State Elections

2018 Elections – Secretary of State

Candidates for Secretary of State

Jena Griswold

Candidate for Secretary of State

Jena Griswold is a lawyer and small business owner, who has spent her career fighting for justice and fairness. Jena is running for Secretary of State to ensure that every Coloradan can exercise his or her constitutional right to vote, to increase campaign finance transparency, and to make government easier for Coloradans.

Jena’s family knows how important voting is to our democracy and our country. Her great-grandparents came to the United States, escaping persecution in Eastern Europe. Against all odds, their deaf son—Jena’s grandpa—was able to get an education, start a business, and raise a family. Jena’s grandpa taught her the importance of voting and living in a democracy. Jena is now running for Secretary of State to ensure that every eligible Coloradan is able to vote.

As Secretary of State, Jena will ensure that Colorado has the most secure and accessible elections in the nation. In the last presidential election, the Democratic National Committee and 39 states’ electoral systems were compromised by possible foreign actors. Jena will work relentlessly to enhance our election’s cyber security to withstand attacks from domestic agents and foreign agents like Russia.

Jena will stand up to President Trump, to protect Coloradans’ right to vote and to defend Coloradans’ right to privacy. Trump established a “Commission on Election Integrity,” claiming millions of illegal votes were cast in the last election. There is absolutely no proof of this. The Commission serves as a pretext to spread the Trump Administration’s falsehoods, and worse, represents an effort to weaken our voting rights. Colorado must resist any attempts by President Trump to disenfranchise voters. As Secretary of State, Jena will stand up against the Trump Administration, and protect Coloradans’ right to vote.

Jena plans to build a more transparent government by making it easier to see big money’s role in our elections and by supporting a law to require presidential candidates to release their tax returns to get on the Colorado ballot. She will also make the Secretary of State’s Office a resource center for new businesses and entrepreneurs.

Jena knows that voting is the cornerstone of our democracy, and she is committed to ensuring that every eligible Coloradan can vote. As Secretary of State, Jena will fight to make Colorado a place where everyone has the opportunity to succeed.

Learn more at jenaforcolorado.com

Gabriel McArthur

Candidate for Secretary of State

Leading up to the election of 2016, voter trust was already dismally low for a multitude of reasons. Since then, through the circus that Washington, D.C. has become, it seems to have only dropped further.

This campaign is about looking to the future, and bringing the people of Colorado into a discussion centered around how we can make them confident in the democratic process again.

As a Colorado native having lived in many different regions around the state, I appreciate the unique spectrum of political views voters fall into. Some may hold a mixture of views that could be considered right or left, depending on each issue. While I’m a Democratic candidate, it’s important to me that all viewpoints are heard in the secretary of state’s office. I’m excited by the passing of open primaries in our state, and I want to make sure they, like all elections are implemented as simply and conveniently as possible.

Whether it be fine tuning processes that work well, or rethinking processes that could work more efficiently, this campaign is about making the secretary of state’s office more accessible than ever before.

The secretary of state’s office should be utilizing new media in interesting and thoughtful ways to keep Coloradans informed and engaged about all their services, from elections to business services.

I’m excited to speak with citizens all over this state to learn more about ways they’d like to see Colorado become a torchbearer in the future of our democracy.

Learn more at gabrielmcarthur.com

Phillip Villard

Candidate for Secretary of State

Hello, my name is Phillip Villard and I’m running for Colorado Secretary of State. The reason why I’m running is I believe I can help Coloradans improve our communities by investing in outreach to residents from the Local Government and by engaging our communities on issues that affect us and our family’s and friends. Most of the outreach will include Economic Development, Infrastructure, Parks & Recreation, Businesses and the Workforce. Together we can create plans to better cooperation amongst all the people who want to help us move our county’s, our state and our country forward into the 21st century.

