I am running for Boulder City Council because I believe now more than ever our community needs bold, progressive leaders to help shape the future of our City. After more than a decade of community advocacy, volunteerism, and business experience, I am ready to be that leader!
If elected, I will work to create:
- A Boulder that is inclusive of a wide range of incomes;
- A Boulder that is powered by 100% renewable energy;
- A Boulder that recognizes and supports its small businesses;
- A Boulder that supports its most vulnerable populations;
- A Boulder that embraces the arts and encourages creativity and expression;
- A Boulder that preserves and enhances its Open Space Legacy;
- A Boulder that preserves its history and beauty while being flexible and open to new ideas, new housing models, new modes of transportation, and our ever expanding share economy.
A little bit more about me: I am the mother of two young boys, Ryder and Treker, both of whom help inform my vision for the future of our community. I moved to Boulder 11 years ago after completing my degree in Political Science at The College of William & Mary. I quickly fell in love with Boulder's natural beauty, creative spirit and commitment to the environment. My first year here I taught civics at The Watershed School where I engaged with my students in community issues and volunteered with Meals on Wheels. Later, I joined the Board of New Era Colorado where I served for five years registering voters, fighting for marriage equality and campaigning for Local Power. Through New Era I helped launch a campaign to reduce disposable bags. That campaign resulted in our bag fee ordinance, which has prevented thousands of bags from entering our landfill.
I am currently the Vice Chair of the City of Boulder Board of Zoning Adjustments and serve on the board of Thistle Communities, a non-profit dedicated to bringing more affordable housing to Boulder. For the last few years I have worked as an advocate for our mobile home communities, helping save dozens of families from eviction, and ultimately working with state legislators to help pass a bill to save mobile homes from tax lien investors.
I am a lifetime member of The Sierra Club and Historic Boulder, and I have been named one of the top "40 under Forty young professionals who are shaping the future of the Boulder Valley" by BizWest.
In addition to my vision for Boulder and community leadership that I bring to the table, I ask that you consider the following:
- I am openly bisexual. Boulder has not had any openly LGBTQ City Council members in more than four decades. Each year the Human Rights Campaign ranks cities across the country for their commitment to equality, and each year Boulder loses a point due to lack of leadership representing this important demographic.
- I have young children. My boys are the loves of my life, and I believe that our children inform our decision making in important ways. I am fighting for their futures as well as yours! Right now only two council members have young children at home, and Andrew Shoemaker - who is not running for re-election - is one of them.
- I am 35 years old. More than 50% of Boulder residents are between the ages of 25 and 43, and we do not have a single council member representing that demographic. The City of Boulder has a stated goal of gender diversity on council, and I believe that age diversity is just as important.
- I am a real estate professional. With housing and development as two of our most important issues to tackle in the coming years, it is important to have someone on council who understands these issues from a first hand perspective. I am deeply versed in the fabric of our neighborhoods, and I have worked in our mobile home communities and in our permanently affordable program. I want to protect the beauty and integrity of our City, while making Boulder more accessible to a wider range of incomes.
Please check out the rest of my website and feel free to reach out to me with any questions. I would love to hear from you - and I would love your vote!