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Daily Camera Endorsement Profile: Michael Christy strives to find common ground

Deborah Swearingen


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Boulder City Council: Michael Christy strives to find common ground

As a family lawyer, Michael Christy is paid to compromise. If elected to Boulder City Council, he hopes to bring that spirit to the dais.

Christy, 53, moved to Boulder almost four years ago. Originally from California, he is a family lawyer currently working with clients remotely. Christy also is a former U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate Generals Corp (JAG) officer. JAG officers work on legal matters involving the military.

He volunteers at the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless and with Boulder’s Community Mediation and Resolution Center. He also is currently serving as a member of the city’s Cannabis Licensing and Advisory Board. ...

Christy’s volunteerism with organizations supporting people experiencing homelessness traces back decades, but his initial involvement with the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless was somewhat happenstance.

Soon after his move to Boulder, Christy went for a winter run along an icy Boulder Creek trail, unaware that spikes are all but required for winter activities in Colorado. As he slipped along the trail, Christy happened upon Michael Block, chief housing officer at the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless. The pair struck up a conversation, and Christy soon found himself joining the group of shelter volunteers.

As a volunteer, he’s helped with dorm supply and food preparation as well as with daily intake for residents. He said the work has provided a window into the shelter as a system.

It’s more than providing a meal, a bed and a shower for the night, Christy noted. There are people with substance use and mental health disorders, people working to overcome trauma.

“Watching how the shelter managed all of that was really insightful for me,” he said.

Christy supports Boulder’s camping ban, but he argues more services for those with substance use and mental health disorders are needed.

“Boulder cannot do this on its own. We don’t have the financial resources. We don’t have the physical resources,” Christy said. “We need help from the county, the state and the feds.” ...

Like many, he argues a solution is needed for Boulder’s affordable housing crisis and he would like to see some transportation-related changes, including a potential end to the city’s partnership with the Regional Transportation District and additional bike infrastructure to ensure ease of access and safety for those on two wheels.

Christy has been endorsed by a number of community organizations, including PLAN-Boulder County, FRWRD Boulder and Safer Boulder, as well as Mayor Sam Weaver, Mayor Pro Tem Junie Joseph and current council members Bob Yates, Mary Young, Mark Wallach and Mirabai Nagle.

In order to better get to know him, Allyn Feinberg, co-chair of PLAN-Boulder, went for a hike with Christy across Boulder’s vast open space.

She was particularly inspired by Christy’s work as a mediator. It’s not always about having winners and losers, but people who are OK with the outcome, Feinberg noted.

“I just think there is a lot of important work to be done in how the council works with each other,” she said. “Individual viewpoints and other community viewpoints can be brought up, put on the table and discussed without sort of making yourself into political opponents.” ...

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