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Andy Celani on Tuesday announced to the Camera he is running for one of the six Boulder City Council seats up for grabs in the Nov. 5 election.

Andy Celani candidate for Boulder City Council.(Courtesy Photo)

Celani has been a Boulder resident since 1974 and attended University of Colorado, he said in a news release. He operated two small businesses in the city for several decades, including the Smooth Motors used car business that closed in 2017.

He said he hopes to ensure residents have a voice in shaping the direction of the community and to work with other municipalities including Longmont to accelerate the arrival of the light rail transportation infrastructure, for which the northwest Denver region is being taxed, despite the program’s financing being years behind schedule.

“I believe in limited growth, consistent with protecting existing neighborhoods. We should preserve building height regulations that protect our mountain views,” Celani said.

He added that affordable housing is underfunded due to developers using cash in lieu to satisfy their obligations to the city under the inclusionary housing ordinance.

“This has resulted in segregated housing,” Celani said.

He raised two children in Boulder and coached youth sports in the city.

“We owe thanks to many generations of responsible citizens whose stewardship has created this great city we live in. I will uphold and strengthen this legacy by supporting open space,” he said.

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