Greeley Indivisible will be featuring progressive Colorado candidates in the upcoming election cycle. We will have these candidates and other pertinent election information categorized for your ease of finding over the next few months, all the way through caucuses, assemblies, primary and general election. We’ll publish bios of candidates as they respond to our requests. Greeley Indivisible will not endorse any candidate prior to primary selection of the general candidate, but will feature candidates who submit in their own writing their views on different issues. We feel it is up to our individual members to choose whom they support throughout the primary season.
Colorado State Representative, Joe Salazar, is running for the Office of the Colorado Attorney General. Joe intends to take the AG’s Office out of the hands of corporations and special interests and return the People’s Lawyer back to the People!
Serving in the Colorado House of Representatives since 2013, Joe is the only candidate with the track record of fighting for communities and the health of Colorado’s environment. As a state representative, he serves as vice-chair of the Judiciary Committee. During the 2017 session, Joe brought forth bills that directly fought against the federal overreach of our current administration. As an attorney, his practice of law has always encompassed a focus on cases of constitutional and anti-discrimination issues. His expertise in employment law, civil rights, constitutional and federal Indian law has assisted in his development of legislation while working directly with the communities they impact. His direct work with stakeholders and constituents alike is why he is the candidate that has the support of the People statewide.
I’m a Coloradan. I was born here in 1975. My dad was a physicist and my mom was a school teacher, but after they moved here, they decided to pursue their true passions: art and poetry. I spent a lot of my childhood crisscrossing the country with my parents, staying in motels and selling posters out of a pick-up truck. Eventually, my mom and dad had the idea to combine their talents — his painting and her poetry — in the form of greeting cards, which they turned into a small Colorado business called Blue Mountain Arts.
I’m an entrepreneur. I’ve started several successful businesses and will bring that start-up vision and energy to our state government. From my college dorm room, I launched American Information Systems, a dial-up service provider that brought the internet into many homes for the first time. I also helped take the family greeting card business online, and founded ProFlowers, a true startup where I did everything from loading the trucks the night before Valentine’s Day to taking the business public. Later, I co-founded Techstars, a startup accelerator where I mentored entrepreneurs from all walks of life, and Patriot Boot Camp, which helps veterans start their own small businesses after coming home from their service. I’ve seen first-hand how small businesses can create jobs and improve our communities, and was humbled to be honored with the “Entrepreneur of the Year” award for these efforts.
I’m committed to providing every child a great education. I’ve spent most of my adult life working to improve our schools. In a statewide election in 2000, I was elected to the Colorado Board of Education. As chairman of the board, I fought to raise pay for teachers while reducing class size for students. I also founded several non-profit public schools for at-risk children and served as superintendent of the New America School, which helps new immigrants earn their high school diploma. I believe it’s time for us to stop talking about investing in our children and start actually doing it.
I’m the U.S. Representative for northern Colorado. I proudly stood with President Barack Obama to pass landmark health care reform, rein in the excesses of Wall Street, provide more opportunities to young immigrants, and protect our iconic public lands. And I helped lead the charge to replace the one-size-fits-all mandates of No Child Left Behind with a new system to help students from every background get the quality education they deserve.
I’m a dad. My partner Marlon and I are raising our two kids, ages six and three, to be proud Coloradans like their parents and grandparents!
I’ running for governor to turn bold ideas into real results for you and your family. Together, we can make Colorado completely energy independent and 100% renewable by 2040. We can bring free, full-day kindergarten and preschool to every community in our state. And we can build an inclusive economy where employees at all levels make more, not just CEOs.
I’m a Rockies fan for life (and before that the Zephyrs!). I wanted to name our son Helton, but Marlon wouldn’t stand for it.
Tim Krug is a husband, parent, teacher, and retired entrepreneur. Tim worked as an English Language Teacher in the Japanese public school system before becoming the owner and CEO of a chain of successful English Language Schools. When their son Joseph was diagnosed with autism in 2013, Tim and his wife Yumiko decided to move their family back to the United States to provide their son with the best possible opportunities for success.
An Eagle Scout, Tim volunteers in his church and children’s school.
Tim volunteers one day each week helping dedicated teachers with their enormous workload. While volunteering each week, Tim discusses education with teachers, administrators, and other parents. He serves on volunteer committees and attends numerous forums and seminars to advocate for students and better understand issues facing Colorado schools.
Colorado’s educational system is broken and is not a sustainable model for success. Our current system prioritizes vendors over taxpayers and lobbyists over students. Failed reforms have pitted schools and parents against one another in a “winners and losers” model where the losers are taxpayers, teachers, and families. Since lawmakers forced Betsy DeVos-style reforms on Colorado schools, salaries for teachers have plummeted, administrative costs have skyrocketed, segregation has increased, transparency decreased, and Colorado districts have seen dozens of schools close.
