Colorado Sierra Club Endorses Jared Polis for Governor, Says He Is the ‘Strong Environmental Champion We Need to Lead Our State’

DENVER — Jared Polis today received the enthusiastic endorsement of the Colorado Sierra Club, the largest grassroots environmental organization in the state with more than 100,000 members.

“The Sierra Club is proud to endorse Jared Polis to be Colorado’s next governor,” said Will Walters, Chair of Sierra Club Colorado. “From his leadership in Congress on environmental and climate issues to his plan to move Colorado to 100% renewable energy by 2040, Polis has proven he’s the leader Colorado needs as its next governor.”

“I’ve enjoyed hiking and exploring with the Sierra Club for many years, but Sierra Club members realize that we can’t take our amazing outdoor experiences in Colorado for granted,” said Jared Polis. “I’m so honored to earn the active support of the Sierra Club in our fight for a sustainable future. I look forward to working with their 100,000-plus Colorado members to preserve our trails and open space and make our state a leader in the fight against climate change. With Donald Trump and his cabinet of climate deniers attacking our public lands and removing environmental protections, it’s more important than ever to have strong environmental leadership at the state level. Together, we will protect our majestic public lands, safeguard our air and water, and reach our goal of making our Colorado energy grid 100% renewable-energy-powered by 2040 or sooner.”

Jared has released detailed plans to make Colorado energy independent and 100% renewable by 2040 and to protect the outdoor spaces that power much of our economy. In Congress, he’s been a leader on environmental issues. As a founding member of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, he’s introduced legislation to designate 90,000 acres of wilderness in Colorado’s high country, led the effort to cut fossil fuel subsidies, defended President Obama’s rules on methane, and partnered with environmentalists and ranchers to protect the Sage Grouse’s habitat.

“Here in Pueblo, we’re already on a path to reach 100% renewable energy. We’ve seen firsthand how unlocking innovation in our clean-energy sector creates jobs and benefits consumers,” said David Cockrell, a Sierra Club leader and Pueblo resident. “Jared’s whole career has been defined by setting ambitious goals and then reaching them. He has the vision and the record of achievement to help Colorado become a leader in the world’s renewable-energy future.”

“Environmental protection is a top issue for Latino voters across Colorado,” said Irene Vilar, Founder of Colorado-based Americas for Conservation + the Arts. “Jared has dedicated much of his career to leading the fight for environmental justice. No one is more qualified to lead that fight for Colorado from the governor’s office than Jared Polis.”

“Coloradans can’t afford to just play defense against Donald Trump’s attacks on our environment and public lands,” said prominent Aspen environmentalist Auden Schendler. “Jared has bold, innovative plans to protect our environment and our outdoor recreation economy. Throughout his time in Congress, he has been a steadfast champion for climate progress–I’ve seen it on the ground and watched him go out of his way to support grassroots and policy action. With the Trump administration crusading against basic environmental protections, Jared is the governor we need to fight back and lead.”

Jared Polis Becomes Only Candidate for Governor to Make Ballot After Going Through Both Caucus and Petition Processes

The grassroots operation that put Polis on the ballot is now knocking on doors in every corner of Colorado

BROOMFIELD —Jared Polis today became the only candidate for governor to qualify for the primary ballot while successfully navigating both the caucus and signature-gathering processes.

Polis earned 32.8% of delegates at the Democratic State Assembly, well above the 10% he needed to make the ballot. He also turned in about 33,000 signatures last month, the most in Colorado history without using a paid signature firm.

“I want to thank my incredible team of volunteers and supporters who worked tirelessly all across the state to put us on the ballot. And I want to congratulate Cary — she and her team should be proud of their strong showing today,” Jared Polis said. “Our grassroots operation is already hard at work knocking on doors all across Colorado and communicating our bold, progressive vision to the Democratic and unaffiliated primary voters who didn’t participate in the caucus process.”

“As Colorado’s history makes clear, we can’t really predict what will happen in June just from the small group of voters who choose to participate in caucuses,” said Westminster Mayor Pro Tem Maria De Cambra. “Jared is a truly fearless leader, and he has a progressive vision for Colorado that is exciting to voters from all walks of life. He has dedicated his life to expanding opportunity here in Colorado. As governor, we know he will never waver when it comes to fighting for our communities and for the bold progress our state deserves”.

“Jared gathered more signatures from more Democratic voters than participated in the entire caucus and assembly process. He generates the kind of grassroots enthusiasm that is needed to win not just the June primary but the general election in November,” said Adams County Commissioner Eva Henry.

