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|October 30-November 5, 2008
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20th Judicial District, Office 1
Democrat Stan Garnett is running unopposed for District Attorney in the 20th Judicial District. As district attorney, Garnett plans to be tough on violent criminals, sexual predators and major drug dealers. He believes in rehabilitative and restorative-justice programs that will allow those such as juveniles and minor drug offenders the opportunity to serve the community, while still being held accountable for their actions. Garnett would like to see Boulder on the cutting edge of DNA technology and sees it as a powerful tool to both prosecute the guilty and exonerate the innocent. To combat gangs and organized crime, Garnett would like to implement alternative youth programs. In the face of environmental crimes, Garnett maintains that he will prosecute them to the fullest extent based on the firm belief that they are not “victimless crimes.”
Regional Transportation District Director
Lee Kemp is running unopposed for the position of Director for RTD’s District I, which represents citizens in Boulder, Broomfield, Adams and parts of Weld counties. Kemp is the current director of that district and is seeking to be re-elected for the four-year position. A resident of Broomfield, Kemp also is general manager of transit products for Stewart & Stevenson, LLC. He has previously served as chairman for both the Transit Research Board and Transit Committee.
University of Colorado Regent,
Congressional District 2
Democratic candidate Joe Neguse believes that every child in Colorado should have the opportunity to attend the University of Colorado. Neguse is the son of immigrants and says he knows first hand the opportunities that education can provide. He believes that access to higher education is an essential part of Colorado’s future. Neguse wants to increase financial aid, develop better community relations and improve academic quality.
Neguse has served on the board of the Boulder Housing Authority, is the co-founder and former board chair of New Era Colorado, is a former CU tri-executive/student body president and is a member of CU’s alumni board of directors. Neguse promises to work within the community to improve CU and to visit every high school in the 2nd Congressional District “to share the message that the University of Colorado is open to all.”
Republican candidate Jerry Reed from Granby, Colo., has been a math and science teacher at the high school and junior college level for 32 years in Oklahoma and Colorado, and he has three children who have gone through college. Reed says his experience in the education system has given him the knowledge necessary to fill the Regent position. Reed believes that one of the most important issues in the near future is to make sure that students are not allowed to carry firearms on campus. He says that he generally does not support gun control, but he believes students with firearms will bring more danger to campus than safety. Reed also believes that there should be more funding, scholarships and low-interest loans available for students from low-income families. He says that all students who have the desire to attend college in Colorado should be allowed to.
For too many years the Board of Regents has operated like an old boys’ club, with fusty conservatives viewing students and faculty with suspicion and sometimes hostility, while serving as a rubber stamp to CU’s administration. Past regents who challenged this standard operating procedure include Jim Martin and Cindy Carlisle. Although Jerry Reed has compelling qualifications, we want someone on the Board of Regents who can challenge the status quo and bring the focus back onto the students and education.
Vote for Joe Neguse.
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