Cagin For Colorado State House

Meet Seth

I was born in Denver in 1953 and raised in Boulder, where my parents settled after attending the University of Colorado. One of the main activities at my nursery school was watching the prairie dogs pop out of their burrows. My father was a uranium prospector, traveling frequently to the Naturita-Uravan-Moab uranium belt.

One of my earliest childhood memories is playing with a Geiger Counter I found in my father’s home office. My father later became a marketing executive. My mother got a degree in education and taught school. My parents benefitted from the GI Bill (my father was a World War II veteran) and the opportunities of living in Colorado when it still had characteristics of being a frontier.

I graduated from Boulder High School in 1971 and attended the University of Colorado through my sophomore year, when I transferred to New York University. After graduation, I pursued a career as a journalist. In the mid 1980s, my wife Marta and I moved to Los Angeles. Shortly after our son Carlos was born in 1989, we relocated to Telluride so we could raise our son on another kind of Colorado frontier.

Here in Southwest Colorado, we founded The Watch newspaper. Marta and I owned, ran The Watch for twenty years, expanding its circulation and news coverage from San Miguel County to Ouray County and Montrose. We sold our business in 2014. For The Watch I wrote thousands of stories about local governments and hundreds of editorials that required a thorough understanding of the issues.

My years in community journalism deepened my engagement in politics, public policy and issues of community sustainability, and led directly to my candidacy for the Colorado House of Representative for the 58th House District.