Betty Boyd, former Colorado Senate President Pro-tem, announced she will be a candidate for Lakewood city council Ward 4 in November.
Boyd will be running for the seat currently held by David Wiechman.
“I feel I’ve served my constituency well at the state level, and I’d like to make sure some of the issues we covered are properly implemented at the local level,” she said. “I have a deep love of the city — I’ve lived here longer than I’ve lived anywhere else, and have been involved in the schools and community.”
Originally from Connecticut, Boyd and her family moved to Lakewood in 1974. She became interested in politics and policy through her membership in a local chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Boyd served 12 years in the state legislature, starting in the house in 2000. She was reelected twice, and in 2006 Boyd was elected to fill the vacancy in the Senate District 21 seat. She ran again and won in 2008.
“I was in the first class of leadership in Lakewood, and was first interested in running for city council, but due to urging of others, I went to the state level and my focus changed to work there,” she said. “Now it’s coming full circle, because I’m back to try for council.”
One of the issues that Boyd is extremely interested in focusing on is development along the W Rail. She said the completion of the line is just the beginning for the city .
“The light rail is going to provide opportunities for developments and redevelopments, but we want to make sure we do it right,” she said. “You only get one chance to do it right.”
The implementation of Amendment 64 is also an issue of concern for Boyd, and she said council was wise to place a temporary moratorium on marijuana businesses until the state came up with some rules and regulations.
“We need to take a thoughtful look at implementation,” she said. “We need to protect our kids from misuse, and I’m concerned about funding for regulation.”
Boyd said she has a history of listening to community members, and that history is one of her key assets.
“My experience is really important, and I’ve served all my constituents with integrity and responsibility,” she said.