Lesley Smith is running to be your University of Colorado Regent At-Large because she has the courage and the experience to make a difference in our state. As a career CU scientist and educator, an eight-year local school board veteran, and the first woman aquanaut to live and work in the Aquarius underwater research lab, she is exceptionally qualified to take on the challenges facing Colorado’s flagship university system. She will:
– Fight for affordable, accessible pathways to success
– Ensure that CU offers students an excellent, relevant education that equips them with the critical thinking skills to be workforce-ready
– Work hard to attract strong funding for a strong CU system
About the Board of Regents
The Board of Regents oversees the CU System, which is made up of four campuses, 36,000 staff, and 72,000 students. CU is an economic driver of our state and the third largest employer in Colorado, contributing over $12 billion annually to the state’s economy and bringing in more than $1 billion per year in research funding.
The Board of Regents consists of nine members serving staggered six-year terms, one elected from each of Colorado’s seven congressional districts and two from the state at-large.
Learn more about Lesley here: www.LesleyForCU.org.
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Awesome video that speaks to all generations, but especially to our younger voters.
It is truly an honor for me to be your candidate for the Colorado state Senate District 13. I like to start by telling you a little about myself. I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago Illinois. When I turned 18 like so many of us at that time I volunteered for the Army an Vietnam. My first assignment was as an infantryman in the Central Highlands with the fourth infantry division. My next assignment was as a crew chief on a helicopter gunship. While in combat, I was decorated several times for heroism on the battlefield. Among my decorations are the Distinguished Flying Cross as well as the Bronze Star.
After my years in the military like so many, I tried to create the best life I could for myself and eventually my family, in these early years, is when I started to become very politically and socially active. I was fortunate enough to get a good paying job represented by the United Auto Workers.
Over the decades I served in the union leadership for Several years. As a union organizer I also sat on the executive board in several different positions. I also served as a trainer in my later years, to help educate our new members. Also generally helping any way I could to improve the lives of the people around me and in my community. As I started to get closer to retirement I knew there was only one place for me, that place has always been Colorado. My dream in retirement was to come out to Colorado and enjoy my hobby of panning for gold. That plan was working very well for a couple of years.
Then that fateful day happen to all of us in November 2016. The bottom seemed to fall out of our world. When the would-be tyrant was placed in the White House. Over the next year, we all watched in horror, as the dismantling of our democratic republic was happening all around us. For myself, as well as many of you this was a very depressing time. But now that we have seen what the Republicans are up to it’s time to stand up and fight.
To fight against corporations controlling our society, to fight for good pay and respect for our teachers. To protect our environment from corporations that only look at the bottom-line and could care less what they leave behind. These are just some of the things we are fighting for.
This, friends, is exactly why I have stepped forward. There is no way, I could have continued with my retirement. Trying to go into the mountains and enjoy my hobby. When there was so much pain, misery, and suffering going on because of ultraconservative policies that hurt the middle class as well as those in need. These are just some of the reasons, I had to stand up and be counted once again to help protect my country. Against the forces, that wish to change our society to one that serves the needs of the corporation and the rich.
As you know, I cannot do this alone. The only way we had a chance to win in November is with motivated volunteers to help this campaign win. The last ingredient for a victory in November is money. I am not a rich man, I’m not a business owner, and I’m not a rich lawyer. I’m just a dedicated American who loves his country and will do everything he can to stop the aggression from the right. I truly need your help to fulfill our dream. Please volunteer and donate money to this campaign for a solid, caring, respectful future.
The slogan of this campaign is, It’s time we had a working person representing working people. That is the way the founding fathers wanted it!
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June 20th Meeting is Cancelled – Work for your candidates!
|When:||Wednesday, May 23, 5:00 PM|
Congressional (CD4), Colorado state and local progressive candidates are invited to spend both social and formal time starting at 5:00 PM, with a cash bar, then having speeches and Q&A time ending around 8:00 PM. Surrogates of candidates are welcome to speak. We are proud that Northern Colorado Latino Foundation is co-hosting this event. Please go to their page to learn more about them: http://www.northerncoloradolatinofoundation.com
My name is Susie Velasquez and I decided to run for Clerk and Recorder because I love Weld County, but some things need to change and I am the choice for that change. I grew up here and I am Weld County, just like you. I grew up in Milliken, a small farming town in Weld County. My dad worked at the sugar factory in Johnstown and my mom worked at the Milliken potato dock sorting potatoes. I’m one of 11 children – my 8 brothers, 2 sisters and me. We worked fields in the summertime picking beans and cherries. They had a harder life being the eldest of the family but each one of us has our own story. My brothers served in the military – Air Force, Army, Korean War and Vietnam War. They made a difficult but proud sacrifice serving our country.
