Lesley Smith for University of Colorado Regent At-Large


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.

Meeting Wednesday July 25th

There will be a general members’ meeting on Wednesday, July 25th. Candidates and/or their surrogates are invited to give short speeches and take questions. We’d like for you to submit questions for either individual candidates or for all — please email Lyn: greeleyindivisible@gmail.com. And do come to the meeting and make your voice heard — take the mic!

Our Democratic candidates are already working hard to win in November. Please consider your role as a progressive, mindful person in getting people registered, their ballots filled out and either mailed or turned in. Know the rules — thankfully, this vote is really simple compared to voting in the primary.

Phil Kelley for CO Senate District 13

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!

Email  kelleysenate13@gmail.com

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Phone # 970-405-8259