“Jared has the bold vision it will take to win this race in November, and he has the experience and track record to turn that vision into reality,” said Eagle County Commissioner Jill Ryan. “As the only candidate with experience representing rural communities, Jared will work to bring our Colorado way of life within reach for every family, not just those at the top or in certain parts of our state.”

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!”

ICYMI: Jared Polis, openly gay candidate for Governor of Colorado, has a message for Mike Pence on LGBTQ bigotry

Polis reads “A day in the Life of Marlon Bundo” together with his family

In case you missed it yesterday evening streaming on his Facebook page, Jared Polis and his partner Marlon Reis read a bedtime story to their 6-year-old and 3-year-old children about tolerance, advocacy, and democracy.

The book, “A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo” written by Marlon Bundo and Jill Twiss is the story of a very special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny.

Polis makes the powerful statement that even though LGBTQ bigotry has a prominent place in the White House, that is not the right direction for our nation or Colorado.

Watch the bedtime story with Jared, Marlon and their children here:

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Polis for Colorado Makes $1.6M Ad Buy

The Polis for Colorado campaign today announced it has placed a $1.6 million ad buy for the three weeks leading up to the June 26 Democratic primary. The ads will begin running in early June.

“Jared has spent the last nine months traveling across the state talking with Coloradans in every community, and we are excited to build on that outreach,” said Mara Sheldon, Polis for Colorado Communications Director. “Jared is running a positive, inclusive campaign focused on big ideas — like universal health care, 100% renewable energy by 2040, and free, full-day preschool and kindergarten for every family. Between now and primary day, we’ll continue to communicate Jared’s bold vision and his track record of turning big ideas into reality, to families all across Colorado.”

ICYMI: Jared Polis Debuts First Campaign Ad Featuring Endorsement of Civil Rights Hero John Lewis

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.”

Click here to watch video

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.”

ICYMI: Polis’ Three-Part Op-Ed Series Lays Out Bold, Attainable Health Care Plan for All Coloradans

ASPEN, CO — Jared Polis last week released the details of his bold and attainable health care plan for all Coloradans in a three-part op-ed series in the Aspen Times.

The first op-ed explained Jared’s proposal for a regional consortium of western states to establish a quality single-payer health care option, as well as his plans for preventive health care and reproductive justice in Colorado.

“With the absence of leadership coming from Washington, we need to think outside the box and lead the charge ourselves to bring universal health coverage to Colorado,” Jared wrote. “I’m running for governor because it’s time for us to translate the core value that health care is a human right into public policy. It’s not only the right thing to do, but the most cost-effective way to reform health care in the long-term.”

Jared’s second op-ed delved into the health care challenges facing Colorado’s rural and mountain communities, including the lack of access to clinics and providers and the high cost of care.

The third op-ed discussed Jared’s plans for cracking down on pharmaceutical price-gouging and lowering the costs of prescription drugs. It also detailed the need to treat mental health issues and addiction through the health care system rather than through the criminal justice system.

Jared is a long-time supporter of universal health care. He ran on a platform of federal single-payer health care in his first congressional campaign in 2008, worked with President Obama to pass the Affordable Care Act, and cosponsors H.R. 676, the Medicare for All bill, in the House of Representatives.

The full plan is available at http://polisforcolorado.com/healthcare

ICYMI: Polis Announces #COworkers Plan to Raise Wages, Expand Opportunities for Colorado Working Families

Jared Polis today announced his #COworkers plan (pronounced like “Co-workers,” but louder). The plan includes a comprehensive set of policies to address one of the biggest challenges facing Colorado families: wages have stayed flat while the cost of living has risen sharply.

“Take-home pay has barely increased while the costs to rent or buy a house have skyrocketed,” Polis said. “Salaries are almost flat at the same time that our state is experiencing unprecedented growth. In Colorado, we share the value that we should succeed together. Front Range economic growth should be coupled with prosperity on the Western Slope, the Eastern Plains, and Southern Colorado. We are all #COworkers in our fight to build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top.”

Watch the video to see what union members in Colorado think about Jared’s plan here:

Jared’s plan includes:

  1. Raising wages and empowering workers — which includes paid leave, promoting employee ownership, defending PERA, expanding collective bargaining rights, combating pay inequity, and making housing more affordable;
  2. Giving Coloradans a world-class education and valuing educators — which includes bringing free, full-day preschool and kindergarten to every community, raising teacher pay, improving funding for child care programs, and reducing the price tag on a college degree; and
  3. Future-proofing our economy — which includes facilitating pathways to capital for startups and small businesses, confronting the challenges of automation, promoting alternative work arrangements that reduce the need to commute, and increasing technical skills training.

