish, and I grew up in the Mexican-American milieu of El Paso, Texas. In 1978, while studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso, IBM recruited me for a summer internship at IBM. After graduating, I received job offers ranging from designing calculators for Texas Instruments to a management program with General Electric. I chose Bell Laboratories in Denver and commuted there from Boulder. In 1982, after earning my Master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, I returned to Boulder and have lived here ever since. My love of community and place inspired my departure from the engineering field to pursue a path in the non-profit sector. Since then, I have held positions with organizations including Growing Gardens of Boulder County and Via Mobility Services. I served on the board of eGo CarShare and for three years I participated in committees that award grants for the Community Foundation of Boulder County. In 2012, I was chosen for a Rose Community Foundation fellowship and in 2016 directed the One Action 2016: Arts + Immigration Project. I was Chair and a member of the volunteer citizen City of Boulder Planning Board for nearly five years until my election to the Boulder City Council in 2013. From November 17, 2015 through November 15, 2016, I served as Mayor Pro Tem. My volunteerism and leadership reflect my desire to build community and connection for all. In my spare time, I read council packets (occasionally sneaking in a non-fiction book), meet with constituents, grow vegetables, cook, swim, hike, take my dog on long walks and practice yoga.
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1. Displacement and eviction of lower and moderate income residents due to rising rents exacerbated by our country's rising income inequality.

2. Loss of small local businesses that provide important everyday services due to rising rents likely due to rising property taxes.

3. Commercial growth's failure to pay for its impacts, exacerbating 1 and 2 above.
I have been doing my best to represent the voices described in your question. For example:

1. I had the city manager re-open the Public Participation Working Group such that the group more closely represented the ethnic and racial make-up of our community.

2. I worked with the city manager and staff to address the potential negative wage impact of a change in parking garage fee management to create a nighttime parking permit program pilot currently in effect.

3. I worked with a committee of mostly Native people to develop and bring forward the Indigenous People's Day resolution.

4. The city recently hired its first Diversity Officer. She is tasked with taking a systems approach to issues of discrimination. Modern racial discrimination is buried deeply in our institutions and I hope to work with Renata to begin dismantling them within the City of Boulder.

I will continue to do my best to develop more and deeper relationships to garner trust for candid conversations.
It is bad for democracy. Local elected representatives in a town the size of Boulder should listen to and be available to all residents. A single ward/district does not represent the whole picture, yet I believe solutions to local issues should take a holistic and long term view.

With wards/districts budgets would begin to reflect pet projects of certain council members.

Council pay comes out of the general fund and therefore contributed to by all members of our community and not a particular segment, reperesentation should follow suite.

Personally, I would never have run for council had it been to represent one ward.
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