Learn more at phillipvillard.com

2018 Elections – Attorney General

Candidates for Attorney General

Michael Dougherty

Candidate for Attorney General

Michael Dougherty serves as the second-in-command for the District Attorney’s Office for Jefferson and Gilpin Counties. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the office, handles serious cases involving victims, and acts as a liaison with law enforcement, the defense bar, victims’ groups, and the public.

Prior to holding his current position, Michael was in charge of the Criminal Justice Section for the Attorney General’s Office. He supervised several units and helped push for criminal justice reform as a member of the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice. Before taking over the Criminal Justice Section, Michael had served in the Attorney General’s Office as the supervisor of the DNA Justice Review Project.

Michael served for twelve years as a prosecutor at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. He rose to supervisory positions, including serving as Deputy Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit and later became responsible for the management, budget, and personnel of the District Attorney’s Office (an agency with over 1,200 employees).

Michael and his wife, Antonia, are the proud parents of nine-year-old twins.

Learn more at michaelforag.com/

Brad Levin

Candidate for Attorney General

Recognized across Colorado by his peers and judges as one of the very best attorneys, Candidate for Attorney General Brad Levin is Founder and Managing Partner of the law firm Levin | Sitcoff. Brad has a renowned track record of standing up to big corporations on behalf of families and small businesses– and winning. Brad is known for zealously representing the interests of his clients and approaching each case with commitment, honesty, skill, and passion. He is the only candidate for Attorney General with the private sector experience managing a law practice that is necessary to run the office of the Attorney General.

A lifelong Coloradoan, Brad has been fighting for civil rights since he was a young man. He serves on the National Executive Committee and National Commission of the Anti-Defamation League and previously chaired the organization’s regional board. Brad is also on the board of directors of National Jewish Health. In addition, Brad has volunteered hundreds of hours of legal services to organizations such as the LGBT Community Center of Colorado and Arapahoe House. Brad lives in Denver with his wife, Patti, and has three adult children

Learn more at levinforag.com

Amy Padden

Candidate for Attorney General

Amy has devoted more than a decade of her legal career to public service on behalf of Coloradoans. She has served with distinction in both the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, where she worked in the Consumer Protection Section, and in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, most recently as the third in command for the District of Colorado. Her experience ranges from cross-examining terrorist in court, to working on pressing issues of criminal justice reform, to managing a large office of persecutors and staff. Amy’s wealth of experience representing Colorado makes her uniquely qualified to be Colorado’s next Attorney General.

Learn more at amypaddenforag.com

Joe Salazar

Candidate for Attorney General

Colorado State Representative, Joe Salazar, is running for the Office of the Colorado Attorney General. Joe intends to take the AG’s Office out of the hands of corporations and special interests and return the People’s Lawyer back to The People. Serving in the Colorado House of Representatives since 2013, Joe is the only candidate with the track record of fighting for communities and the health of Colorado’s environment.

As a state representative, he serves as vice-chair of the State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee and also serves on the Judiciary Committee. During the 2017 session, Joe brought forth bills that directly fought against the federal overreach of our current administration.

As an attorney, his practice of law has always encompassed a focus on cases of constitutional and anti-discrimination issues. His expertise in employment law, civil rights, constitutional and federal Indian law has assisted in his development of legislation while working directly with the communities they impact. His direct work with stakeholders and constituents alike is why he is the candidate that has the support of The People statewide.

Learn more at salazarforcoag.com

Phil Weiser

Candidate for Attorney General

Phil is an innovative leader who has dedicated his life to public service and teaching. He is a lifelong Democrat who has worked on behalf of Democratic candidates in Colorado for the last 20 years.

After serving as a law clerk in Denver for Judge Ebel on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, Phil clerked for Justices Byron White and Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the U.S. Supreme Court. He worked in President Clinton’s Justice Department before coming home to teach at the University of Colorado Law School. He founded the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship, co-chaired Governor Bill Ritter’s Innovation Council, and litigated civil rights cases pro bono before the Tenth Circuit.

