Jonathan Singer to Run for Boulder County Commissioner’s Seat

February 1, 2019

State Rep. Jonathan Singer, a Longmont Democrat, has announced his candidacy for the Boulder County Commissioners District 2 seat that will be up for election in 2020.

“I’ve worked my whole life on the front lines serving Boulder County,” Singer said in a news release.

“We have an amazing progressive community that’s committed to protecting the environment and social justice. However, I also know too many people in our community are living paycheck to paycheck and struggling to afford health care, housing, and child care.”

A Boulder County Democratic Party vacancy committee appointed Singer to the Legislature’s House District 11 seat in January 2012 after Deb Gardner resigned that seat to become a county commissioner. Singer then won election to the House seat in 2012 and was re-elected in 2014, 2016 and last year.

Singer will be seeking to succeed Gardner as county commissioner.

Gardner is term-limited and cannot seek re-election, and term limits prohibit Singer from seeking re-election to the Colorado House of Representatives.

Singer is a former child protection social worker for Boulder County Human Services.

“As a middle-class parent, I understand the challenges that many families face. I have two kids under the age of 5. As a former caseworker I know how hard it can be for those struggling to pay for health care or deal with addiction and mental health,” he said.

“It’s going to take leadership and a real vision to protect what we love about Boulder County and also make sure it’s more welcoming for everyone. I hope the voters will support me so I can keep serving the community I love.”

Singer is the second candidate to announce for the seat.

Longmont Democrat Marta Loachamin, a Realtor and community activist, filed her candidacy affidavit on Nov. 8.

Loachamin in a November interview said that while this is her first bid for elected office, “my experience is in a lot of different sectors” — banking, mortgage finance, real estate and teaching — that she could apply to the commissioner’s post.

“I’m not a professional politician,” but “I’m very active in the community,” she said. “My life has been about serving the community.”

No other candidates have announced that they will be running next year for the District 2 seat.

While each of Boulder County’s three commissioners has to live within specific geographic areas of the county, they are chosen in countywide elections. District 2 includes a northern Boulder County area that stretches from Allenspark in the west to Longmont in the east and includes Lyons and Hygiene.

John Fryar: 303-684-5211, jfryar@times-call.com or twitter.com/jfryartc

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