Join Greater Gunbarrel in supporting five City Council candidates who will promote responsible growth.

Brian Dolan

Brian has spent nearly his entire life in Boulder, having grown up here since the age of two. His family has lived in Boulder for four generations and over the last 40 years Brian has seen the City continue to change and evolve. He is proud of his storied past in Boulder and looks forward to being part of its prosperous future. Brian grew up in the BVSD school district and attended the University of Colorado. He spent his childhood exploring the wonderland that is Boulder and now enjoys many of those same activities with a family of his own. You can be sure Brian will work hard to preserve and protect Boulder’s Open Space program, so generations to come can enjoy its beauty. Brian has also worked with many local businesses in the area and is a small business owner himself. He’s concerned about the demise of so many small businesses in Boulder, some of them iconic, due to rapid growth and gentrification, which is also causing displacement of some of our most vulnerable populations and oftentimes their entire neighborhoods.

Brian is actively engaged in the community, and volunteers his time with numerous local organizations, including Share-a-Gift, where he serves as Board Co-President, the National MS Society Colorado-Wyoming Chapter, where he has been an event lead for over ten years, and as an organizer for TEDxBoulder. He loves competing in triathlons, hiking, boxing, adventuring outdoors. Brian greatly appreciates Boulder’s extensive bike path system, and is a strong proponent of alternative transportation methods, such as cycling and E-bikes.

A longtime follower of local issues and politics in Boulder, Brian believes that he offers an unparalleled perspective on where the city has been and the possibilities of where it could go from here. Brian doesn’t want to relive the “glory days”, but rather maintain what is already wonderful about Boulder to ensure it remains one of the best places to live, work, and enjoy the natural surroundings. He wants an inclusive city that welcomes all, while not losing sight of most residents’ desire to keep Boulder a smaller, livable city.

Above all else, Brian appreciates and understands the impact residents can have in their community. He believes an active and engaged community is best, and wants their voices heard before decisions are made concerning them. Brian would be honored to serve on Boulder City Council as an advocate for his neighbors and fellow residents.

 

 

Corina Julca

Corina is a newcomer to Boulder politics, thrust last year into the struggle to prevent displacement and gentrification by the inception of the Boulder Opportunity Zone, which encompasses her family’s rental apartment. A grassroots activist, Corina’s promise as a candidate is to do all in her power to protect the people who are struggling to remain in Boulder, especially the vanishing middle class. She has lived in Boulder for five years and in Colorado for ten.

An immigrant from Peru, Corina aims to bring together a range of communities in Boulder. “I will do my best to be a bridge and to identify the needs of immigrants who are already demoralized and under threat because of the Trump administration.” Corina proposes to preserve market affordable housing through a program to purchase options to buy multi-family buildings. She will spearhead local and regional transportation solutions, including free bus routes and peak rail service to Longmont. And she will serve as a steward of our Open Space and a proponent of smart solutions for reducing Boulder’s carbon footprint.

In Peru, Corina worked as a high school teacher and college instructor. Today she is a full-time mom to two children. As such, she is especially concerned about creating the best conditions for children growing up in Boulder. Corina says she will bring the skills she learned as a teacher to Boulder City Council, where she will listen to the concerns of the residents of Boulder. “Right now, there is a sense that special interests have too much influence on the decision-making process. This has to stop.”

Susan Peterson

Susan is a recently retired professional engineer with worldwide experience leading teams to great success in structural engineering, electronic design automation, telecommunications and renewable energy. She is fearless and funny —a woman who thrived in a male environment — who wants to cut through the fog of municipal decision-making to put citizen input front and center. 

Susan was founder of the business sales program at Renewable Choice Energy, where she was instrumental in the sale of wind energy certificates to Whole Foods, nationwide. She was also former Chair of Thorne Ecological Institute, where she helped bring the City, BVSD, and the non-profit sector together to change Sombrero Marsh from a dump to an environmental education center. Her community experience also includes former PLAN-Boulder County board member, co-founder of “The Blue Line”, a Boulder non-profit, and an activist for fair distribution of subsidies to underprivileged children at Columbine Elementary School.