The full plan is available at http://polisforcolorado.com/COworkers/.

Jared’s track record fighting for Colorado’s working families has earned him the endorsements of the Colorado IBEW, the Pipefitters Local 208, and the Southwest Regional Union of Carpenters.

Carpenters Endorse Jared Polis as Colorado’s Next Governor, Embrace His Forward-thinking, Bold Ideas for Colorado Families

The Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters today announced their endorsement of Jared Polis in the 2018 Colorado governor’s race.

The Carpenters’ Union represents more than 2500 carpenters throughout Colorado and will now begin mobilizing in support of Jared at the March 6 Democratic Caucuses and beyond.

“Jared has spent his career fighting for the working people of Colorado, and we are proud to endorse him to be Colorado’s next governor,” said Mark Thompson of Colorado Springs, who is the Lead Colorado Carpenter for the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters.

“Jared has been fighting for better wages and critical benefits and is committed to cracking down on payroll tax fraud that cheats Colorado workers and taxpayers,” said Jim Gleason of Fort Collins, the Western district Representative for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters. “Jared also will fight to ensure that young Colorado men and women will have apprenticeship and workforce training opportunities that will lead to good, middle-class jobs. That’s the kind of leadership we need in our state Capitol. We look forward to rallying behind Jared to make sure the workers of Colorado are protected by a governor that will properly enforce Colorado’s labor laws and to help him turn his bold vision into a reality.”

“It’s a real honor to earn the endorsement of the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters,” said Polis. “I’m running for governor to make our economy work for all Coloradans, not just those at the top — and the leadership of unions like the Carpenters is critical to making that goal a reality. I’m excited to partner with them and with working families across our state to build an economy where Coloradans get paid enough to afford a place to live, save for retirement, and provide for their kids.”

Polis has also earned the endorsements of Pipefitters Local 208, which announced their support on Feb. 8, and the Colorado International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, which announced their backing of Polis in September.

Más de 40 líderes comunitarios Latinos comparten la visión de Jared Polis para Colorado y lo apoyan para gobernador.

Más de 40 latinos electos y líderes cívicos sobre todo Colorado anunciaron hoy su apoyo a Jared Polis como el próximo gobernador de Colorado.  “Las comunidades Latinas son esenciales para la historia de Colorado y el futuro de nuestro estado. De las muchas familias Latinas que trazan sus raíces a siglos anteriores en Colorado a nuestros recién llegados, celebramos nuestro patrimonio cultural Latino. Pero con demasiada frecuencia las voces latinas no son escuchadas en nuestro gobierno,” dijo Jared Polis.

“Las voces Latinas merecen ser escuchadas en todos los temas, ya sea en como mejorar nuestras escuelas públicas, ampliar el acceso a una atención médica asequible, reducir el costo de la vivienda, o modernizar nuestro sistema de transporte. Estoy muy honrado de haber ganado el apoyo de tantos líderes de la comunidad, y estoy ansioso por asociarme con ellos para construir un futuro brillante e inclusivo para Colorado “.

Jared tiene una larga historia de trabajar estrechamente con las comunidades latinas de Colorado como empresario, defensor de la educación y funcionario público. Él es el fundador de la escuela New Americas, una escuela pública sin fines de lucro que prepara a nuevos inmigrantes en Colorado y en New México para carreras exitosas. Jared también fundó Cinema Latino, un teatro en Aurora que enseña películas en español.

Además de su apoyo a los soñadores y la reforma migratoria con camino a la ciudadanía, Jared ha trabajado en el Congreso para poner fin a las disparidades de salud que afectan a las comunidades Latinas y otras minorías y ampliar las oportunidades empresariales a los estadounidenses que enfrentan barreras para propiedad de los negocios, incluyendo a los Latinos Americanos. También fue coautor de la ley Cada Estudiante Tiene Éxito, lo que reemplaza a Ningún Niño Dejado Atrás con un mejor sistema que prioriza la terminación de las disparidades raciales en nuestro sistema educativo K-12.

Lo que los líderes latinos están diciendo acerca de Jared: “Ya sea en el salón de clase, el lugar de trabajo o en nuestros vecindarios, la gente de Colorado necesita un gobernador enfocado en crear oportunidades para todos nosotros, sin importar el condado o el código postal. Jared Polis ha sido y seguirá siendo ese líder.”

