On Monday, Jared Polis released the first ad of his campaign for governor. The 30-second video features U.S. Representative and civil rights hero John Lewis, who worked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to lead the historic march out of Selma and was one of the original Freedom Riders. Rep. Lewis has been on the frontlines of progressive social movements and the civil rights movement in the United States ever since.
“Congressman Lewis has always been a hero of mine, and it is beyond humbling to have his support as we continue building a more equal, more just nation,” Jared Polis said. “John Lewis knows what it means to fight for our fundamental rights and shared values. I’m proud to have partnered with him to expand access to health care, defend civil rights, and fight back against Donald Trump’s attacks on our communities. I will be honored to continue that important work as governor of Colorado.”
Below is a transcript of Lewis’ remarks in the ad:
“Not long ago, only 58 people in all of Congress had the courage to say, ‘We must start to impeach Donald Trump.’ Jared Polis is one of those few leaders courageous enough to vote to end Donald Trump’s presidency. Jared and I have worked together for years to expand civil rights and to make health care more affordable to millions. I’m proud to call Jared my friend. He has the courage to be a great governor for Colorado.”