Aaron is a great guy, a good friend, and I serve on his campaign committee. But even if that were not the case, I’d be thrilled to vote for Aaron. Aaron stands for all the things I believe will move Boulder ahead to continue to be a leading edge city we can all be proud of. So many environmentalists and progressive thinkers do not get the link between transportation, energy, and land use. If we want to reduce our carbon impacts we need to look at the way we live and get around. Building compact places where people can walk and bike for everyday needs is one of the greenest things we can do. It doesn’t need to happen in old neighborhoods, but there are lots of parking lots in East Boulder than can turn from what are now wastelands to vibrant neighborhoods. Aaron understands we can do it in a way that will make Boulder better and reduce private automobile traffic. Like me, Aaron lives in a townhouse and enjoys the lower energy costs of shared walls and shared lawns and knows these are appealing to a lot of folks. Townhome living is an option that we should provide for more middle-class families. Aaron is also a great supporter of the arts- something we need to nurture in Boulder to keep our city interesting and lively. And he joined Community Cycles a few years ago and comes to all our member parties! Finally, Aaron has done the difficult job of serving on a divided Planning Board as chair. I have seen him take contentious issues and negotiate agreements all sides could support. This is excellent experience for council.