Why I’m Running

Boulder County is a beautiful place to live. We have mountains, pastures, roaring creeks and an extensive network of bike paths and hiking trails. But despite these riches, we can do better. We need to do a better job at making it possible for people with diverse incomes, cultural experiences and languages to live here. The cost of owning or renting a home is beyond reach of too many, and over 50,000 families are spending more than half their income just to have a roof over their heads. More than a quarter of the population cannot make ends meet, despite working sometimes multiple jobs. The gap between the income of Boulder County’s white population and income of people of color is unconscionable. Congested roads threaten the economic prosperity that has helped provide the rich amenities we all enjoy. And climate change is causing catastrophic weather events right now, not in the distant future.

During a second term as a County Commissioner my priorities will be the following:

  • Increase access to affordable housing by implementing new affordable housing funds through the Boulder County Regional Housing Partnership.
  • Make tangible progress on electrifying buildings and transitioning Boulder County’s fleet to elective vehicle.
  • Enact a dedicated funding stream for mental and behavioral health services so that anyone in crisis or who needs service can receive them regardless of their income and insurance coverage.
  • Address the housing and mental and behavioral health treatment needs of the unhoused population that are most costly to our community.
  • Find a permanent source of funding for a basic monthly income for families with young children that are at or below the federal poverty level.

To read more about my goals, click here.

Proven Leadership

Claire has over 25 years experience serving the people of Boulder and Colorado as a volunteer, as a legislator, a policy advocate and as a community activist.

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