Broomfield Sees First Candidate in Mayoral Race
Former Broomfield mayor Patrick Quinn has entered the race for a seat he previously held for three terms.
Quinn, who was elected mayor in 2007 and served through 2013, filed a candidate affidavit and committee registration Thursday. He is the first to enter the 2019 mayor race.
Quinn has had a more than 40-year career as a certified public accountant and now mostly does contract work as a chief financial officer.
He has served on the Broomfield Open Space and Trails committee and previously served on the Boulder County Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee started in 1988 when parts of Broomfield were still in Boulder County. In the 1980s, he also was on the School Improvement Team for Birch Elementary.
Quinn also served on Broomfield Oil and Gas Comprehensive Plan Update Committee, which came up with recommendations on best practices and aided in negotiations with Extraction Oil & Gas, Inc.
“I never gave up being active in the community,” he said.
“I think that people approached me (about running for office) because I have a nonpartisan, consensus-driven leadership style,” Quinn said. “I think people liked that when I was mayor and liked when I was on the task force.”
Over the past few years, Broomfield has seen more partisan politics, he said, and has not been working together as much as it did five or six years ago.
“Broomfield has a history of working together,” he said. “We’ve done stuff no other communities have done.”
Quinn also served on the board of U.S. 36 Commuting Solutions, a nonprofit organization advocating for transportation issues in the northwest Denver-metro area for about a year.
The mayor may serve three consecutive two-year terms. Council members may serve two consecutive four-year terms.
Mayor Randy Ahrens, who took the position in 2013 following Quinn, is term limited and could not run for re-election this year.
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