Boulder clean-energy advocate Lisa C. Smith says she’s running for the House District 13 seat being vacated by Speaker KC Becker next year.
Becker, also a Boulder resident and Democrat, is term-limited.
A Boulder native, Smith is a former member of the city’s Urban Renewal Advisory Board and currently serves on Boulder County’s Cultural Council, which distributes tax money to arts and sciences programs.
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Smith comes from the New Era political group that has tained such lawmakers as state Sen. Steve Fenberg of Boulder, U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse of Boulder and state Rep. Leslie Herod of Denver.
Smith has two master’s degrees from the University of Colorado Denver, one in public administration and another in urban and regional planning. Her undergraduate degree is from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.
She is a 2017 graduate of Emerge Colorado’s training program for Democratic women candidates. She serves on the executive board of the Democratic Women of Boulder County.
“Public service is what I do,” Smith said in a statement Monday. “I am running to make House District 13 Colorado’s leader in confronting climate change, ensuring health care for all, making housing affordable, protecting human rights, transforming transportation, and rebuilding the middle class.
“We face immediate and existential challenges, but I also see great cause for hope.”
So far only businesswoman Judy Amabile of Boulder, also a Democrat, is the only other candidate who has filed paperwork with the Secretary of State’s Office in House District 13.
Though anchored by the city of Boulder (west of Broadway), House District 13 sprawls across Boulder, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Grand and Jackson counties.