Jena Griswold for Secretary of State

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 for Attorney General

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 for Weld County Commissioner At Large

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.”

Gbenga Ajiboye for House District 48

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.

Joe Salazar for Attorney General

Joe SalazarColorado State Representative, Joe Salazar, is running for the Office of the Colorado Attorney General. Joe intends to take the AG’s Office out of the hands of corporations and special interests and return the People’s Lawyer back to the People!

Serving in the Colorado House of Representatives since 2013, Joe is the only candidate with the track record of fighting for communities and the health of Colorado’s environment. As a state representative, he serves as vice-chair of the Judiciary Committee. During the 2017 session, Joe brought forth bills that directly fought against the federal overreach of our current administration. As an attorney, his practice of law has always encompassed a focus on cases of constitutional and anti-discrimination issues. His expertise in employment law, civil rights, constitutional and federal Indian law has assisted in his development of legislation while working directly with the communities they impact. His direct work with stakeholders and constituents alike is why he is the candidate that has the support of the People statewide.

Jared Polis for Governor

Jared PolisI’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 – State Board of Education CD-4

Tim Krug

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.

System Failure

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.

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.