  • Paul D. López, concejal de la ciudad de Denver 

“Jared traerá su compasión y pensamiento innovador a la oficina del gobernador de Colorado. Ese es el tipo de gobernador que quiero para nuestro futuro del estado.”

  • Blanca O’Leary, ex Presidente del Condado Pitkin

Lista de líderes latinos respaldando a Jared:

Adrienne Benavidez, Representante Estatal

Dan Pabon, Representante Estatal

Paul Lopez, Concejal de la ciudad de Denver

Maria De Cambra, Vicealcalde de la ciudad de Westminster

Gustavo Reyna, Vicealcalde de la Ciudad de Lafayette

Yolanda Avila, Concejal de la ciudad de Colorado Springs

Garrison Ortiz, Comisionado del condado de Pueblo

Abel Tapia, Ex Senador Estatal y Representante Estatal

Polly Baca, Ex Senador Estatal y Representante Estatal

Rob Hernandez, Ex Senador Estatal

Val Vigil, Ex Representante Estatal

Cecil Gutiérrez, Ex Alcalde de Loveland

Ramona Martinez, Ex Concejal de la Ciudad de Denver

Larry Atencio, Miembro del Concejo Municipal de pueblo

Rosemary Rodríguez, Ex Concejal de la ciudad de Denver y Ex Miembro de la Junta Escolar de Denver

Jorge Amaya, Ex Comisionado del Condado Alamosa

Marlene De La Rosa, Estimado Líder de la comunidad

Beverly Benavidez Ryken, Ex Vicepresidente del partido Demócrata de Colorado

Blanca O’Leary, Ex Presidente del partido Demócrata del Condado de Pitkin

Rhonda Solis, Estimado Líder de la comunidad

Rick Palacio, Ex miembro de la Convención Nacional Demócrata

Nita Gonzales, Estimado Líder de la comunidad

Rudy Gonzales, Estimado Líder de la comunidad

Zee Ferrufino, Dueño, KBNO Radio

Leonard Martinez, Dueño de Negocio

Cynthia Martinez, Maestra en Denver

Barbara DesMarteau, Consultor de Desarrollo de Liderazgo

Estevan Flores, Dueño, Flores Consulting, LLC

Miguel Baca Barragan, Locutor de Radio

Christine Alonzo, Comisionado, Comisión de Derechos Civiles de los Estados Unidos

Irene Vilar, Fundador Américas para la Conservación

Fabian Ortega, Estimado Líder de la comunidad

Angela Alfaro, Estimado Líder de la comunidad

William Neidig, Dueño, La Familia Broadcasting

Dusti Gurule, Estimado Líder de la comunidad

Jose Beteta, Director Ejecutivo, Latino Chamber of Commerce

Tamil Maldonado Vega, Fundador, Barrio E’

Joan Padilla, Estimado Líder de la comunidad

Olivia Mendoza, Estimado Líder de la comunidad

Grace Lopez Ramirez, Estimado Líder de la comunidad

Miriam Peña, Estimado Líder de la comunidad

Pipefitters Union Endorses Jared Polis for Governor, Supports His Vision for Colorado’s Working Families

Pipefitters Local 208 announced today their endorsement of Jared Polis for Colorado’s next governor. Pipefitters Local 208 is the largest local union affiliated with the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters International Union in Colorado, representing approximately 1,800 skilled tradespersons in the state.

Pipefitters Local 208 will immediately begin mobilizing their members to support Jared in the March 6 Democratic Party Caucuses.

“We are very excited to announce our endorsement of Jared Polis for governor,” said Pipefitters Local 208 Business Manager Gary Arnold. “Jared has a long history in partnering with Pipefitters Local 208 to protect workers’ rights, fight for a livable wage, support project labor agreements, and improve our state’s infrastructure. His bold vision to build a Colorado economy that works for everyone is refreshing, and we are ready to stand strongly behind him to help him make that vision a reality.”

“I am incredibly honored to earn the support of Pipefitters Local 208,” said Jared Polis. “For too many working families in Colorado, wages have stayed stagnant while the cost of living has skyrocketed. As governor, I want to build an economy where working Coloradans don’t just exist but actually get ahead, buy homes, afford health care, and save for retirement.

