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Thursday, October 17,2013

Election Guide 2013: Coombs for Longmont Mayor

By Boulder Weekly Staff

Longmont Mayor

Bryan Baum
Dennis Coombs

This one is pretty much a no-brainer. Incumbent Dennis Coombs, co-owner of the Pumphouse Brewery, has done a decent job in his first term, certainly an improvement over former Mayor Bryan Baum’s performance. We found Coombs’ responses to our election questionnaire persuasive. Of course, we had nothing to compare them to, since Baum declined to respond. And no, that’s not the same as not having the time to reply before press time. His wife Stephanie said he chose not to respond to our questions.

No matter. Baum likely wouldn’t have gotten our endorsement anyway, given his conservative, moneyed, “old guard” track record, from his support of the LifeBridge Christian Church expansion in 2009 to his opposition to backyard chickens. Also recall that he was one of the seven former Longmont mayors who participated in an ad blitz to oppose Question 300 last year, the ban against hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” If you missed it, or need a reminder and a good chuckle, the supporters of 300 put out a dandy video back then: http://bit.ly/SevenMayors.

We support the more progressive Coombs.

View all of Boulder Weekly's endorsements here.

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