Two more people intend to seek the Colorado House District 10 Democratic nominee position made vacant when Rep. Edie Hooton on Saturday announced she was withdrawing from the race.
Tina Mueh and Lynn Guissinger have formally announced their candidacy for the position that ultimately will be filled by a Boulder County Democratic Party vacancy committee.
They join Boulder Mayor Aaron Brockett and City Council member Junie Joseph in throwing their name in the mix.
Hooton has served almost three full two-year terms in the state Legislature after being elected in 2016. She said she made the decision to withdraw in large part because of the all-consuming nature of the job and her desire to spend more time with her family.
Mueh, a Boulder Valley School District science teacher for 30 years, also has served as the elected president of the Boulder Valley Education Association and as a two-term board member of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains.
“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to be the Democratic candidate for HD10,” she said in a news release. “It’s critical that Democrats in Boulder and this district elect someone with a breadth of leadership and activist experience in areas that we all care about.”
Guissinger serves as first vice chair of the Regional Transportation District board of directors and was recently appointed by Gov. Jared Polis to the Regional Air Quality Council.
She has served on local boards, including the Emergency Family Assistance Association and Boulder Housing Partners, and has been heavily involved with the Democratic party.
“I am running because I have extensive experience working on a variety of issues to address environmental and climate concerns and to make life better for families and individuals in our community and state,” she stated in a news release. “I believe I can be effective from day one.”
A vacancy committee with the Boulder County Democratic Party will select Hooton’s replacement for the general election ballot. The replacement must be chosen by at least Sept. 2 and all ballot information must be delivered to the Secretary of State by Sept. 9.
According to Guissinger’s news release, the vacancy committee will meet Aug. 15 to name a replacement.
While the BoCo Dems have not yet released details on the official process for filling the vacancy, the organization has suggested it intends to host a forum and find other ways to engage with voters who won’t be part of the committee.
Whichever candidate is ultimately selected will face Republican candidate William DeOreo in the November general election.
Boulder Daily Camera
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