Ask anyone running for office what their big issue is and they’ll tell you, “It’s the economy, stupid.” While most candidates agree that creating jobs and getting through the recession are key concerns from the county level to Congress, there are other big ones as well. Having a well-funded state educational system is one. Energy and environmental issues are others. Social issues like civil unions and legalizing marijuana are hot topics this election season, as is the controversial practice of fracking for natural gas (as well as attempts by at least one city—Longmont—to ban it altogether).
Wading into the fray are nearly 40 candidates in the Boulder County/North Metro region for offices as varied as U.S. Representative and CU Regent. Yellow Scene caught up with most to get a taste of their motivations, their priorities and their past accomplishments.
(Candidates we endorse are in bold type.)