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Junie's Perspective

I have a long history of advocating for issues with a focus on equity and fairness. Before coming to the University of Colorado Boulder for law school, I worked for the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, for the U.S. Agency for International Development in the Ivory Coast (Côte d'I·voire), and I served as a White House intern in the Obama administration. In addition to my prior work on Boulder City Council and on state and national committees, I am a former precinct captain with the Boulder County Democratic Party and I am currently serving as an Area Coordinator. I am also a small business owner and a family lawyer who protects families from government interference. Learn more about my positions on the issues, please see below. If these values resonate with you, please vote to re-elect me as your champion to the Colorado State Legislature. 

Air Pollution

Air pollution impacts our well being as a species. Corporate greed intensifies and accelerates water and air pollution. Corporations, especially the oil and gas industries, have to be held accountable for their actions that have led to more and more days when it is dangerous for many people to breathe the air outside. I believe that corporate polluters should be held accountable for the emissions they create and the effects of those emissions on our community.  Since they create a disproportionate amount of pollution they need to be a large part of the solution.I also believe we should be much more proactive in meeting air quality goals.

Climate Protest

Climate Change

When we had unusually heavy rains a couple of last year, many of my neighbors’ garden-level apartments flooded. Walkways that usually have children’s toys and bikes and chalk drawings outside their doors had water-logged carpet and cords for fans. Low income workers and families and retirees are always the first to suffer in the climate crisis – or any crisis – and I want to make sure our safety is finally prioritized in climate efforts. As a legislator I passed 8 bills focused on climate resilience, with $100+ million in E-Bikes/EV tax incentives.


Criminal Justice

The economy and COVID pandemic have increased the economic hardships that are root causes for criminal activity. Consequently we have to proactively address the root causes of crimes through social services implementation and also other community resources. In my first term as your legislator I passed 9 bills to ensure community safety, including the ban on ghost guns.


Drug Use and Addiction

Addiction is a disease. We should focus on prevention and treatment of drug use, not punishment and incarceration. Prevention and treatment are effective in reducing rates of use and addiction and these are the approaches a majority of us want to pursue. 1 in 5 people in our own country are incarcerated for drug offenses in their life. If incarceration decreased rates of drug addiction and use, we’d have solved this problem by now. We need more prevention and treatment, not more people in prisons.

Colorful Books


Right now one of the biggest problems facing our K-12 schools is a shortage of workers, including: teachers, support staff, bus drivers, and before- and after-school care providers. I am hearing from working families in our community who are not only struggling with preschool and daycare, but who have school-age children who do not have after-school care due to staffing shortages. As Colorado is among the lowest in the country in terms of teacher salaries, it is no surprise we are struggling to find teachers for our schools. 



Equity is the cornerstone of a thriving community where every individual, regardless of their background or circumstances, has fair and equitable access to opportunities, resources, and support. Embracing equity ensures that everyone can contribute their talents and perspectives to our collective success, fostering a community where diversity is celebrated and all members can achieve their full potential. By prioritizing equity, we not only strengthen our community but also uphold principles of fairness and justice that benefit us all.


Gun Safety

As a former city council member and now serving as your House District 10 Representative, I have steadfastly supported Boulder's recent, common-sense gun violence prevention ordinances. I am a strong advocate for statewide bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines because I understand that guns contribute not only to deaths in mass shootings but also to tragic outcomes in cases of domestic violence, suicide attempts, and incidents involving law enforcement.

It is crucial to acknowledge that some legislators shy away from advocating for bans on assault weapons out of concern for backlash from organizations like the NRA and their supporters. However, I firmly believe that protecting people's right to life takes precedence over the unfettered availability of military-grade firearms.

Gun violence represents a pervasive epidemic, and reducing easy access to guns statewide is essential to safeguarding our community. I am committed to continuing Boulder's proactive stance at the state legislature. I successfully championed a ban on ghost guns to ensure accountability for those who perpetrate crimes within our community. Furthermore, I have proudly co-sponsored comprehensive gun violence prevention bills, including the assault weapons ban.

It would be an honor to continue advocating for these critical measures in the state legislature. Together, we can advance policies that prioritize safety, responsibility, and the well-being of our community. Your support in this endeavor is invaluable as we strive for a safer future for all.

Housing Development


Housing cost continues to be a leading concern for communities across Colorado and the nation. Our housing policies incentivize building large, luxury homes while housing prices increase to the point fewer and fewer can afford to either purchase a home or even rent in the communities where they work.


The City of Boulder depends heavily on snowpack from North Boulder Creek, Middle Boulder Creek, and the Upper Colorado River for its water supply. Two-thirds of this water comes from the North Boulder and Middle Boulder Creeks, filling reservoirs like Barker Reservoir and Silver Lake Reservoir. The Betasso Water Treatment Plant treats water from these sources, while the remaining water comes from projects managed by Northern Water. I coprime sponsored HB23-1242 to combat water scarcity, encouraging water conservation in oil and gas operations while emphasizing recycling and reuse. This legislation ensures a fair process while acknowledging the challenges in replicating success across various regions and industries. 

Electrical Worker


Collective bargaining rights are human rights. I believe that workers throughout Colorado should be empowered to organize in order to ensure the protection and promotion of their rights. As union membership has declined over the past 50 years, income inequality has grown. This is no coincidence. When workers are not able to collectively bargain and organize, their labor is exploited and they are at the mercy of corporations that care more for profits and shareholders than workers. The collective bargaining bill that passed in the last legislative session was so watered down as to be more harmful than it was helpful. I will continue to advocate for strong labor policies that do not constrain workers’ abilities to organize, strike, and collectively bargain. 

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Reproductive Justice

I believe in free access to abortion for all, regardless of class or income level. Forcing someone to continue a pregnancy that they do not want or cannot safely maintain is inhumane and against everything I stand for as an advocate for human rights. Everyone should have the right to choose what they do with their bodies.

Accessible Public Transport


Transportation is one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions in our state. But moving to a greener transportation system isn’t just about electrifying our transportation system and moving to sustainable and renewable energy, it’s about changing the way we live and move around in our cities and regions. When I was on City Council, I was the alternate for DRCOG, the Denver Regional Council of Governments. One of DRCOG’s primary roles is to allocate federal and state transportation funding to cities and counties along the Front Range. At the last city council retreat I attended, 60 representatives from cities and counties all over the Denver Metro area identified housing as a key area of focus, because housing drives transportation (no pun intended).

At the State Capitol as the vice chair of Finance, I have supported all transportation infrastructure capital and development legislation. 

Accessible Public Transport

Mental Health

“Mental health problems, including alcohol abuse, are among the ten leading causes of disability in both developed and developing countries… Poor mental health is both a cause and a consequence of poverty, it compromises education, contributes to gender inequality, ill-health, violence and other challenges. It impedes the individual’s capacity to work productively, realize their potential and make a contribution to their community.” UNO


The evidence is clear that the cost to society is far greater when we are reacting to the aftermath of individual mental health challenges, instead of working to solve them at the root. As a new legislator from Boulder County, I will be one of the many champions of mental health funding at the Capitol. I will be an advocate for ensuring that we bring a variety of stakeholders into the process with lived experience who can provide humane solutions to a very real and human problem. 

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