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Libertarian candidate joins race for Boulder County commissioner

Bo Shaffer hopes to offer different viewpoint for residents
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Bo Shaffer has formally declared his candidacy as a Libertarian running for Boulder County commissioner.

Shaffer was nominated by the Libertarian party in May. He said that the loss of compromise and progress in mainstream politics motivated him to run for office. 

“There are good and bad progressive ideas, just as there are good and bad conservative concepts,” Shaffer said in his candidacy declaration. “The problem arises when there is only one voice and the body politic gets out of balance. I believe I have an opportunity to maybe not restore complete balance, but to at least give a voice to a different viewpoint, one that may, hopefully, find some favor among my fellow Boulder County residents.”

He added that more information will soon be posted at

Democrat Matt Jones is the current commissioner for District 3, but did not run for re-election this year.

Ashley Stolzmann is the presumed winner of the Democratic party for commissioner. An automatic recount in that election — which ended with a 68 vote split — is scheduled for later this month, but the results are not expected to change.

No Republican candidates ran for the commissioner office in the primary.

Earlier this year, Andrew O’Connor also announced his intention to run as an independent in the commissioner election. Independents in Boulder County must file a petition with at least 1,000 signatures to officially get on the ballot.

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to reflect the correct winner of the Democratic primary, which was Ashley Stolzmann.

Amy Golden

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Amy Golden is a reporter for the Longmont Leader covering city and county issues, along with anything else that comes her way.
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