William H. Eckert
Dickey Lee Hullinghorst
In this race, a relative political newcomer, Republican Bill Eckert, is taking on Democratic incumbent Dickey Lee Hullinghorst.
While we are somewhat encouraged by the fact that Eckert, more than most of his Republican colleagues, seems to at least acknowledge that climate change, fracking, GMOs and civil unions are issues, he also comes from the Scott Walker school of opposing the state health exchanges created under ObamaCare. He is a fiscal conservative and opposes efforts by the federal government to usurp state powers, which are not necessarily bad things, but here we have to lean toward Hullinghorst, not just because Eckert’s stances are a bit too extreme for Boulder County values, but because Hullinghorst has a proven track record. She has demonstrated experience and dedication to issues that are near and dear to our hearts, including public education, closing corporate loopholes, protecting a woman’s right to choose, civil unions and passing a DREAM-like act for undocumented immigrants who have graduated from high school and were brought here as youngsters.