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Durango City Council Candidate Forum

Representing the priorities identified by our local, independent business community.

Do you represent a local, independent business in Durango? Submit your questions for City Council candidates here!

Are you a Localist or locally-minded community member? We have partnered with the League of Women Voters’ to host a community-focused forum on March 22nd! Click here for details.

Meet the Candidates

Olivier Bosmans

Jessika Buell

Seth Furtney

Frank Lockwood

Lisa McCorry

Harrison Wendt

Melissa Youssef

Join Local First and Durango’s independent business community for a facilitated panel discussion with Durango’s City Council Candidates. This forum will focus specifically on issues pertaining to the vitality of our independent business and local economy – highlighting our member-identified priorities of post-COVID economic rehabilitation, commitment to clean energy, local tax reform to support small business, and access to affordable housing and healthcare. We also encourage representatives & employees of local business to submit questions for the City Council Candidates here. Please submit your questions by 5pm on March 1.

Unable to attend the forum? Register anyway to receive the recording after the event!We will also be livestreaming the event through Local First’s Facebook Page.


Why Local Elections Matter

Since 2007 Local First La Plata has been working to help level the playing field and preserve opportunity for our independent business community. After weathering a tumultuous year of uncertainty, we are now up against a new, surmounting set of odds.

While we can easily be consumed by the happenings in Washington, DC, it is our local leaders who make the decisions that immediately impact our everyday lives. City Council elected officials are the ones influencing business activity through licensing and regulations, establishing tax policy, and approving budgets for community development. So voting in local elections can dramatically impede or expedite progress on the issues we care about most.

Now more than ever, we call on our locally-elected officials to understand the unique needs and challenges of our independent businesses, provide targeted economic relief as we prepare for a post-covid world, and recognize the sector’s investment in the sustainability and vitality of our community.

Election day is April 6 (with mail-in ballots arriving on March 19)! Are you registered to vote?

Thank you to our Forum Sponsors!

Interested in sponsoring Local First’s Forum?
Email our Managing Director, Emily Bell | director@local-first.org

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