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South Jeffco PR exec joins race for HD 25

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By Sal Christ

Lisa Cutter, a longtime Jefferson County resident and 25-year public relations veteran, is challenging Republican Tim Leonard for the House District 25 seat in 2018.

Confirming her candidacy for office in a phone interview last Friday, Cutter said a desire to serve the community in a way that extends beyond volunteer work drove her decision to run for public office.

“I’ve been thinking about it for a while,” said Cutter, a Democrat. “I’ve been what my husband calls a serial volunteer all my life and always sought out leadership opportunities in the community — there are lots of causes and issues that are important to me. I started to think the best way I could help and drive the change I wanted to see in the world was by running for office.”

House District 25 encompasses the vast majority of Jefferson County, including parts of Arvada, Evergreen and Conifer. The district is currently represented by Leonard, who defeated Democrat Tammy Story in the general election last November.

Cutter, who helped organize the Women’s March on Denver earlier this year, said that while she wants to focus on key issues such as education and improving the local economy, she also wants to target concerns specific to the district.

“The way I intend to approach things is just to listen and be open — that’s something I think we’ve been missing,” she said. “I want to be open-minded and collaborative. What I find when I’m talking to people with different perspectives is that they just have different viewpoints on how to get to the same place. I’m hopeful I can bring that sensibility to the table, listen to what people are saying, and figuring out the win-win.”

A Colorado native and 1992 Metro State University of Denver graduate, Cutter is married with three adult children and is the owner of Cutter Communications. Over the last 15 years, she’s served on several boards, including that of the Women’s Bean Project and the Public Relations Society of America’s Colorado chapter.

Contact reporter Sal Christ at sal@evergreenco.com or at 303-350-1035.