This column is the first of a two-part series. For most recent information, see Part 2.
The public now knows all of the official candidates for the Town of Lyons election, with two people competing on the mayoral ballot, and eight competing for the six trustee seats on the Lyons Board of Trustees. There could still be changes in candidates before the April 7 election, however. According to information in a town press release, February 3 is the last day to file a write-in candidate affidavit, and February 4 is the last day for a candidate to withdraw from the election.
So where do these currently verified candidates stand on affordable housing? I have sent out a request to all candidates asking if they have affordable housing platforms for their campaigns and what proposals they support in the Town of Lyons for affordable housing. As soon as I have a response from all candidates, I’ll write a more in-depth column about their stances.
Both mayoral candidates have a history of supporting affordable housing initiatives (Jocelyn Farrell on the Board of Trustees and Nick Angelo on the Planning and Community Development Commission), so I won’t go into the mayoral race.
For now, we can see the track record of several trustee candidates as supporters of affordable housing. The following candidates for the Board of Trustees have strong experience and a history of supporting affordable housing in Lyons and Boulder County:
Mark Browning has supported affordable housing issues before the Board of Trustees and the Planning and Community Development Commission, and he volunteers regularly with Habitat for Humanity.
Wendy Miller served on the Lyons Special Housing Committee in 2015-2016 and ran as a trustee on a platform supporting affordable housing. She was elected on that platform in 2016 and again in 2018. She is the board liaison to the Lyons Housing & Human Services Commission.
Mike Karavas has supported affordable housing issues before the Board of Trustees in his two terms as a trustee.
Hollie Rogin speaks in support of affordable housing issues on the Planning and Community Development Commission, and she has previously served on the PLAN-Boulder County board, which has identified an affordable housing position.
Look for future columns (See Part 2) that delve into all the trustee candidates and where they stand on affordable housing. As I wrote last week, we need taxpayer-subsidized affordable rentals like Summit’s proposal for Lyons Valley Park. Electing trustees who understand affordable housing will help our town face the challenges before us.