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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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.
Carl Erickson, longtime resident of Weld County, Current Chair of Weld Air and Water, former Trainer and Interpreter/ Tutor, frequent contributor to local newspapers, has declared his candidacy for Weld County Commissioner At Large.
“I am pleased and honored to announce my candidacy for Weld County Commissioner At Large. During my term as Chair of Weld Air and Water, I have gained an understanding of the complexities of county, state and local governments including capabilities, limitations and need for meaningful government.
“In my candidacy, I see hope for a sustainable, positive future path for Weld County without the encumbrances of trivial pursuits.
“Most importantly, the primary role for a commissioner should be to be an advocate for the people of the county. There are many issues that will come before us in the next four years. They include transportation issues like roads, the ever-present water issue, balancing industrial growth with residential needs. In addition, we need to strengthen our infrastructure and to bring more accessible services to our vast county.
“Second, a commissioner should be a vital and accessible communications link between the people and the county government. In my role as a long-time customer service trainer, I am used to hearing from many sides. I am comfortable in hearing from residents and government. I listen to both their needs and strive to find a mutually acceptable beneficial outcome.
“Third, as commissioner, I can be a valued partner with county planning, by taking advantage of my experience, skills and perspectives, gained from my community activism.
“Fourth, because of this experience, I have “people skills” that can be used to bring people together toward common goals and unity.
“I firmly believe that each and every person in Weld County is here for a reason, that within the common voice of this County, there is an answer for each challenge that confronts us. Someone in this County has an answer to our ever present need for water resources, our need for better health services, our road maintenance requirements, our energy needs, our children’s services and our service for our senior population. It is my belief that the role of the government of this County is to seek out those voices that are expressing the solutions. It is the job of the Commissioners to find the voices that hold the answers. This means making the Commissioners as accessible as possible. Meetings should be held at a variety of times, at a variety of locations so that we can maximize the chance that solutions are found. Seeking out the resources, rather than waiting for them to present themselves.
“I look forward to a positive campaign, meeting residents, and tackling challenges.”
Why I Am Running
As I have traveled across the country and the state of Colorado, I have learned that regardless of their political affiliation, financial status, ethnic background or race, all Americans have the same desire to live a happy, long and decent life in a safe community. But, the political climate has created an impression that these desires are not equally available to everyone.
I also noticed that as citizens, we no longer talk to each other, we talk at each other. We need leaders that will listen to all sides and come up with common sense solutions to issues that will guarantee everyone their right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.
I have been engaged in this conversation since I came to this country and I have decided to continue my quest for solutions by running for the Colorado State House of Representative, representing House District 48.
I want this government to be of the people, by the people and for the people. I am asking that every voter in HD 48 evaluate all the issues before voting and am asking for your vote. I know that this a huge responsibility. As my background and experience show, I do not shy away from stepping up to face challenges head on. I believe in people and I am sure as I travel the District visiting with you and listening to your concerns regarding the issues that face us all, I will earn your vote to be your representative.
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.