Boulder Democrat Judy Amabile has announced her candidacy for the Colorado House District 13 seat up for election next year.
Amabile, 60, is seeking to succeed House Speaker KC Becker, in the state legislative seat. Becker, a Boulder Democrat, is term limited and cannot seek re-election in 2020.
"I've made my life in Colorado, raising a family, co-founding Polar Bottle" — a business that manufactures insulated reusable sport water bottles — "and advocating passionately for issues like the environment, access to mental health care, and economic mobility," she said.
"My experience has prepared me to take on this role."
Amabile said if elected she will work to "ensure wages for working families keep up with the costs of housing, health care, child care and college tuition" and to "increase access to mental health resources to address the staggering rise in homelessness, opioid drug addiction, incarceration and suicide."
She said she also will "act boldly on climate change and environmental stewardship."
Amabile, who spent two years as vice president of the Democratic Women of Boulder County, serves on the Community Affairs Council, an advocacy group for the Boulder Chamber of Commerce, and is a founding board member of Good Business Colorado, a consortium of businesses she said advocates for a strong state economy, thriving communities and a sustainable environment.
Amabile, whose campaign website is judyamabile.com, is the first person to file a candidate's affidavit for next year's election for the House District 13 seat.
House District 13 extends from the Wyoming border in the north to Mount Evans in the south. The district includes Jackson, Grand, Gilpin and Clear Creek counties, as well as the western portions of the city of Boulder and Eldora, Eldorado Springs, Jamestown, Nederland and Ward in western Boulder County.
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