Colorado State Candidates 2018
2018 Candidate for 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. 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’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
Attorney General Candidate 2018
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.
Secretary of State Candidate 2018
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.
Colorado State Treasurer Candidate 2018
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.