After serving in the Obama Administration as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General and as Senior Advisor for Technology and Innovation at the White House’s National Economic Council, Phil returned home to serve as Dean of CU Law. A leader in the Colorado startup community, he co-founded Startup Colorado and founding the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network.

Phil and Heidi, a physician, are raising their two children, Aviva and Sammy, in Denver.

Learn more at philforcolorado.com

2018 Elections – Governor

Candidates for Governor

Noel Ginsberg

Candidate for Governor

In 1980, while still at the University of Denver, Noel founded Intertech Plastics, a manufacturer of medical and consumer goods products. Intertech employs nearly 200 people out of two facilities and operates 24/7. In addition to his business, Noel is the proud husband to Leslie Ginsburg and father of their children, Corey, who works at Intertech Plastics and Ali, who is a personal trainer in Fort Collins.

Noel is the founder of CareerWise Colorado, an appointee on the State Economic Development Commission, on the board of the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, and was founding chair of the Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance. He served as board chair of the Mile High United Way twice, as well as the chair of the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado, and president of the Denver Public Schools Foundation. Noel was a founding board member and past president of Colorado I Have A Dream, through which, Noel and Leslie sponsored 42 inner-city children, supporting them through graduation. Additionally, Noel received the MLK Social Responsibility Business Award in 1995, the Daniel L. Ritchie Award for Ethics in Business in 1998, the 2001 Leadership Denver Outstanding Alumnus Award, the 2012 Goodwill Community Leader Award and the Anti-Defamation League’s 2016 Civil Rights Award.

Learn more at noelforcolorado.com

Mike Johnston

Candidate for Governor

For the last seven years, Mike Johnston represented Northeast Denver in the Colorado State Senate where he successfully passed major legislation in the areas of education, economic development, immigration and criminal justice. Before entering the Senate, he spent six years as a high school principal, wrote a book about his experience as a Teach For America corps member in Mississippi entitled “In the Deep Heart’s Core” and served as a senior education advisor to the campaign of President Obama. Mike is a small business owner who helps run his family business, The Christiania Lodge, and has co-founded ventures across the country including New Leaders, a national principal training program for urban schools, the Urban Leaders Fellowship, which prepares young people to fight for social justice through courageous public leadership, and Traverse, a strategic consulting company focused on building policies, partnerships, and programs that transform communities.

Today, Mike is building his campaign for Governor of Colorado on the belief that the state is ready for a new kind of politics dedicated to bridging divides and working together to solve the toughest problems. Mike holds degrees from Yale College, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and the Yale Law School and was named to Time Magazine’s list of “40 Under 40 Political Leaders” and Forbes’ list of “America’s Seven Most Influential Educators.” Most recently, Mike was highlighted in the New York Times as one of “Fourteen Young Democrats to Watch.”

Learn more at mikejohnstonforcolorado.com

Cary Kennedy

Candidate for Governor

Cary Kennedy is an American politician from Colorado. She is a former Colorado State Treasurer, as well as a former Deputy Mayor and Chief Financial Officer of Denver, Colorado.

I am running for governor because I love Colorado. If we invest in our people, manage our money responsibly, and protect the Colorado we love, we can ensure that everyone here can benefit from our progress.

Colorado is innovative, forward thinking, solutions-oriented, and welcoming. We have built one of the fastest-growing economies in the nation. But, our work in Colorado just got a lot tougher. We lost our partner in Washington. We won’t let Washington take our state backwards. I am running for governor because I love Colorado. If we invest in our people, manage our money responsibly, and protect the Colorado we love, we can ensure that everyone here can benefit from our progress.
I started my career by writing and helping pass Amendment 23 that’s prioritized education and protected our schools from even deeper budget cuts. As treasurer, I created a billion-dollar program, with no new or increased state taxes, that’s renovating hundreds of aging school buildings around our state – so that all kids including those in low-income and rural communities have modern learning facilities.
I want all of our kids to have opportunities and be able to compete for the jobs in Colorado’s growing economy.