“To achieve these goals, we need a stronger labor movement in Colorado, and Local 208 shares our vision. They exemplify the best in training and commitment to expanding economic opportunity through their excellent apprenticeship program. I am proud to work with members of the Local 208 to move Colorado forward,” Polis said.

The Pipefitters Local 208 and Colorado’s International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), two of the largest construction trades unions in the state, have now both thrown their support behind Jared. Last week, more than 40 Latino elected and community leaders also endorsed Jared in the race.

More than 40 Latino Community Leaders Share Jared Polis’ Vision for Colorado, Endorse Him for Governor

More than 40 Latino elected and civic leaders from across Colorado today are announcing their support for Jared Polis by endorsing him as Colorado’s next governor.

“Colorado’s Latino communities are essential to Colorado’s history and Colorado’s future. From the many Latino families who trace their Colorado roots to centuries before statehood to our newest arrivals, we celebrate our Latino cultural heritage. But too often Latino voices go unheard in our government,” Jared Polis said.“Latino voices deserve to be heard on all issues — whether that’s how to improve our public schools, expanding access to affordable health care, bringing down the cost of housing, or modernizing our transportation system. I’m so honored to have earned the support of so many hardworking community leaders, and I look forward to partnering with them to build a bright and inclusive future for Colorado.”

Jared has a long history of working closely with Colorado’s Latino communities as a businessman, education advocate, and public servant. He is the founder of the New America School, a nonprofit public school that prepares new immigrants in Colorado and New Mexico for successful careers. Jared also founded Cinema Latino, a theater in Aurora that serves Spanish-language audiences.

In addition to his support of DREAMers and comprehensive immigration reform, Jared has worked in Congress to end health care disparities affecting Latino and other minority communities and expand entrepreneurial opportunities to Americans who face barriers to business ownership, including Latino Americans. He also co-authored the Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced No Child Left Behind with a better system that prioritizes ending racial disparities in our K-12 education system.

What Latino leaders are saying about Jared:

“Whether it’s in the classroom, the workplace, or at home in our neighborhoods, the people of Colorado need a governor focused on creating opportunities for all of us, no matter the county or zip code. Jared Polis has been and will continue to be that leader.”

– Paul D. Lopez, Denver City Councilman

“Jared will bring his compassion and outside-the-box, innovative thinking to the office of Colorado Governor. That’s the kind of governor I want for our forward-looking state.”

– Blanca O’Leary, Former Pitkin County Democratic Chair

 

List of Latino Leaders Endorsing Jared:

Adrienne Benavidez, State Representative

Dan Pabon, State Representative

Paul Lopez, Denver City Councilman

Maria De Cambra, Westminster Mayor Pro Tempore

Gustavo Reyna, Lafayette Mayor Pro Tempore

Yolanda Avila, Colorado Springs City Councilmember

Garrison Ortiz, Pueblo County Commissioner

Abel Tapia, Former State Senator & State Representative

Polly Baca, Former State Senator & State Representative

Rob Hernandez, Former State Senator

Val Vigil, Former State Representative

Cecil Gutierrez, Former Loveland Mayor

Ramona Martinez, Former Denver City Councilwoman

Larry Atencio, Pueblo City Councilmember

Rosemary Rodriguez, Former City Councilwoman & Former Denver School Board member

Jorge Amaya, Former Alamosa County Commissioner

Marlene De La Rosa, Esteemed Community Leader

Beverly Benavidez Ryken, Former Vice Chair of the Colorado Democratic Party

Blanca O’Leary, Former Pitkin County Democratic Party Chair

Rhonda Solis, Esteemed Community Leader

Rick Palacio, Former DNC Member

Nita Gonzales, Esteemed Community Member

Zee Ferrufino, Owner, KBNO Radio

Leonard Martinez, Business Owner

Cynthia Martinez, Denver Teacher

Barbara DesMarteau, Leadership Development Consultant

Estevan Flores, Owner, Flores Consulting, LLC

Miguel Baca Barragan, Radio Talk Show Host

Christine Alonzo, Commissioner, United States Civil Rights Commission

Irene Vilar, Founder Americas for Conservation

William Neidig, Owner, La Familia Broadcasting

Dusti Gurule, Esteemed Community Leader

Jose Beteta, Executive Director, Latino Chamber of Commerce

Tamil Maldonado Vega, Founder, Barrio E’

Joan Padilla, Esteemed Community Leader

Olivia Mendoza, Esteemed Community Leader

Grace Lopez Ramirez, Esteemed Community Leader

Miriam Peña, Esteemed Community Leader

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