Parents Vs. Billionaires
More than a decade of false promises and failed education reforms in Colorado have wreaked havoc on students, teachers, and taxpayers. However, dark money continues to flow through special interests groups to politicians willing to sell out Colorado communities to the highest bidder. Tim Krug has consistently called out politicians who take money from dubious sources funded by Betsy DeVos and other profiteers to turn our kids into commodities. A line in the sand has been drawn between local public education defenders and the profit-driven invaders.
Tim Krug is on the side of Colorado students, parents, educators, and taxpayers.
The daughter of working class parents, I am proud to call Greeley home. I watched my parents struggle to provide a better life for my family with their work in the oil & gas and meat industry’s. Growing up in a household that experienced domestic violence, I learned from a young age the power I had just by speaking up. Since then, I have dedicated my life to standing up for those that are unable to stand up for themselves. I am committed to ensuring that every Coloradoan has access to the quality of life that our state has to offer.
Why I’m Running
My passion for engaging in Colorado politics began in high school and eventually led me to become a field organizer for President Obama’s 2012 re-election. I have remained involved on top targeted local and national campaigns ever since. In November 2014, The Hispanic Women of Weld County presented me with their Community Leadership Award for this work and dedication.
Right now, people feel that the system is rigged against them and mistrust in our elected leaders floods our system. This is one of the reasons why I got involved in politics. From a young age I saw that my voice could promote effective change. I have devoted my life to standing up for people that are unable to stand up for themselves ever since.
In November 2015, I broke my first glass ceiling becoming the first openly gay elected official for the City of Greeley. I am working to guarantee that Greeley, Evans, and Garden City has a representative that reflects the people they elect. I want to safeguard and improve everyone’s access to well-paying jobs, quality education, and transparency in all levels of government. It is time that we empower people to feel excited about the future of their government.
Colorado has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation. I will work to ensure that Colorado continues this success. I want to ensure we have a thriving labor force by continuing to promote small business development, innovation, and technical assistance, particularly here in Northern Colorado.
Colorado currently ranks 43rd in the nation on per student spending (Source: 2015 Annual Survey of School System Finances, U.S. Census Bureau) The state currently spends around $3,000 per student. Our schools continue to grow yet have to fight for a small pool of funding. I will fight to provide schools with the funding they need to provide students with the education necessary for the 21st century.
TRANSPARENCY / ACCESSIBILITY
It seems like politicians these days are afraid to talk to their constituents. I will not be afraid to talk to you. As a member of the city council, I hold monthly town halls so that my constituents always know a time they can talk to me. I also provided a monthly newsletter in English and Spanish to update my community on their local governments happenings. This transparency and accessibility will continue while I serve as your next State Representative.
My name is Tommy Butler, and I’m running for Weld County Council – At Large – because our government should serve the people of Weld County. The County Council is our County’s oversight board. Its members perform audits, monitor conflicts of interest, and set county elected officials’ salaries. I hope to bring more accountable leadership and real oversight on the Council. And until our County Commissioners are more accountable to the people of Weld County, they shouldn’t see a pay raise.
Now, that you know why I am running, let me back up and tell you a little bit about myself. I was born and raised in rural, Rifle, Colorado. After High School, I graduated from UNC in Greeley and found a great community that my wife, Molly, and I fell in love with—it’s where we bought our first home. I currently work at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley. I’m on the executive committee of the Weld County Democratic Party and the board of the Weld County Young Dems—to put it simply, I’m a proud rural Democrat. Being active in the community has helped me get to know the amazing people that live and work in Weld County and the issues that matter to them. I believe in the future of Weld County, because I live here. Its where I want to raise a family, and I want to ensure that our economy is built for the long run, so that we can pass it on to the next generation.
One of the most important roles of the County Council is to perform audits; we need to take a real look at how sustainable our county’s economy is with an eye toward the future. We need to be asking the important questions now. What can we do to diversify our county’s economy? And what are we doing that might be hurting our long-term sustainability?
Another reason I am running is because we aren’t represented by our current leadership. I have been disturbed by the constant bickering that we see from our current County Commissioners. We need leadership that will work to build relationships instead of leaders that pick a side in a fight and dig in. If I am elected, I will hold community meetings all over the county so that you, and everyone else in our community, have the opportunity to speak with your representatives and share your thoughts and ideas.
Our elected leaders can’t represent us if they don’t know how we feel about the issues that matter most. Our representatives should serve the people. The Weld County Council can do just that. My name is Tommy Butler. I’m running for Weld County Council – At Large because I will serve the people of Weld County.