If I am elected governor, I will make education Colorado’s top priority. I will work with our schools and communities to make sure every child gets a great education that is engaging and empowering. We can give every child the opportunity to go to preschool and kindergarten. We can give our teachers the professional pay they deserve. We can offer technical and professional courses while kids are still in high school. And we can get our kids through college without burdensome debt.

We need to manage our money responsibly. This has been my life’s work. As State Treasurer and Denver’s Chief Financial Officer, I’ve been in charge of your money for over a decade. I’ve kept our budget balanced. I’ve put our state on stronger financial footing. And Colorado’s taxes are among the lowest in the country.
That means making sure our roads, highways and transit can accommodate everybody. It means making sure we’ve got enough great, modern schools for all of our kids. It means making sure we protect our water, address climate change and expand broadband so that every family has what it needs to thrive.

Learn more at carykennedyforgovernor.com

Jared Polis

Candidate for Governor

Jared Polis is an independent leader with a proven track record of turning big ideas into real results, Polis will meet with innovative leaders in the renewable energy, business, and education sectors. “I’m running to be Colorado’s next Governor to turn bold ideas into real results. Colorado can lead the way into the future by building an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. I have a plan to achieve 100 percent renewable energy by 2040 and provide free full-day kindergarten and preschool in every community across our state. This campaign will be about big ideas and a vision for what we can accomplish together for Colorado’s future.

2018 Elections – State Treasurer

Candidates for State Treasurer

Bernard Douthit

Candidate for State Treasurer

The State Treasurer manages a portfolio of roughly $6 billion and sits on a number of important boards including PERA and the State Medicaid Program. We need more than career politicians who often use this job as a stepping stone to higher office. We need a State Treasurer who is qualified with a background in Finance and Economics to oversee our State’s finances. After all, it is our money.

I would not be running if I did not believe I am the best qualified candidate in this race.

I’ve spent the last 25 years in business including healthcare and technology. More recently I started my own math tutoring business with my own money. I have a graduate degree in Finance and an undergraduate degree in Economics. More importantly, I know what it is like to have to meet a payroll and a tight budget when times are tough. In good times meeting a budget is easy, in tough times meeting a budget is the real test. I have a proven track record of doing both.

Learn more at douthitforcolorado.com

Steve Lebsock

Candidate for State Treasurer

Steve Lebsock was born in Sterling, Colorado, where the generations of Lebsock farmers and ranchers are known for their hard work and entrepreneurship. Steve is the first generation to live away from the family farm graduating from Westminster High School. After high school, Steve joined the United States Marine Corps. He is an honorably discharged veteran who earned the G.I. Bill while serving. Steve later attended Metropolitan State College of Denver, while still working full time at a corrugated box plant in Wheat Ridge.

In 1998, Steve settled in Thornton and his son, Liam, currently attends high school in nearby School District 12. Wanting to give back to his community, Steve served on City Council in Thornton for eight years. While serving in that capacity he approved city budgets that exceeded $200 million. Steve still enjoys local volunteer opportunities in his community. He and his son “adopted” a one-mile stretch of Huron Street near their home in 2011 and enjoy volunteering to beautify Huron by cleaning up trash on that roadway each month.

For the past five years, Steve has served the State as a Colorado State Representative. Several colleagues refer to him as the “Liberty Democrat” because Steve believes in liberty, freedom and opportunities for every Coloradoan. “That is what we fight for. That is what I will always fight for”, Lebsock says.

The Office of State Treasurer requires a solid knowledge of the needs of the citizens to safeguard liberty, freedom and opportunity. As State Treasurer, Steve will invest our tax dollars locally, when possible, and with a steady hand. It is also a high priority for Steve to reform and improve the Unclaimed Property division in the Treasurer’s Office, in order to put that property back into the hands of Coloradoans. Colorado needs a Treasurer who will protect PERA and honor our commitment to the Public Employees Retirement Association and support our State employees and retirees.

Learn more at stevelebsockforcolorado.com

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