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Rocky Mountain Chapter

IPG makes endorsements for Boulder City Council

By Steve Welter
Indian Peaks Group Political Chair

To make our Sierra Club endorsements for the Boulder City Council, we used questionnaires and interviews along with the candidates’ stated views on the environment. As usual, and in compliance with national Sierra Club endorsement guidelines, we also looked at electability.

The following candidates have, in our estimation, the most earnest commitment to sustainability and a capacity to work with others on the Council to achieve environmental goals while running credible campaigns.

Matt Appelbaum

Matt Appelbaum
Matt Appelbaum

Matt’s three decades of experience in local civic affairs make him uniquely qualified to be on the Council. His knowledge of transportation, openspace, affordable housing, budgets, urban planning, environmental protection, resource preservation, human services and regional planning have served Boulder well. Matt has also ably served as mayor for the last few years. He has been invaluable to the effort to municipalize Boulder’s electric supply, asking good questions and bringing good information to the discussion.




Macon Cowles

Macon Cowles
Macon Cowles

Macon has taken courageous stands and asked challenging questions while on the Council. He is willing to argue the tough stances while lookingat city policy through a sustainability lens. Macon has worked hard on improving the city’s bike, pedestrian and transit infrastructure. He is committed to helping Boulderites create 15-minute neighbor- hoods—places where people can get most places they typically need to go by walking there in 15 minutes. Macon also has pushed hard to help the city develop its own municipal power supply, and his insight and experience as an attorney with a long history of environmental advocacy make him a leader in this effort.



Micah Parkin

Micah Parkin
Micah Parkin

Micah brings the commitment and experience of a political activist, mother, and environmentalist to the city of Boulder, and we believe she would be a strong addition to city council. She has a history of working to protect the environment with 350.org and with the Sierra Club (in Louisiana). She is helping to make 350.org an influential force in Colorado and beyond. Micah would bring insight, dedication, intelligence and environmental experience to the city’s management.





Sam Weaver

Sam Weaver
Sam Weaver

Of all the non-incumbent candidates running for city council, Sam knows the most about municipalizing Boulder’s power supply. This makes sense,as Sam runs his own clean energy company. He is currently serving on the city’s Planning Board, serves on Clean Energy Action’s board, and served on the city’s Energy Working Group with Xcel representatives. As a person who runs his own business, he has a unique vision of what Boulder needs in terms of the environment and the economy, and he is committed to helping the city create its own electric utility.




Mary Young

Mary Young
Mary Young

Mary says often that everything is connected to everything else. This simple and insightful statement conveys Mary’s vision; she knows that problems are complex, interconnected and need careful attention as we approach them. She knows that if you fix one thing, you might throw another thing out of sorts. This straight-forward wisdom and language would serve Boulder well. We also were impressed with Mary’s credentials; she is an engineer, a bilingual neighborhood advocate, and serves on the city’s Planning Board, chairing that committee. She would bring unique vision and experience to city council.






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