A Democratic vacancy committee in Boulder-based House District 10 has chosen Junie Joseph as the party’s candidate for the general election.
Joseph, who was elected to the Boulder City Council in 2019 and a former Pro Tem mayor, will replace Rep. Edie Hooton in the November ballot.
Originally from Haiti, she moved to the United States at age 14. She told the committee that she values — and will work for — racial equity, affordable housing, gun safety, reproductive and LGBTQ rights.
Hooton announced Aug. 1 that she would not seek her fourth and final term at the State House, but would complete her term. Hooton said she wanted to spend more time with her husband, who recently retired.
Hooton, herself a member of the vacancies committee, spoke to the group ahead of the nominations. She said she was very impressed with the quality of the candidates who spoke at a Saturday forum, as well as the Monday evening meeting.
Eight people threw their hats into the ring first for the seat. Monday evening, six candidates, including Joseph, were nominated.
Tina Mueh is a 30-year-old science educator, recent PERA board member, and past president of the Boulder Valley Education Association. She said during Monday night’s speeches that she is a committed Democrat and believes that “the most successful legislators have the ability to work on the relationships that are essential to crafting good legislation.” She said the four areas Democrats will focus on are climate change, reproductive rights, education and workers’ rights.
Celeste Landry is a Boulder Democratic Party activist and pro bono lobbyist at the State Capitol. She became a last-minute voter in December 2016, when Micheal Baca was removed from office after voting for Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich instead of winning Democratic presidential candidate from Colorado, Hillary Clinton. Landry told the committee that she is dependable, persistent, collaborative and open-minded and will work across the aisle.
jerry green is an environmentalist and a musician. He criticized some of the city of Boulder’s decisions, saying the main issues in Boulder are homelessness, commuting distance – which he says contributes to the carbon footprint – and a lack of affordable housing. “We have expensive visions,” but little is being done, he said, adding that they should work state and local to keep rents at $650 a month, as well as to pave the way for home ownership. He also called for a government-run health care program.
Lynn Guissinger is the First Vice-Chairman of RTD’s Board of Directors and an appointed Governor to the Regional Air Quality Council. Guissinger told the committee she would draw on her deep knowledge of the community to address issues such as food insecurity and low wages. She said she would also advocate for LGBTQ, reproductive rights and equity. “We need to be bold” on climate change and the attack on democracy, Guissinger added.
Aaron Broket was first elected to Boulder City Council in 2015. He was re-elected in 2019 and elected mayor by the council in November 2019. Brockett has said he will stand up for public schools, stand up for tenants’ rights and housing affordable, and for collective bargaining, and will work to overthrow TABOR.
The committee proceeded to several ballots, the first by vote of approval, during which the voters can choose more than one candidate. State party observers, as well as some candidate representatives, were on hand to monitor the results.
Mueh, Joseph and Brockett advanced to the second round. However, no one got a majority of votes, so Joseph and Mueh faced off for a third round. Joseph won 34 votes against 28 for Mueh.
Joseph will face Republican William DeOreo in November.