Jacques Decalo is running for a position on Boulder City Council.
As he got older, Decalo, a 25-year-old native of Boulder, said he realized that his hometown “is not as progressive and hip as it claims.” That’s a big part of what inspired his candidacy.
If elected to city council, Decalo said housing would be a priority.
“Most of my friends who grew up in Boulder can’t afford to live in Boulder or find it difficult to find accommodation,” he said.
Climate and sustainability are another big issue for Decalo, which sells solar power and cars for Tesla. He said he would push for easier access to solar power, work to tax single-use plastic and advocate for the recycling of gray water, or the treatment of wastewater from devices such as showers and sinks to be reused and re-injected into a property for non-potable sources such as flushing toilets.
“I just want Boulder to be the most sustainable city possible,” he said, later adding, “As we come into the 10th year of this huge drought, we need to do everything we can to be sustainable and recycle water. “
Decalo has not sat on any city council or commission. After returning to Boulder after graduating from Western Washington University, Decalo said he hoped to become more active in local government. Then the coronavirus pandemic struck.
While not part of any city-led group, Decalo said he worked for the Boulder Parks and Recreation Department one summer in college. He has also been involved with the Access Fund, a national rights organization that keeps climbing areas open and preserves the climbing environment.
As of Tuesday, 10 candidates are certified to campaign for one of five vacant seats on Boulder City Council. The nomination petition period ended on Monday. The Daily Camera writes a short story about each candidate as they are certified.