Opinion: Carmen and Ray Ramirez–Supporting Marta Loachamin for Boulder County Commissioner

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Dear Editor – My family is supporting Marta Loachamin for Boulder County Commissioner.  My husband and I have lived in Boulder County for almost thirty years.  During this time we have both been very involved in building community and valuing the diversity within our community. 

The 2020 elections represent a crucial time for our country and for Boulder County.  We believe that at the local level we have an opportunity to choose to strengthen our county by supporting a diverse and more inclusive government that reflects our community.  We can no longer, continue the long-time pattern of recycling Democratic office holders.  Voters are no longer content with the “status quo”.  We believe that voters want a fresh community perspective.

Marta Loachamin is a qualified candidate for Boulder County Commissioner who is a graduate of CU Boulder, a Longmont resident who raised 2 awesome boys, both of whom attended Longmont schools. We have had the privilege to know Marta, her boys and worked with her in several areas for many years.

We wanted to highlight a couple of Marta’s expertise in areas that we feel are important to Longmont and Boulder County.  Marta is committed to Sustainable Housing. Marta is a successful Longmont businesswoman and a licensed bilingual Colorado REALTOR. She has facilitated millions of dollars of transactions for monolingual Spanish speakers who otherwise would not have equal access to programs and options that are offered in our community. Marta has served as a mentor aspiring to Latinx entrepreneurs in Boulder County with the LasL3 Program of the Latino Chamber of Boulder County, students with Front Range Community College LEADS Program and Graduate students in Stanford’s Latino Entrepreneur Leadership Program in their efforts to succeed in startups and small business.

Marta believes that education is the cornerstone for building a solid foundation for a meaningful and productive life. Marta is a licensed Colorado teacher and has worked as an educator in the St. Vrain Valley School District School system. She is a guest instructor for Boulder County Housing and Human Services and leads trainings around the State around financial literacy as a National Trainer for National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals.

Through her work with Longmont’s Resiliency for All program, Marta was instrumental in helping the County develop an inclusive outreach effort designed to assess the desirable bridge between government agencies and local institutions to meet needs of monolingual Spanish speaking community members after the 2013 flood. With Marta’s guidance this project developed a replicable mechanism for reaching vulnerable populations everywhere. This work culminated to a presentation of data to 1000 community members in Boulder County and joint presentation for the Colorado Emergency Management Association in 2018.

The 2018 mid-term elections saw a record number of women of color elected to office at all levels of government including, Colorado. The mid-term elections demonstrated that national and Colorado voters are looking for a new, fresh, progressive perspective in governance.  We believe that Marta typifies this new generation of leadership and that Boulder County is ready for the new, qualified leadership that Marta will bring to the Boulder County Commissioners Office.

Please join us in supporting the candidacy of Marta Loachamin. To learn more about Marta, visit her website at Marta2020.org, and follow her on facebook @Marta4BoCo

Sincerely,

Carmen and Ray Ramirez

Longmont

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