Thank you so much for your incredible support.
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.
Boulder Transportation Advisory Board
I am honored to serve as chairman of the Transportation Advisory Board (TAB). Like many, I was shaken by the tragic hit-and-run death of cyclist and father Bill Davis, and have made safer streets for all users my greatest priority. While on TAB, I have forged close working relationships with neighborhood associations, advocacy groups such as Community Cycles and Cyclists 4 Community, the Downtown Business Partnership and the Chamber of Commerce, think tanks, and climate experts to promote transparency, accountability, and innovation in our transportation policies that promote safer streets. Most recently, as an important step forward in these transportation safety efforts, I was proud to join my fellow TAB members in recommending reinstatement of the Neighborhood Speed Mitigation Program. The NSMP will help 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.
Marijuana Advisory Panel
I also serve the community as an appointed member of the Marijuana Advisory Panel. Serving alongside representatives from Boulder Valley School District, Boulder Public Health, CU, patients’ rights organizations, cannabis store owners and operators, we delivered more than three dozen unanimous recommendations to create more sensible and transparent rules and regulations for Boulder businesses, while strengthening protections for the health of our children. I understand that good policy takes time, and requires listening with an appreciation for diverse perspectives, soliciting the views of experts, and bringing an openness to compromise. These are values that I will bring to my work on City Council.
Boulder Chamber’s Community Affairs Council
As a member of this community, I recognize that a thriving economy which provides jobs and a stable tax base is equally critical to a high quality of life. That is why, as a member of Boulder Chamber’s Community Affairs Council, I work closely with more than three dozen civic and business leaders to thoughtfully address issues that impact our economic health, ranging from topics as diverse as community development, energy, environment, and the workforce. At all times, the full consideration of our community’s environmental and social values goes hand-in-hand with our economic needs. That is why I am pleased that our community continues to support appropriate business taxation that invests the benefits of certain economic activity back into the amenities and programs that sustain Boulder’s high quality of life and address important human service needs. Examples include support for the capital investment and culture tax that I hope we will extend this fall, and Boulder County’s recent human service tax extension.
Boulder Ensemble Theater Company
Finally, as a Board member of the Boulder Ensemble Theater Company (BETC), I am an advocate for a thriving arts and culture scene in Boulder. Our investment in the arts serves to enhance Boulder’s position as a beacon for artists, writers, performers, and others, which in turn has a direct effect on tourism, public reputation, and our quality of life. Boulder’s arts and culture scene generates more than $20 million to our economy annually, and is an important part of who we are.