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.

Greeley Solidarity Women’s March

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 McCormick for Congress

Karen McCormick 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.

Dave Young, Candidate for State Treasurer

DaveYoungRep. 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.

Indivisible at 1

One year ago, we didn’t set out to tell people to have hope. We set out to tell people they have power. And with that power, you gave an entire country hope and showed them resisting the Trump agenda was possible.

Today’s the first anniversary of this movement and we’re celebrating you. We have a lot of fun things in store on Facebook and Twitter to show our gratitude, and we can’t wait for you to see them. But first, we want to share a message and a video we made to commemorate the brilliant work you’ve done this year.

Greeley Indivisible Meeting Dec 13, 2017

JOSEPH SALAZAR, CO State Representative
Joe Salazar
GUEST SPEAKER AT GREELEY INDIVISIBLE MEETING
Joe is a champion for the environment and will talk about the bills he will introduce during the 2018 Colorado Legislature related to Oil and Gas regulations. He will also advise on how to make verbal or written comments during Legislation.
Also, Learn Facts on Democratic Caucus, Assemblies and Primary
Wednesday
December 13th at 6:00 – 8:00 pm
JOE MOLINA GALLERY
930 8th Ave
Greeley, CO
For more information, contact greeleyindivisible@gmail.com

Trish Zornio – Exploring US Senate 2020

Trish Zornio

A forward-thinker by all standards, Trish firmly believes America exists on a precipice of opportunity with the potential to embrace some of the largest economic and social advances in history. She envisions that with smart investments in green technologies, education, science, medicine, and more, America has the potential to be global leaders in building a future for the future. From the latest research, Trish realizes the necessity that America adapt rapidly to an ever-changing and mobile world by working to create new sustainable jobs, infrastructure, educational opportunities, social justices, and marked improvement in a work-life balance for all American citizens (e.g. eliminating the need to work multiple jobs just to pay the bills and living paycheck to paycheck). Additionally, she is an avid advocate for policy which maximizes the opportunities for all Americans, and is passionate to fight for the values of her friends, family, and fellow Coloradans.

Trish lives at her home in Superior, Colorado and is a biomedical researcher and speaker by training. She is currently penning her first non-fiction book on her political convictions and values, and additionally serves as a Board Advisor for the 500 Women Scientists Youth Pod in Boulder County, the Principal Director of CoMusica (a community music program she founded in 2013), and as Lead Coordinator for 314 Action Colorado Chapter, a nonprofit aimed at transitioning scientists into policy. She also leads a STEM Outreach initiative for the Colorado State Democratic Party, partnering legislators with experts for policy research and development. Trish has previously worked at the University of Colorado Boulder, Denver Health Hospital, and the Stanford University School of Medicine, most recently working on a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded study to solve rare and undiagnosed diseases. As a scientist who passionately believes in applying evidence-based solutions to policy, Trish is actively exploring a bid for the U.S. Senate in Colorado, 2020.