Democratic Elected Officials

Michael Bennet

US Senator

Michael F. Bennet was elected United States Senator for Colorado in November 2010. A newcomer to politics with experience in business and public service, he is widely-recognized as a pragmatic, innovative and independent thinker driven by a deep-seated obligation to create more opportunity for the next generation.

Jared Polis

Governor Of Colorado

I’m a Coloradan. I was born here in 1975. 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.  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’m 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

Phil Weiser

State Of Colorado Attorney General

PHIL WEISER is the Hatfield Professor of Law and former Dean of the University of Colorado Law School. He is a beloved teacher and leader in Colorado’s entrepreneurial community. Phil held senior leadership positions in the Obama administration, appointed to serve 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 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. Earlier in his career, Phil served in President Clinton’s Department of Justice. After graduating law school, Phil worked in Denver for Judge Ebel on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and held two clerkships at the United States Supreme Court, for Justices Byron White and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.


Phil lives in Denver with his wife Dr. Heidi Wald, and their two children.

Jena Griswold

Colorado Secretary of State

Jena Griswold is a lawyer and small business owner, who has spent her career fighting for justice and fairness. Jena is running for Secretary of State to protect our right to vote, increase transparency in government, bolster cyber security in our elections, and ensure redistricting is done fairly. She is committed to standing up to attacks on our voting rights, getting dark money out of politics, and advocating for voters in Colorado. Growing up in Estes Park as part of a working-class family, Jena realized that she wanted to help even the playing field for Coloradans. That’s why, after law school, Jena left her law firm to work to protect our voting rights as part of President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign. During that election, she saw firsthand how the Secretary of State’s policies affect Coloradans’ right to vote. 


Griswold, 33, holds a double Bachelor’s degree in Politics and Spanish Literature from Whitman College. She received her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Griswold previously practiced international anti-bribery law in Washington, D.C. and served as Director of Governor Hickenlooper’s D.C. Office. She is a small business owner and lives in Louisville.

Dave Young

Colorado State Treasurer

My name is Dave Young, and I am a Democrat running for Colorado State Treasurer.  I am a Greeley resident, and a Colorado native. I worked 24 years as a public school math teacher.  I’ve spent my legislative career advocating for increased education funding, improved services for seniors and people with disabilities, and policies that help teachers and students. Families throughout Colorado depend on PERA. As a PERA member and your next State Treasurer, I will protect PERA from the Republican attacks to undermine it.

As a State House Representative in Weld County, I have a history of fighting for progressive change like universal healthcare, renewable energy, gun violence protection, and civil rights for all.


Our state is growing rapidly. But not everyone is sharing in our state’s prosperity. Places like Greeley and rural Colorado where I come from continue to struggle. I am running for Treasurer because I believe we need to put Colorado on better financial footing, where prosperity from our growth is shared.

Pete Lee

State Senator District 11

Pete Lee is the State Senator for Colorado SD11. He has been a lawyer, a small business owner, and an executive at a NYSE listed corporation. Senator Lee and his wife Lynn have lived in Colorado Springs for over 40 years.

He has sponsored legislation to transform our criminal justice system from one of retribution to one of restoration and rehabilitation; to grow our economy and support small business workforce development; and to expand access to capital in small stock offerings.

Tony Exum

Colorado Representative for House District 17

The Representative for Colorado's 17th House District, Tony has lived in Southeast COS for more than 60 years--36 of which he spent as a local firefighter. From running into burning buildings, to passing legislation ensuring that every child gets to start the school day with a full stomach, public service has been the driving motivation behind Tony's entire adult life. 

Marc Snyder

State House District 18 Representative

Folks in the Pikes Peak region are most likely to recognize me from my 12-year tenure – six of those as mayor – on the Manitou Springs City Council, from which I retired in January 2016. It was certainly an extraordinary time to be at the helm as we faced catastrophic fires and floods, a recession, and numerous other landmark changes to our institutions and infrastructure. Fortunately, I was surrounded by a lot of smart people and I was able to apply the skills, connections, and experience I’ve honed over my diverse 30-year-career. Together, we were able to secure grants for flood damage and mitigation that will protect Manitou for generations, which makes me very proud. Marijuana dispensaries now contribute over $1 million every year to the city’s coffers, a revenue stream that is literally helping to pave the way toward all sorts of local improvements. And, we expanded open space to Iron Mountain and the Manitou Incline which provide unique recreational opportunities to our citizens and visitors.

By profession, I am an attorney. My practice is in wills, trusts, and estates law, specializing in helping families with adults or children who have disabilities. This area of law has been my focus since I opened the doors to my practice on West Colorado Avenue in 1995 and fulfills a long-held desire I have always had to protect and defend the rights of citizens with special needs.

I obtained my law degree from Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia in 1987. I began my legal career as an attorney for a title services company in Rockville, Maryland. During that time, my future-wife, Kelly, and I met on a co-ed softball team in a rec league at the National Institutes of Health, where Kelly was working as a paralegal and I was brought in as a “ringer” to help a struggling team. We eventually became engaged and began a search to find the perfect location to start a family and be closer to her western-based roots. As we toured the region, , we fell in love with Manitou Springs … its natural beauty, close-knit community and proximity to Colorado Springs, where I could hang out my shingle and open my law practice.

Kelly and I were married in El Paso, Texas on March 19, 1995 and began our life together in Colorado shortly thereafter. I launched my law practice and Kelly became a homemaker, uber volunteer and community activist. We have two wonderful daughters who were raised in Manitou Springs and are currently attending college.

But my professional life is only a part of my story, because I have always had a keen interest in community issues and have worked tirelessly throughout my adult life in roles that allow me to participate in making the world around me better. I was elected city-wide five times in Manitou Springs: twice as an at-large city councilor and three times as Mayor.

Over the past two decades, I have served as a leader and a member of more than a dozen county and regional entities working to improve local transportation, health, economic development, building, sustainability, urban renewal, restorative justice, and military care.

I am a person who serves with joy — the joy of working with incredible people, the joy of building an even stronger and more vibrant community, the joy of knowing that in some small way, I’m helping leave a better world for my children and the generations to come. I am eager to apply my knowledge and background in a new role as your state representative. We’ve come a long way together since 1995, but there’s so much left to do. Please join me as I continue to work to make our community the very best it can be.

Lesley Smith

CU Regent

I’m an exceptionally qualified progressive Democrat running for CU Regent at Large. No matter if a student is a Boetcher Scholar, an under served, or non-traditional student, I’ll make sure every student attending CU believes their education has made a difference in their life and puts them on a pathway to success. As the first woman aquanaut to live and work in the Aquarius underwater research lab in an all-male team and devoting my life to diversifying the STEM fields; an eight-year local school board veteran serving a similar role as the CU Board of Regents; and a career scientist and educator at CU raising nearly $8M to serve teachers, and K-12 and post-secondary students across our state, I’m exceptionally qualified to take on the challenges our flagship university faces. I believe in CU, in public education, and in the imperative of providing pathways for all students to achieve a high quality education. If elected, I promise to work for an excellent relevant education for all students that prepare them for the workforce, to provide all students an affordable, accessible pathway to success, and to work hard to secure funding for a strong CU system. - Common name, Uncommon Leadership!    


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