Rochelle Galindo for CO House District 50

Rochelle Galindo

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.

JOBS

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.

EDUCATION

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.

Tommy Butler for Weld County Council – At Large

TommyButler

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.

Chase Kohne for Congress

Dr. Chase Kohne decided to run for Congress for the same reason he became a veterinarian and joined the Army—a deep lifelong desire to serve others and help them thrive. His extensive background in the military, agriculture, medicine, and civil affairs makes him an effective and passionate advocate for providing affordable healthcare for all, achieving our renewable energy goals in Colorado and beyond, securing a great education for every American, growing opportunities for rural Coloradans to succeed, and bringing honesty and integrity to Washington.
Born in a small farming town and raised with the values of hard work and integrity, Chase’s rural upbringing inspired him to become a large animal veterinarian. He owns his own veterinary practice in Castle Rock and cares for horses, cows, and other animals on farms throughout the Fourth Congressional District.
Chase joined the Army to defend the American values of freedom, equality, and justice for all. He earned the Bronze Star for his service in Afghanistan, where he helped rural Afghans improve their agricultural products and resist the Taliban as well as working with local leaders to identify and provide community needs. As a veterinarian, he also helped Afghan villagers care for the sheep and goats they depend on.
He continues to serve our nation as a Major in the Army Reserve. His wife Amberlie, who is currently deployed overseas in support of our national security, is a registered nurse and a Captain in the Army Reserve. They are the proud parents of two daughters who inspire Chase every day to make Colorado and our nation a better place to live, learn, work, and visit.

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.