Nice things folks have said

(If you’d like to add your voice, click here)

“As a former member of Boulder City Council, I know the challenges of balancing short term and long term interests. Bob listens and studies and seems to always promote ideas that benefit all of Boulder for the long term. I'm glad Boulder has him on our City Council.” —DeAnne Butterfield

“On all important, divided council votes, he has been on the right side. And his policy initiatives are well reasoned.” —Rick Collins

“Bob brings a wealth of legal and business experience to the City Council and works hard to learn about issues and listen to the community. While we may differ on some issues, I appreciate his dedication to the work of being on City Council.” —Michelle Krezek

“I admire his intellect. He has an open door and an open mind and that is unique to him.” —Molly Davis

“I appreciate your reasoned explanations ‘What was I thinking?’ that explain your positions and votes on city council issues. I wish that more elected leaders would look at more data and think more thoughtfully about issues. We need more ‘big picture’ thinkers and fewer ‘single issue’ advocates. Thanks for your service!” —Laurie Albright

“While I may not agree with all of Bob's positions, he still embodies all the qualities that I value in a representative: he listens, not just to hear but to understand, he seeks out diverse perspectives before voting, he has a strong moral compass, he is highly creative and strategic and brings fresh ideas to his role, and he is genuinely a really great guy. We need Bob and more people like him on our Council!” —Essrea Charin

“Bob is a pragmatic leader with a focus on results. While other council members are pushing aspirational agendas, Bob is focusing on real issue faced by our community - like affordability, improving parks and open space, and managing our city budget. Bob also engages directly with constituents when we ask questions.” —Douglas Hamilton

“Has done a lot for the community. Weighs facts carefully. Supports the ARTS!” —Jessie Friedman

"Bob Yates has been a forward-looking and fiscally responsible member of Boulder City Council. In a time of rhetoric, posturing and partisanship, Bob always provides thoughtful, factual, civil commentary and analysis in his public comments and excellent e-newsletter. His views on our highly charged development and traffic issues are practical and reasonable. Bob has progressive and inclusive ideas to shape Boulder's future. I hope voters will reward his hard work with a second term." —Michael Leccese

“You are the very model of excellence in public service.” —Priscilla Corielle

“I am honored to endorse Bob Yates to be re-elected to Boulder City Council, as he is one of the few voices of moderation, reason and fiscal responsibility.” —Burton McKenzie

“He is a voice of reason on the council.” —Charlene Coutre

“Bob has been consistent in his research and knowledge on issues. Many I know look forward to his newsletters to learn details of upcoming council decisions and see his opinions as reasonable and intelligent.” —Bev Pogreba

“It is so refreshing to have a council member that communicates with his constituents. Bob brings a common sense approach to governing our city. I just hope we can elect additional and compatible council members to join him to bring back moderate governance to our community. I am so very tired of extremism.” —Stephen Sparn

“Bob doesn’t lose his mind or his respectful manner when discussing issues with others that disagree with his perspective. He’s incredibly knowledgeable and generous with his time and consistent and dependable in his leadership roles. He’s invested in his community. Bob walks the fine lines between the different groups in Boulder authentically, trying to find a solution to our complicated issues.” —Valerie Soraci

“I think you are doing an incredible job supporting Boulder, and we are lucky to have you on the Council.” —Howard Diamond

“Among other reasons, if you agree that the arts are an essential ingredient of a thriving community, then Bob needs to remain on City Council. He has been a tireless advocate since he was first elected.” —Charlotte LaSasso

“We need you!” —Shawn Coleman

“Your impact is immeasurable.” —Dana James

“You have done a great job and I thank you for being willing to serve.” —Stan Garnett

“Bob makes sound decisions based on solid reasoning. He listens to and communicates with his constituents.” —Renée Beshures

“A voice of reason. You may not always like how he votes, but you will always understand why, and if you don't agree, he will always listen. His newsletters are my main remaining lifeline to City politics.” —Joseph de Raismes

“You and your voice and your smarts and sensibility are needed on our city council.” —Caroline Landry

“I appreciate your thoughtfulness and your independence. I’m happy you’re on City Council.” —Nick Forster

“You listen to constituents and do your best to move forward important issues. You have my support Bob!” —Neshama Abraham

“I appreciate your work and pragmatic support for both the business and LGBTQ community.” —Scott Beard

“Considered. Thoughtful. Sincere. Pleasant. Effective. What more can we ask for? We're lucky to have Bob looking out for us all, here in Boulder, Colorado!” —Joshua Taxman

“I appreciate that Bob thinks through the issues carefully and communicates his positions thoroughly. He brings a practical, thoughtful approach to the council.” —Donna Coleville

“Bob approaches city issues with practical and balanced solutions.” —Peter Wayne

“I endorse Bob because he thinks all the way through, various possible solutions to posed problems and selects a solution based on actual costs and benefits and not just what seems popular. I endorse Bob because he stands up for what he believes, even if it is not popular. I endorse Bob because he deeply wants to keep Boulder a great place to live.” —Alan Bernstein