I am a product of Weld County having graduated from high school and college in Weld County, and the only one in my family to graduate from college. I graduated from Roosevelt High School in Johnstown, Aims Community College with a Liberal Arts degree, University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and the University of Denver Law School with a law degree.
I am a public servant. I served as Assistant Attorney General for the Office of the Colorado Attorney General and I now serve as the Weld County Public Trustee. Because of this, I know how to run an office and manage employees. I’ve managed the Public Trustee office for the past 11 years. I have worked hard and I have the dedication and experience it takes to run a complex office like the Clerk and Recorder.
I will work to bring efficiency and fairness to the Clerk and Recorder’s office by treating existing employees with the support and respect that they deserve. Employees are the Clerk and Recorder’s greatest asset and if we don’t treat them that way, then we all suffer for it.
I will work for accountability and transparency in the redistricting process. The Clerk and Recorder is responsible for working with the County Commissioners to redraw their own district boundary lines. Right now that process is done behind closed doors with no input or comments from voters like you and me. I will be a strong advocate for complete transparency.
I ask for your support because together we can be the choice for change in Weld County.
I grew up in a working-class family in Estes Park. I started working the summer after 7th grade and saw how many Colorado families struggled to make ends meet. That inspired me to be the first person in my family to attend a four-year college and then law school, because I wanted to help even the playing field for Coloradans. After law school, I practiced international anti-bribery law and worked to protect Coloradans’ voting rights as a voter protection attorney on President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. After that, I continued to serve the state as Director of the Colorado Governor’s DC Office, and then opened my own practice in Louisville.
Our country is at a turning point. I am running for Secretary of State to ensure our democracy remains strong. As Secretary of State, I plan to:
Stand up to President Trump and oppose any attempts to disenfranchise voters.
Increase voter participation by implementing automatic voter registration.
Bolster our election’s cybersecurity to stop cyberattacks from Russia and other countries.
Fight to get dark money out of our politics.
Support requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns to get onto the ballot.
In the era of Trump, it is critical that we elect people who will stand up to protect our democracy. That is exactly what I will do as Secretary of State. I would be honored to earn your vote at State Assembly, and hope to work with you to ensure Colorado goes blue in 2018.
Phil Weiser is an innovative, effective leader who has dedicated his life to public service and teaching. He is a lifelong Democrat who has worked on behalf of Democratic candidates in Colorado for over 20 years. He is running to be Colorado’s next Attorney General because he is committed to defending our freedoms, fighting for opportunities for all, and protecting our land, air, and water.
Phil is optimistic about taking back our democracy in 2018. He learned this optimism and the importance of protecting our democracy from his family – immigrants who survived the Holocaust. He knows – just like many Coloradans that he’s talked to in his 64-county campaign tour of all Colorado counties- that we can do better – as a state and as a country.
Now more than ever, State AG’s are the last line of defense between our rights and the overreaching executive and dysfunctional legislative branches. The AG’s office is Colorado’s biggest law firm and requires a lot of knowledge and experience. Phil is the right person at the right time for this role. He is the right person because he knows all of the legal tools needed to be effective at both the state and national level–skills he gained clerking for Ruth Bader Ginsburg and working for Barack Obama in the White House. He also has experience leading litigation against corporate wrongdoers at the Department of Justice under two administrations (Clinton and Obama). But most importantly, he knows how to lead, inspire and manage lawyers–leadership he has demonstrated as Dean of University of Colorado Law School School, where he led that large organization effectively and recruited and mentored a diverse group of students and instructors.
After graduating law school, Phil worked in Denver for Judge Ebel on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. He then went to work at the United States Supreme Court, serving as a law clerk for Justices Byron White and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He next served in President Clinton’s Department of Justice before coming back to Colorado to teach as a professor at the University of Colorado Law School. At CU Law, Phil founded the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship, litigated civil rights cases, co-chaired Governor Bill Ritter’s Innovation Council, and served on President Obama’s Transition Team, overseeing the Federal Trade Commission.
From 2009-11, Phil served in the Obama Administration as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice and as Senior Advisor for Technology and Innovation at the White House’s National Economic Council. At the Justice Department, Phil oversaw complex antitrust investigations, worked to strengthen the review of anticompetitive mergers, and spearheaded an effort to promote competition in agriculture. At the White House, Phil spearheaded what became a bipartisan effort to increase access to wireless spectrum and enable the deployment of an interoperable wireless broadband network for public safety.
As the Dean of the University of Colorado Law School from 2011-16, Phil held tuition flat and more than doubled student scholarships, attracting more applicants than ever before (at a time when applications to law school fell nationwide). He also took seriously the need to train the next generation of leaders of Colorado, helping students find jobs in a changing environment and actively supporting entrepreneurship on campus and in the community. Phil also emerged as a leader in the Colorado startup community, co-founding Startup Colorado and founding the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network, to help grow Colorado’s economy.