Crucial Elections in Boulder

by Jon Sirkis, IPG Political Committee

Residents of Boulder are in the midst of one of the most important elections for the local environment in many years. Several important issues will be on the ballot, including extension of the city sales tax for open space and an initiative to raise fees for real estate development.

Six of nine city council seats are up for grabs in an election that may determine Boulder's course for years to come. Only three incumbents are running, and the complexion of the council could change radically from the pro-environment, growth control stance that has prevailed for two decades. The business community has several candidates. The leading environmental candidate is Will Toor, director of the CU Environmental Center in Boulder.

The Indian Peaks group has endorsed the environmental initiatives and was completing endorsements of council candidates as Peak & Prairie went to press. The Bugle & Outings Gazette will have information. Publication has been rescheduled from September 1 to October 15 to include this critical election information. IPG members should look for their Bugle in mid- to late October. In late October the group will host a forum with endorsed candidates and on ballot issues, time and place to be announced. For information call Barry Satlow, (303) 442-1006 or 442-3535.

What You Can Do: For more information on these critical campaign activities and to volunteer, contact IPG Political Chair Susan LeFever, (303) 443-5482.