2021 CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES

After reviewing the issues at hand, plus some hard work evaluating the ten candidates running, Together4Boulder is announcing our endorsements for the Boulder City Council election on November 2, 2021. There are five open seats, so this election is vitally important in guiding the course Boulder will take on a number of these issues. Our goals have not changed – we strive to support candidates who are dedicated to preserving our environment and Boulder’s Open Space, sensible growth that creates housing for lower and middle-incomes, prioritizing public safety, and keeping special interest groups in check rather than in control. 

We’re thrilled to announce our endorsements for this slate of four 2021 city council candidates:

MICHAEL CHRISTY

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Michael brings a unique skill set to the table. These skills were developed through years of public service: active-duty military service, volunteering with the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, volunteering with Boulder’s Community Mediation and Resolution Center, and serving on the Cannabis Licensing and Advisory Board. He has a professional practice as an attorney and mediator. He knows our city faces challenges, including public safety, affordable housing, climate change, and the preservation of our natural environment. He will focus on: 1) ensuring our city has all the necessary tools and resources to maintain safety; 2) proactive, thoughtful, and deliberate growth shown to truly improve affordability and diversity; 3) expanding our multi-modal, bike-friendly infrastructure to reduce emissions; and 4) a commitment to the maintenance and accessibility of our Open Space.

STEVE ROSENBLUM

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Steve is an economist, a mathematician, and a housing and finance expert with twenty years of success bringing people with diverse perspectives and different backgrounds together to solve complex problems. He and his wife have two young daughters, and they are a bi-lingual, multi-cultural family. Steve is passionate about making Boulder a more welcoming community, and believes the diversity in his own family should be reflected within the entire community. His vast, relevant experience, strong values, and ability to take a deep dive into complicated topics will make him a critical voice for progress on housing, transportation, homelessness, climate, and our budget. Steve walks the talk: he’s created safe housing for the formerly unhoused and has been an informed advocate for improving public safety in Boulder.

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Mark has served on Council for the past two years and has approached Council decisions with substantive, data driven focus. He has a well-earned reputation for being the voice of reason and a thoughtful decision maker. His record on Council reflects his strong commitment to strengthening public safety and finding workable solutions for affordable housing. He’s a strong advocate for protecting our Open Space and ensuring Boulder stays on track with its climate goals. Mark works hard and his writings and participation in Council meetings reflect that. Mark is a developer and attorney by profession. He has been married to his wife Joan for 35 years and enjoys rock climbing and good music when he is not reading Council packets.

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Tara has a unique expertise in forming partnerships, listening to people, understanding problems, and developing solutions. She is what you would call “a people person.” Graduating with a B.S. in Economics, she’s owned a successful small business in Boulder for over 25 years. Her love of Boulder has led her to serve on an impressive number of City boards and groups, including Boulder’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB), Chautauqua Access Management Plan, Capital Tax Renewal Advisory Committee, Downtown Boulder Community Initiatives Board, Boulder Urban Renewal Authority, and the Capital Tax Renewal Advisory Committee. Her top priorities as a candidate are increasing public safety while addressing rising crime, economic vitality – especially for small businesses, climate action, sensible growth, and creating affordable housing solutions. Tara and her husband are empty nesters with all three of their daughters living in Boulder County. She’s an avid hiking and biking enthusiast, so you might see her out there.