As a proud veteran, veterinarian, small business owner, and father, Chase understands the issues Colorado families are facing and the values we share: leading with courage, honor, and integrity, protecting our Colorado way of life, standing up for our hard-won civil rights, and securing affordable healthcare, a quality education, and great opportunities for all Americans. Our future is worth fighting for, so send a warrior to Washington.
Saturday, 20 January 2018
10 AM – 11:30 Weld County Court House Steps to
Lincoln Park, Greeley, CO
This march is to protest and call out Trump’s degrading behavior toward women, what it signals to other men and most importantly what it signals to our youth…
It also supports what women and men can do to challenge and fight back against his irrational, sexist, and racist actions, his disrespect for nations, our planet and his quest for profit over people. Our guest speaker will be Karen McCormick, Candidate for Congress, CD 4.
Karen has been a resident of Longmont, CO for over 22 years and is married to a native Coloradan, Gregg. During her 33 year career as a veterinarian, she owned and managed a veterinary hospital that employed 24 people and grew to grossing over $2 million a year. Her husband owns an auto repair shop in Longmont and works as a broker for business owners to sell their businesses. As a business owner, Karen understands and has experienced the challenges and rewards it entails. Karen started her veterinary career at the University of Florida, working in Florida and Virginia before settling in Colorado. It’s here she raised three daughters, Kendall, Camryn and Erin, all young adults now.
Karen grew up in a Navy family. Her father was a fighter pilot whose career included serving as the Captain of the USS America and retiring as a Rear Admiral after proudly serving for over 30 years. Relocating every year or two as a child gave her an invaluable education through the experience of seeing and being able to appreciate so much of this great country. Such an upbringing instilled in her a deep understanding of what it means to be an American.
Karen has two siblings, an older and younger brother. Her older brother Glenn was also a Navy fighter pilot and now flies for American Airlines. Her younger brother Chris is an entrepreneur who started and successfully ran an aerospace company based in Golden, Colorado and continues to work in the satellite field. Her mother is an active and energetic citizen of Longmont.
Involvement in volunteer work has been an important part of service to the community for Karen. She has been a board member for 9 years with Project V.E.T.S, a nonprofit dedicated to saving the planet one animal at a time. She volunteered and was a board member with Vidas, a nonprofit that holds large scale spay and neuter clinics and educational outreach in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. She is currently a volunteer English language teacher for Intercambio – Uniting Communities, where she teaches English to immigrant community members. She has also served as a communications coach in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Colorado State University, where she helps to train the next generation of Colorado veterinarians.
The passion Karen has for Colorado and her country has driven her to speak up, to stand up, and run for office.
Rep. Dave Young has been a state representative since July 2011, representing east Greeley, Evans and Garden City.
On November 1st, Rep. Young announced his candidacy for State Treasurer. The election for this office will be in November 2018.
Over the past three years, Rep. Young has served as chair of the House Appropriations Committee and as a member of the Joint Budget Committee. Before that, he served as vice chair of the House Public Health and Human Services Committee, and as a member of the House Education Committee, the House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee, and the House Transportation Committee. He served as co-chair of the 2013 Flood Disaster Study Committee and was a legislative member of the Community Living Advisory Group.
During his time in the Colorado legislature, he introduced and passed the Advanced Industries Accelerator Act. He was also the prime sponsor of a bill to cut business personal property tax on over 30,000 small Colorado businesses. In addition, he passed legislation for Medicaid payment reform.
This past 2017 session, he passed 15 bills including the Long Bill (the state’s budget bill). Many of his bills were focused on reforming Medicaid and long-term services and supports for seniors and people living with disabilities.
Other policy areas include:
- Reforming school finance, student testing and assessment systems, and online education
- Improving public safety in regards to drunk and impaired driving
- Integrating behavioral and mental health systems with primary care to achieve better health outcomes
- Improving budget accountability and the funding of essential services for Coloradans
Before his work as a legislator, Dave was a senior instructor for the Information and Learning Technologies program at the University of Colorado Denver. Prior to that, he was an information architect for a large Web services company. Rep. Young started his career as a junior high math, science and technology teacher. Dave has lived in Greeley for over 40 years and is a native Coloradan.
Rep. Young earned his MA in Information and Learning Technologies from UC Denver in 2000, and his BS in Mathematics from Colorado State University in 1975.
Dave is married to Dr. Mary Young, a school psychologist for Centennial BOCES. Dave’s sister, who is developmentally disabled, lives in Pueblo West.
Rep. Young is committed to public service and community involvement. In addition to being an Advocate for Life for the Donor Alliance, he worked as a trail maintenance volunteer for the Poudre River Trail. To learn more, visit www.RepDaveYoung.com and www.facebook.com/StateRepresentativeDaveYoung.