“Bob is fair, transparent, sees the big picture, and knows how to get things done--the perfect combination for effective City Council leadership.” —Melissa Fathman

“Bob's thoughtful leadership includes an important moral community ethic. He took the high road to vote for the Attention Homes homeless youth project downtown that will be a living legacy of us taking care of our least fortunate.” —Morey Bean

“Please keep up the great work.” —Scott Holton

“We all benefit immensely from having Bob on the city council. He brings original and forward-looking perspectives to the issues that are important to us all of us.” —Cate Lawrence

“Thank you for being a thoughtful, well informed, independent voice.” —Mark Heinritz

“Thoughtful, responsible, long-term perspective, curious, open-minded.” —William Shutkin

“I appreciate that Bob is consistently clear and rational on the issues facing our community.” —Felicia Furman

“I appreciate Bob openness about his thinking on the issues and his realistic assessment of the municipalization efforts.” —Jim Koczela

“Bob is a pragmatist who does well at balancing the political differences that play out in Boulder’s sky rocketing real estate market and those who need support to survive in Colorado’s changing economy.” —Maud Huey Kenyon

“I think you’ve done, and continue to do, a superb job.  In my mind you’re far and away the best council person we have.” —John Hill

“Thanks Bob for all your support and hard work. Thank you for taking the time to listen to my concerns. Lastly thank you for your communication to the people and why you do things.” —Sally Eckert

“I have found Bob to be a thoughtful, practical voice on the city council. He is genuinely interested in decision making that will have a positive impact on the residents of Boulder. He considers not only what is currently needed but what will have positive impacts on Boulder in the years to come. Decisions have consequences and Bob considers those as he makes each decision.” —Suzanne Hoover

“A good man with the community’s best interests at heart.” —Paul Cure

“Bob brings balance to the city council. I think it's healthy for the council to hear views from the "other side." Maybe I don't always agree with him, but he raises issues that need to be addressed.” —Delma Oberbeck

“Bob is a proponent of common sense solutions to the problems facing Boulder and has been a great supporter of the needs of the community as a whole and in particular for individuals with developmental disabilities.” —Andy Minden

“I value the broad context and sound critical thinking Bob Yates brings to the council. His regular publication, The Boulder Bulletin, is informative and makes his decisions transparent. Whether or not I always agree with Bob's position, I know why he made it and what information he used to help him get there. Bob is a responsible and smart representative of the community.” — Brian Coppom

“Thank you for your service to the community! I know it is a huge challenge and time commitment.” —Susan Graf

“I have been impressed with Bob's willingness to listen and advocate for downtown businesses, the arts scene and rally community support for causes such as ‘Rainbows Over Pearl.’ It's clear to me that he is dedicated to helping move our amazing city forward for both residents and businesses in a responsible way.” —Gannon Hartnett

“You have been a most powerful councilman.” —Jancy Campbell

“Thoughtful, analytical, and reasonable representative for the people of Boulder trying to steer the city measurably into its future.” —John Driver

“Bob has done an excellent job of communicating to the public regarding council votes and his position on those issues. He listens to input from Boulder residents and makes well considered decisions.” —Jane Imber

“He has a vision for how to make Boulder more inclusive and affordable.” —David Scott

“No one else sends me CLEAR, easy-to-understand reports on the issues Council deals with. No one else approaches these issues in the same common-sense practical way Bob does. He is extremely balanced, he tries to see both sides and presents them, also. Finally, I agree with his positions. You can tell he cares about the city, the people who live here and its culture and heritage.” —Jane Houssiere

“I think he is very thought-full in assessing issues and what will benefit the community.” —Kim Boston

“Bob has tremendous insight into the often complex issues with which City Council has to contend, and he communicates this information to the residents of Boulder via his frequent e-mailings. He is transparent with his views and opinions and presents his case logically. It is our fortune that Bob is on the Council to be a voice of maturity and true respect to all the people of Boulder rather than to ideologies.” —Joseph Friedman

“A rare proponent of reasoned judgement and municipal sanity who looks beyond the knee-jerk ‘issue of the day.’ Unlike too many Council members, Bob doesn't appear to have a personal agenda. His agenda is what's best for the community at large. Sad there are not more who are willing to give time and energy to the community without extracting compromises. Uniquely qualified, proven rational thinking, who exhibits no reticence to puncture the Boulder bubble in favor of adult decision making.” —Robert Myers

“It is a pleasure to endorse Bob Yates for city council or for any other office he may aspire to. Bob provides leadership that is dedicated, balanced and sensible. I especially like his thoughtful monthly bulletins and the user-friendly access he provides to all of his constituents.” —Carl Nelson

“Bob is the independent thinker and voice of reason we need on city council.” —Jon Carroll

“Bob thinks conservatively and, in particular, Bob’s view on the Muni mess is refreshing.” —John Gustavson

“A voice of sanity on the City Council.” —Mark Siegal

“I strongly believe we need more of the tempered, thoughtful, fiscally minded approach he brings to the table.” —Joe Harding

