The Denver Post has endorsed Jared Polis over Walker Stapleton in the governor’s race, writing that Jared “has proved his mettle as a leader both in the business world and as a congressman for the last decade,” and praising his “gumption to actually deliver results.”
“It’s a tremendous honor to have the endorsement of the Denver Post, a newspaper known for its thoughtful and bipartisan approach to elections,” Jared Polis said. “I’ve spent my career starting businesses, creating jobs, and working across the aisle to solve the big problems facing Colorado. It’s heartening to see that the Denver Post’s editorial board agrees that my plans to lift up our public schools, save Coloradans money on health care, and tackle the cost of living will serve our state well.”
The full editorial is available here. Key excerpts are below:
“Coloradans have the chance to cast their vote this fall for a governor who is thoughtful, innovative and has proved his mettle as a leader both in the business world and as a congressman for the past decade.
“Jared Polis, 43, has a vision for this great state that is easy to support, and critically, we think he has the gumption to actually deliver results.”
“He understands that a strong education system is an investment in the future. And he doesn’t just talk the talk; Polis has put in the leg work to demonstrate a true commitment to and knowledge of making sure every child in Colorado receives a great education.
“After becoming a self-made multi-millionaire, Polis’ political career began on the State Board of Education. He founded a network of charter schools: the New America Schools for at-risk youth and non-English speakers and the Academy of Urban Learning in Denver for pregnant teenagers, homeless youth and other at-risk students.
“He carried his education knowledge with him to Congress where he not only worked on fixing the No Child Left Behind Act, but was a member of the conference committee that negotiated the final bi-partisan Every Student Succeeds Act eventually signed by President Barack Obama.
And he’s the father of a 7-year-old and a 4-year-old.
“Schools need adequate resources to be great, and Polis is willing to scrape together the money needed to make sure our kids succeed. He plans to explore getting private investors to fund his early childhood education goals in exchange for a promised return on their investment based on the savings realized later by the state through the reduced need of expensive remediation, class repetition, and special education.”
“Coloradans would be fortunate to have Polis as governor pushing for a brighter future.
“He’s won our endorsement and we hope he wins your vote.”