2020 Colorado Federal Candidates
Fmr. Gov. John Hickenlooper
2020 Candidate for US Senate
I’m running to give Colorado’s priorities and values a voice in Washington. Right now we’re represented by a senator who works to undo our progress by voting 99% of the time with Donald Trump and going along with Mitch McConnell’s obstruction and partisan political games.
John Hickenlooper didn’t take the usual path to public office. After working as a geologist, he became a brewer and small business owner whose successful pub was a part of the revitalization of a neglected warehouse district in Denver.
John’s independence was a hallmark of his record as mayor, where he brought people together to get things done. It was the same approach John took as governor, where he helped take the state from 40th in job creation to the top economy in the country.
John is running for Senate to make Washington work for Coloradans by bringing people together to lower health care and prescription drug costs, to keep our families safe from gun violence, and protect the state’s public lands while also combating climate change.
2020 Candidate for US Congress District 5
Jillian Freeland is running to represent Colorado’s Fifth Congressional District in the US House of Representatives. Jillian understands the struggles of middle-class Coloradans; her experience mirrors that of many residents in Colorado’s Fifth Congressional District, so she can be an excellent advocate for us in Congress. The high cost of living in Colorado Springs means she has to clip coupons, shop at thrift stores, and make tough choices regarding the expenses of raising two beautiful daughters. Her ability to stretch a paycheck to meet the needs of a young family will be instrumental in reducing our national debt without cutting the social safety nets that Americans depend on.
Jillian owned and operated a small business providing midwifery services to growing families in the Pikes Peak region. As a women’s healthcare provider, Jillian knows firsthand what works in our healthcare system and where we can make improvements. She supports reducing what Americans spend by championing universal healthcare, allowing the reimportation of prescription drugs, and streamlining the entire industry. Jillian will fight until every person has high-quality healthcare that we can be proud of as a country.
Jillian’s daughters are one and four years old, and she knows that the path we are on now will leave them with a planet in peril. The Freeland family’s home is solar powered and their car is a hybrid, but Jillian knows this isn’t enough. We have to be bold and introduce legislation that addresses the climate crisis, protects our wild spaces, and guarantees every person access to clean air and water. We must write our environmental policy with an understanding that poor neighborhoods and people of color are disproportionately affected by pollution, and make sure that people currently employed in the fossil fuel industry aren’t left behind as we transition to renewable resources. We can solve the crisis, but we must act with urgency.
For the last three years, Jillian has worked to connect constituents with their elected officials through grassroots activism. This experience made it clear that many politicians are not interested in hearing from the people they allegedly represent. Money from the ultra-wealthy, large corporations, and lobbyists have purchased influence with politicians in Colorado and across the country. That is why Jillian is rejecting all money from corporate PACs and is running a truly grassroots campaign - of the people, for the people. Jillian is calling for publicly funded campaigns and government accountability measures to limit big money influence in politics.
People have said that the Fifth Congressional District in Colorado is too conservative and a Democrat cannot win here, but Jillian is a new kind of candidate; she is from the middle class and is working for the middle class. Join us as we work to elect a champion of the people to the United States House of Representatives. It’s past time to return our government to the people!
Jillian graduated from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, as well as attaining certification as a midwife at Maternidad La Luz Midwifery School. Since moving to Colorado Springs with her partner, Dylan, in 2013, she has invested in the community by serving on the following boards:
El Paso County Board of Adjustment
El Paso County Community Corrections Board
El Paso County Democrats Executive Committee
Unite Colorado Springs (Grassroots Activism)
Vice President of Cuchares Ranch Homeowners Association
She has also been a volunteer community organizer with Indivisible, MoveOn, the Colorado Action Network, and Planned Parenthood.