We have to be champions of our natural resources for future generations of the unborn who cannot speak for themselves.
I support Initiative 97 which would move oil and gas operations a further/safer distance (2,500 feet up from 500/1,000 feet) from playgrounds and rivers.
I'm the only Republican, candidate or incumbent, who supports this Initiative in the state of Colorado.
I'm also the only candidate in this race for House District 33 who supports Initiative 97. This is an issue where our State Legislators need to be leaders, not followers, and that's why I'm willing to take a stance that goes against some in my party.
Eric Rutherford is running for State Representative because he believes that every person is of value to society and should have an opportunity to shine. His unique personal life and work experiences have shaped the principles that he believes in, and who he is as a person.
Government should promote the freedom of thought and expression. Eric believes that every child, regardless of their economic status, should have access to an affordable, quality pre-school education. He believes society should be able to provide access to lifelong education, for anyone who seeks it.
We can solve the problem of income inequality by recognizing that the strength of our society is built on the strength of the family and middle-class values. Eric also believes that the government is obligated to the best stewardship of our tax dollars.
Eric believes we all need to be protectors of our natural resources so that energy is available and affordable for future generations. He believes we need to secure clean water for all Coloradans. He believes we should study policies and actions at all levels of government to address the impacts of climate change.
Eric was raised in Boulder and graduated from Fairview High School where he played on two State Champion football teams. He went on to attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Demonstrating leadership at a young age, he served as captain of the football team. Following graduation, Eric served as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps and later became a graduate of the FBI Training Academy in Virginia, where again he served as class president.
Upon graduation from the FBI Academy, Eric served on the front lines battling international drug cartels and violent criminals as a Federal Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in El Paso, Texas. After working for the DEA Eric returned home to Colorado and earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Colorado in 2004. He now is a commercial real estate broker and investor.
Eric’s worldwide travels have given him a broad cross-cultural view of the world, and he is fluent in Spanish. Eric has served on several boards and councils at the Federal/Local/Professional and the Non -Profit level that include:
- Federal Development Block Grant group
- Downtown Management Commission
- Three-year president of the Commercial Brokers of Boulder
- Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow (BOHO)
Eric is very proud to be an active Rotarian. While president Past President of the Boulder Valley Rotary club his club supported a water project in Nicaragua as well as coat drive where approximately 4,000 coats were distributed to those who needed them.
A lifelong athlete with a strong love for the outdoors, Eric enjoys mountaineering and a variety of sports. In 2009, he was chosen to be on the U.S. Naval Academy 50-year anniversary football team and in 2015 he was inducted into the U.S. Naval Academy Athletic Hall of Fame.
Eric currently lives in Boulder with his wife Brenda Esmeralda Alcaraz, formerly of Mexico, and their three children.