Susan is passionate about standing up for the things that make Boulder great, as directed by the people who live and work here. Her top priorities begin with better management of growth, development, and traffic. Susan’s grandparents on both sides were farmers. She learned the importance of “carrying capacity” from the ground up, understanding that there is a point beyond which no amount of infrastructure improvements can sustain a healthy community. It’s not a matter of maintaining a certain level of service for those “first in”, as some special interests would have you believe.  Rather, it’s a matter of maintaining the things we value about Boulder, the things that previous generations worked so hard to create and provide for us. For her, that includes respecting and protecting Boulder’s natural beauty, environment, and our beloved Open Space, the crown jewel of our city.

As an avid cyclist, Susan would like to see even more emphasis put on biking more and driving less. Our system of bike paths is a good start, and the bright green bike lane designations showing up around town are great! She will work to increase rider safety and more physically separated bike lanes, and giving EcoPass users a place to lock their bikes at bus stops as great first improvements. She believes that minimizing motor vehicle traffic is one of the key things we need to do to take serious climate action now.

Adam Swetlik

Adam moved to Boulder to attend CU in 2006, and has worked hard to stay here ever since. He’s worked two jobs since graduation, and has seen firsthand the monetization of housing after renting for 10 years. He now owns a small condo, and is committed to bridging the gap in Boulder between the housing opportunities that are growing between the lower, middle and upper-income brackets. Adam is keenly aware of Boulder’s loss of middle and low-income residents, and the call to densify the City with the misguided hope that more supply will mean better housing opportunities for all. He will work hard to attain more affordable housing for middle and lower-income residents alike, and expand the rights and protections of renters so they too have equal access to the enjoyments of living in Boulder. Adam served as Chair of Boulder’s Housing Advisory Board, and as such concluded that only through making development pay for its impact, will we ever provide affordability for lower income workers.

The one main factor that kept Adam here in Boulder was its beautiful open space. He has a deep love for it, enjoys using it, and will fight to protect it for our future generations. He feels it’s the heart of Boulder, and what makes it unique from almost anywhere else.

Adam is ready to stand up to corporate and special interests who would overwhelm our community’s voice. He also believes the existing community engagement process needs a revamp so the community is considered before the decisions are made. Adam serves as Chair of Boulder’s Housing Advisory Board, and as such he concludes that only through making development pay for its impact, will we ever provide affordability for lower income workers.

Mark Wallach

As an avid rock climber for more than 40 years, Mark came to Boulder many times before he and his wife were able to move here. For them, Boulder was a unique city, surrounded by beautiful Open Space, and filled with passionate, committed citizens. They have never regretted that decision. Mark will strive to maintain the world-class system of our Open Space trails, as well as preserve its wildlife corridors and natural habitat that are under threat from rapid growth in the increasing number of visitors.

Mark has been involved in politics and public issues since he was young, including organizing in opposition to the Vietnam War, working on voter registration in Mississippi on behalf of Charles Evers (the first black man to run for state-wide office since Reconstruction), and working as a speechwriter for a U.S. Senator. His educational background consists of a BA from Yale University and a JD from Columbia University. The bulk of Mark’s professional career was spent as a private-sector real estate developer, in which he specialized in adaptive reuse projects – repurposing old commercial buildings into residences in historic landmark districts. As a result, none of the projects he worked on involved the demolition of existing buildings to be replaced by more modern ones, which is a more environmentally sound practice.

In Boulder, Mark has served as a member on the Advisory Committee to the City Council on Development-Related Impact Fees. As a result of that work, the Council ultimately raised the fees from $9.00 to $30.00 per square foot, raising additional resources for affordable housing. Mark will work hard on City Council for the implementation and expansion of affordable housing in Boulder. He remains keenly aware of the pressures for further growth and development, and will seek to balance those with the preservation of Boulder as a unique, small city.

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