Yellow Scene Magazine

I’m ecstatic to receive the endorsement of Yellow Scene Magazine, along with Adam Haid and Bill Gippe for Trustee, and Jennifer Carroll for mayor. Visit Yellow Scene Magazine to read the various candidate interviews.

Geoff Deakin, Erie Trustee

Christiaan van Woudenberg has been at the forefront of attracting regional and statewide attention to a different aspect of Erie’s role in oil & gas development–highlighting the impact to residents as oil & gas development has come (literally) roaring back into our neighborhoods. And while some candidates will say “the BoT can’t do anything,” then sit, Christiaan is advocating for what many of us have long said: “We can do something if we work together.” The new oil & gas facilities in and around Erie–with pad sites numbering into hundreds of wells and that use forced pooling to extract resources from multiple jurisdictions simultaneously–seem almost purpose built to pit neighbor against neighbor, town against town. As Christiaan proposes, if we work with Broomfield, Boulder, Dacono, Firestone, Lafayette, Longmont and Louisville–instead of engaging in the zero-sum game of pushing these pads from one side of an arbitrary line to the other–we can make a bigger change.

Guyleen Castriotta, Broomfield Ward 5 Council Member

Christiaan has been and continues to be a champion for the citizens of Erie and Boulder County. He bravely goes where no one dares to expose those who exploit our communities. Erie citizens need someone who will walk the walk to protect their health and safety and Christiaan has a proven track record.

Merrily Mazza, Lafayette City Councilor

Lafayette City Councilwoman Merrily Mazza addressed the Erie Board of Trustees on November 14, 2017 at their meeting with a stern warning; “You can make the decision to join them, you can make the decision to fight them, or you can make the decision to get out of their way. But as local elected officials, if we can’t and won’t protect our own communities, then we don’t deserve elected office; we should resign.”

I’ve worked with Christiaan van Woudenberg and with his organization, Erie Protectors, for some time. He’s taken on the oil and gas industry and worked tirelessly to show residents what goes on behind those tall beige walls. Residents are right to be frightened living next to toxic industrial sites and exposing themselves and their children to this risk. It’s time for the people to stand up and say no, and it’s time for elected officials to join them. Christiaan is the best candidate running in Erie. I encourage you to vote for him, and I look forward to working with him in the future—both as a fellow environmental activist and as a public official.

Phil Doe, Environmental Director, Be the Change

Christiaan is the right candidate for what lies ahead. He knows the risks fracking poses to local populations and the earth itself. He knows that renewables must become part of the solution, and quickly, if our threatened planet is to survive and flourish. You are lucky he is member of your community and is willing to serve. ‘Tis a pity he is not a thousand.