Mountain Visits On The Home Stretch

Senate District 18 has expanded to include almost all of western Boulder County, and with that in mind, I've made some enjoyable visits to the mountains over the past few weeks. On Sept. 28, I went out to meet the people of Lyons during an event at The Stone Cup coffee house (pictured at left). On October 18, I spoke with folks in Nederland at Salto Coffee Works (pictured at right). 

Heath in Lyons Heath in Nederland

With the 2012 political campaigns on everybody's minds, the people who attended gatherings in Nederland and Lyons were interested, engaged and polite. We had lively discussions on issues directly affecting their local areas, but also touched on broader topics such as education, the environment and the economy. I had the chance to meet a few dozen people between the two events, and I am looking forward to meeting more mountain residents of western Boulder County in the future. 

Regardless of your political preferences, there are a few things I hope everyone is aware of as we head down the home stretch:

* If you have any questions about your ballot or other voting issues, contact your County Clerk and Recorder's office. In Boulder County, you can call them at (303) 413-7740, visit them at 1750 33rd St. in Boulder, or visit their Web site at

* Mail ballots have gone out in the mail. If you believe you should have received a ballot but haven't received it yet, contact your Clerk and Recorder's office. IMPORTANT: You must be signed up as a "permanent mail" voter to receive a ballot for the 2012 general election in the mail. If you're uncertain about your status, you can check your registration on the Clerk and Recorder's Web site, and you can still sign up to vote by mail until October 30.

* Certain early voting locations will be open in Boulder County beginning October 22. Visit for a list of locations and hours of operation. 

* All voted mail ballots must be in the hands of election officials by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. If you choose to vote at a precinct polling place, you must be at least in line by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day to be able to cast a ballot, and most polling places will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on November 6. 

Please make sure you know what it takes to be able to cast a ballot that will count, and don't hesitate to ask questions if you have them. No matter the results on November 6, I've truly enjoyed serving as your senator for the past four years, and I'm absolutely looking forward to serving for four more years if I am fortunate enough to win. 



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