Jared Polis’ Bold, Progressive Vision for Colorado Brings Assembly Delegates to Their Feet

Coloradans who Break Barriers Join in Nominating, Supporting Jared Polis for Governor

BROOMFIELD — At the Democratic State Assembly today, Jared Polis outlined his vision for how Colorado can stand up to Donald Trump and the lead the nation with bold action and a progressive vision.

“And as governor, I am ready on day one to go toe-to-toe with Donald Trump,” Polis said in his remarks. “But playing defense isn’t enough. I’m running for governor because I believe in the power of big ideas, and it’s up to us to take bold, progressive action right here in Colorado.”

Polis earned cheers with his plans to provide free, full-day preschool and kindergarten for every family, make our state 100% renewable by 2040, and bring universal health care to Colorado.

Coloradans have an opportunity to make history this year by electing the nation’s first openly gay governor into office.

“I will be proud to be the first openly gay elected governor in the history of the United States,” Polis said.  “Take that Mike Pence!”

Polis was nominated for the ballot by his partner Marlon Reis, and his nomination was seconded by Colorado DREAMer Bianca Acosta. Also on stage supporting Jared were State Rep. Leslie Herod, the first LGBTQ black woman to hold elected office in Colorado; retired teacher and Trinidad City Councilor Pat Fletcher; Pipefitter and Union 208 member Gary Arnold; Eagle County Commissioner Jill Ryan; Adams County Commissioner Eva Henry; longtime community leader and First Latina elected to the Westminster City Council and current Mayor Pro-Tem Maria De Cambra; Cancer Survivor Marcia Kohler, whose family was saved by the Affordable Care Act; and Coloradans from all walks of life and parts of the state.

“I’m proud to stand by my partner and my fellow parent to our children, Jared Polis, who has worked hard every day to break down barriers for others, expand opportunity for those often left behind, and give a voice and representation to those with none,” said Marlon Reis. “There is no one who works harder than Jared. Ten years ago, you made history by sending Jared to Congress. Now let’s show the nation that Colorado is ready to lead the way in building a bright, progressive, inclusive future by electing Jared Polis as our governor. I couldn’t be more excited to nominate Jared Polis for the ballot for governor of Colorado!”

“I’m working hard to make Jared Polis our next governor — not just because we’ll break a huge barrier and make history by doing so, but because Jared is the best possible candidate to lead this state into the future,” said State Rep. Leslie Herod. “Jared is a true champion in the fight to improve our public schools, provide universal health care, and end the discrimination and violence that afflicts so many LGBTQ Americans. Coloradans deserve a governor who does more than talk about progress; we deserve a governor with a proven record of fighting the tough battles and winning them. That person is Jared Polis.”

“I first met and spoke with Jared back in 2000 when I was a teacher and again in 2018 when I was a City Councilwoman for the City of Trinidad,” said Pat Fletcher, a retired teacher from Trinidad. “His dedication to public education and public service is unlike any other candidate in this race. I have no doubt he will serve Colorado as a fine governor”

“Jared has done more than any candidate in this race to fight for working Coloradans and our families,” said Gary Arnold, Business Manager of Pipefitters Local 208. “Whether it’s fighting for affordable health care, defending collective bargaining rights, or leading the charge for employee ownership, Jared has spent his career standing up to special interests and working to build an economy that works for all, not just the few. We need his leadership in the governor’s office.”

“I’m proud to second the nomination of Jared Polis to be Colorado’s next governor,” said Colorado DREAMER Bianca Acosta. “Jared has never hesitated in standing up for Colorado’s immigrant families. He never hesitated in standing up for me and my family. He is the progressive, fearless leader that Colorado needs. Let’s send Republicans in Washington a message that they can’t bully the people of Colorado. Let’s make Jared our next governor!”

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