“Bob engages the community and students while looking to develop both. He thinks about his decisions. He is willing to discuss his viewpoints on any issue.” —Steve Hlavac

“Bob can do math. Seems glib and simple, but over and over he as demonstrated an ability to critically review an issue when others are driven by non-critical emotions or good intentions gone awry. It is so nice to have at least one lawyer on city council.” —Patrick Murphy

“I have really appreciated your hard work on Council, especially your monthly newsletter that provided a timely and clear picture of the workings of our city government.” —Tim Downing

“It is his dedication, both on the Council and all the other ways he contributes to our community, that makes him a great steward for everyone in Boulder.” —Chuck Hunker

“I support Bob because of his thoughtful approach to issues facing Boulder.” —Mike Dorsey

“He has a common sense approach that respects our individual liberties as well as the needs of the community we all share. He is transparent in his duties and gives detailed explanations of every vote and decision. He always has the best interests of our community at heart. I am proud to give my full support to Bob for his reelection effort.” —Duncan Coker

“Boulder is blessed to have such a dedicated and well grounded public servant as Bob Yates.” —Grant Couch

“Bob has always provided sounds well-reasoned decisions. He is a true leader in the community and cares deeply for the citizens.” —Don Cote

“I like Bob's thoughtfulness on the issues and sharing his views on the best direction for Boulder.” —David Curtis

“Seriously, an incredibly responsive councilperson interested in contributing to a better Boulder. I strongly endorse Bob and hope you will help him to get re-elected.” —Tom Cross

“He has years of leadership experience, is a great father, husband, and friend, and I trust Bob to make good decisions that are beneficial for all of the Boulder voters.” —Jonathan Hager

“Bob is one of the most thoughtful, hard-working and effective citizens of Boulder. He is excellent at rationally considering issues, listening to dissenting opinions and engaging the community in a positive, open conversation that is solution oriented. Boulder is extremely lucky to have an advocate like Bob Yates devote so much of his time to our community.” —Donovan Greene

“He is a conscientious advocate for Boulder and, as a positive force on the city council, he has earned my vote for re-election.” —Scott Malan

“I appreciate his transparency and his news letters informing us about his votes and reasoning.” —Ford Magden

“Bob has a thoughtful, common-sense approach while balancing the realpolitik of the Boulder community.” —Darren Kelly

“Bob plays an important role on the city council when we face so many challenging decisions. Bob's life experiences combined with his thoughtful nature add greatly to our community governance process. We are lucky to have him and I hope we have many more years of his generous community service.” —Doug Greene

“Bob is straight forward, hard working and a pleasure to work with. He's practical and reasonable. Want people with these characteristics on our city council.” —Andy Franklin

“I cherish Bob's openness, accessibility, and honesty. I believe Bob's perspective is an important addition to Council's internal deliberations and decision making process.” —Peter Ornstein

“He is a fiscal conservative who has spoken loud and clear about the City's out-of-control spending. He is a lawyer and businessman who does his homework. We need more citizens serving on the City Council who are pragmatic about the issues and vote accordingly.” —Richard Tucker

“Deep experience. Analytical. Common sense and practical. Good listener.” —Chet Winter

“He’s one of the great guys!” —Rob Heider

“Bob's commitment to community service and his balanced approach to problems are why I endorse him.” —Kreighton Bieger

“Bob's beliefs match mine. He looks at the rules and regulations and makes his decisions. He does not let the small but loud minority rattle him.” —Stephen Brown

“Common sense, business mind, excellent communication,” —Pete Kelley

“I don't agree with Bob 15% of the time, but always appreciate his thoughtful explanations about why he takes the positions he takes.” —Marsha Caplan

“Bob is exceptionally intelligent and possesses an abundant amount of common sense. He’s often the voice of reason when our City Council faces highly important and strategic matters. Our City of Boulder and region are well served by Bob!” —Gerry Agnes

“Voice of reason in a burgeoning community.” —(Pasta) Jay Elowsky

“I find Bob to be a person who is willing to explore and understand the depth of each individual issue. Bob is willing to both fight for what he believes in and at the same time be open to alternative ideas if they can be justified. I think that’s a unique set of qualities for a boulder city council member.” —Andy Bush

“Great policy analysis and communication skills. Good policy judgement, thoughtful and balanced.” —Richard Goldman

“Bob has a fair, balanced and well-reasoned approach to his decision making. Moreover, he's able to clearly articulate this process, which is the best way to build confidence in government.” —Michael Belochi

“Bob has been a thoughtful voice of reason on a council that has been far too reactionary.” — Doyle Albee

“Bob is very knowledgeable, experienced, sensible and fair. He has a good understanding of issues related to the needs of business in Boulder (which is a rare voice on Council) as well as most of the other issues that we all care about.” — David Biek

“He is a voice of reason. And hopefully will advocate for neighborhood input as far as preserving integrity and status of RR and RE lots. In addition we appreciate Bob’s support of Pride.” — Denis Beck