I’ve been involved for several years as an advocate for equity in housing and transportation challenges in Boulder, have served on a city board, and want to get involved further.
I’ve written about why and how these goals are important to me:
- I want to work to help Boulder meet its ideals on climate change and housing
- I want Boulder to be open and inclusive as the city continues to evolve
- I want to build a coordinated vision between housing and transportation
- I want to work for more affordable housing options that fit with Boulder’s neighborhoods
I’ve been proud to work with several groups and boards on these issues the past few years:
- Community Cycles Advocacy Committee
- Better Boulder Steering Committee
- Boulder Community Housing Association
- City of Boulder Landmarks Board
Who I am and what distinguishes me as a candidate for city council:
I have lived in Boulder less than 10 years
I’ve lived in Boulder long enough to become part of the culture and people, but still have an outside perspective. I’m part of the next generation of people coming to Boulder, bringing new energy to serve the community and carry our values forward
I am an economist by education
I live and breathe economics because I want to understand people through understanding markets, constraints, and relative-choice decisions. Being data-driven helps take the emotional component out and not be driven by fear or anger. I respond with dispassionate evaluation, and then a passionate response supported by data.
I am part of the younger generation (35) and don’t yet have a family
Many in my generation have not started a family, or greatly delayed one—particularly in Boulder with high housing prices and few options to stay for the long-term. I plan to stay in Boulder and make the city work as many in my peer group are making hard choices to live in other communities to purchase a home or start a family.
I live in multi-family housing and don’t own a car
Like many in Boulder, I value experiences over possessions and material things, which is especially true of the younger generation. I value having a smaller footprint, living in a strong community, and sharing. Many in Boulder make sacrifices in order to live here. Giving up items like a larger place to live or the convenience of a car is both necessary for me to live in Boulder and also a choice to be efficient, low-cost, healthy, and find creative solutions to marry my values with how I live.
I am open, transparent, and work to help educate and bring people in.
Although I’m not unique in these attributes, I’ve spent much of my time and effort to help inform people who aren’t in the standard circles and bringing them into the conversation. I’m always looking for new and creative ways to meet and connect with more people in the community, getting involved in new groups and putting myself out there, listening. I’m always seeking out people who are creative, value education, progressive, engage ideas and conversation, curious, adventurous, courageous, driving toward evolution, progress, equality, community, inclusiveness, and creative solutions.
You can connect with me on Twitter at @ericmbudd.