Democrat Lisa Smith is seeking the House District 13 seat in 2020.
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Boulder Democrat Lisa C. Smith has announced her candidacy for the Colorado House District 13 seat up for election next year.

“Public service is what I do. I am running to make House District 13 Colorado’s leader in confronting climate change, ensuring health care for all, making housing affordable, protecting human rights, transforming transportation, and rebuilding the middle class,” Smith said in a news release.

Smith, 36, is seeking to succeed House Speaker KC Becker, in the state legislative seat. Becker, also a Boulder Democrat, is term limited and cannot seek re-election in 2020.

Smith, whose campaign website is lisaforcolorado.org, said she teaches disadvantaged students in the federal Title I program and helps them prepare for standardized tests. She worked in the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder’s Office’s Elections Division in 2018 and previously worked for Boulder on clean energy and economic vitality.

She is a member of the Boulder County Cultural Council, which recommends distributions of Scientific and Cultural Facilities District funds to arts and sciences organizations, and is on the executive board of the Democratic Women of Boulder County.

Smith is a 2017 graduate of Emerge Colorado’s six-month training, the state’s premier recruitment program for Democratic women committed to running for office. She has dual master’s degrees from the University of Colorado Denver in public administration and urban and regional planning, and a bachelor’s degree from Willamette University. In the 2013 campaign cycle, she worked for progressive youth-in-democracy organization New Era Colorado and served on the Boulder Urban Renewal Authority.

“House District 13 is my home. I was born here in 1982 and graduated from high school in 2001. My first turns were on the slopes of Winter Park at age 3,” Smith said. “Colorado is in my blood, and it is the place I have chosen to stay, and serve.”

Boulder Democrat Judy Amabile also is seeking 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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