Maureen Denig, the Republican, is an intelligent, articulate candidate. She just has different values than most of us. She opposes moratoria on oil and gas drilling. She hasn’t seen proof that any purported health symptoms have been caused by oil/gas drilling or hydraulic fracturing (fracking). Denig opposes the passage of a local climate action plan. She is worried that the county being in the water business could let commissioners withhold water from farmers who plant genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and that’s too much governmental control.
Well, you can stop right there. Deb Gardner has a proven track record of supporting Boulder County values in the state Legislature, and she already has the better part of a year under her belt, since she was appointed in early 2012. She appreciates the need to regulate fracking and transition away from GMOs, among other things. Libertarian Audrey Bray did not return calls.