Re: Boulder City Council.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Aug 11, 2009
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Many of you have figured this out already. For those of you who are just hearing this, there’s more about the context of my decision here.

I would have looked forward to trying to bring our business, development and green communities together, more. I would have looked forward to trying to find ways to keep Boulder affordable for middle class and younger citizens, many of whom are moving out of town or to Denver. I would most of all perhaps have looked forward to studying what other cities our size are doing right, and how, and bringing such green-minded, money-saving innovation to Boulder. Concurrently, I would have looked for ways to share what we’re doing nationally, so that other municipalities could benefit from our experience with Open Space, carbon tax, Climate Smart…the many amazing, innovative works in progress our staff and Council have already come up with. And, of course, it would have been fun, and a great learning experience. After four or five months of meetings and preparations, I was already getting a sense of how much work and fun and learning a run entailed.

Finally, I’d love to encourage any friends and new friends who may have concerned supporting me to check out the candidates, and really be active in the process. There’s some great candidates—so far I like Barry Siff, a businessman with amazing outdoor sports experience, and Tim Plass, who I happened to have coffee with at the Trident the other day. I look forward to learning more about them and the other candidates, and will again be hosting a moderated, public City Council debate with New Era Colorado as part of this Fall’s Walk the Talk Show at Naropa University and BMOCA.

Basically, I decided to refocus on elephant (with the encouragement of my Boulder-sized mortgage—City Council pays half what my barista makes per hour, making it tough for anyone but workaholics already holding down a job; or well-off folks; or retirees to run and serve—this is the same reason that played some role in keeping two other great potential candidates out, Dominick Sekich and Ron Tupa).

Also, our Walk the Talk Show has shown potential, and if I can continue to improve as a host, the show may be able to go national and encourage some real cultural dialogue around “living a good life that also happens to be good for others, and our planet.” Many of my dear friends, while supportive of my campaign—which stood a chance of doing well, considering the support I had in both the business and green communities, as well as a few underrepresented communities—encouraged me to focus on Walk the Talk Show as a means for being of some benefit to the world—which is also my principal inspiration for wanting to jump into politics.

It was a tough decision, and provided I’m on firmer financial footing in two or four years, I will consider a near-future run. For now, talk show!

For more on the why and’s Walk the Talk Show, click here.

The below photos are mostly from a recent photoshoot for my City Council campaign web site and paraphernalia, by my new buddy Michael Robson, an excellent professional photographer who’s helping me further xeriscape my house right now. I figured I’d share a few of them here, since otherwise they will not now see the light of day. For me, they represent a brief evocation of the excitement and seriousness of purpose that has shadowed my last six months, when I was meeting and planning and thinking about running and, possibly, serving.

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About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


6 Responses to “Re: Boulder City Council.”

  1. Anita says:

    Uh that is what political contributions are for !!! I think you should run and so should I we would definitely have a rockin the casbah meetings!!!

  2. George says:

    Great call, especially if it feels right. As always, it comes back to furthering your aspirations. Continue doing your important work!

  3. Thanks, Anita! Fundraising wasn't a problem—it would have been one of my strengths, a reason to run–but it does take time. And with my decision last year to turn elephant magazine into, I have limited staff, resources…and time. Fundraising, and campaigning generally, does take time. The design snafu, mentioned in the Wanderlust post above linked to, reminded me of that in a most visceral manner.

  4. Seriously says:

    Um… No.

  5. Scott Wilson Badenoch Jr likes this.

    Tyson S You should!
    Yesterday at 9:53am · Delete

    Waylon LewisTysonnn! How you been?
    Yesterday at 10:19am · Delete

    Katherine A I'm excited to see where you take the elephant this year.
    Yesterday at 11:11am · Delete

    Jonathan M You should run with reckless candour and very little money. If you are thinking about not running anyway, might as well make some (positive) waves, no?
    Yesterday at 11:47am · Delete

    Devon B Its ok, I wasn't really going to vote anyway.
    Yesterday at 11:52am · Delete

    Chloë K oh wait was this what you were chatting about with Nadav..I was distracted. I apologize for being so un-engaging.
    10 hours ago · Delete

    Waylon Lewis No worries. Yup, this is what we were talking about.

  6. Kia says:

    Yeah!! more Walk the Talk! Enjoyed them much, and look forward to seeing more.

    Pls Bring it to the UK!!!! So many stories here to tell, and people, small groups, communities and yogis trying to make a difference, whose tales need to be told.