DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES IN UPCOMING ELECTIONS
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for U.S. President
Hillary Clinton has served as secretary of state, senator from New York, first lady of the United States, first lady of Arkansas, a practicing lawyer and law professor, activist, and volunteer-but the first thing her friends and family will tell you is that she's never forgotten where she came from or who she's been fighting for.
As first lady of Arkansas, she was a forceful champion for improving educational standards and health care access, and led the fight to reform our health care system so that all families would have access to the care they need at affordable prices.
In 2000, Hillary was elected to the U.S. Senate. Hillary pushed the Bush administration to secure $20 billion to rebuild New York and fought to provide health care for responders who were at Ground Zero.
In 2008, Hillary ran for president. When she came up short, she gave a powerful speech thanking her supporters and threw her support behind then-Senator Barack Obama. And when President Obama asked Hillary to serve as his secretary of state, she put aside their hard-fought campaign and answered the call to public service once again. Hillary was instrumental in the effort to restore America's standing in the world.
In 2014, Hillary took on a new role: grandmother to Chelsea's daughter, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky. And this June, she welcomed her grandson, Aidan Clinton Mezvinsky, to the family too. Nothing makes her prouder or happier than spending time with them.
In 2016, she became the first woman in U.S. history to become the presidential nominee of a major political party.
For more information: www.hillaryclinton.com
U.S. Senator Michael Bennet
Michael F. Bennet was elected United States Senator for Colorado in November 2010. A newcomer to politics with experience in business and public service, he is widely-recognized as a pragmatic, innovative and independent thinker driven by a deep-seated obligation to create more opportunity for the next generation.
Before his appointment to the Senate in 2009 and subsequent election to a full six year term in 2010, Michael served as Superintendent of Denver Public Schools where he led a bold and inclusive reform effort that improved student achievement, helped turn around failing schools, and brought a halt to a seemingly endless cycle of annual budget cuts.
Prior to his time at the Denver Public Schools, Michael was widely credited with balancing a historic budget deficit and implementing innovative reforms as Chief of Staff to then-Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. In that role, he also implemented innovative reforms that made city government more responsive to the needs and concerns of the greater Denver community.
Michael's experience saving jobs and turning around failing companies has also served him well in the U.S. Senate. As Managing Director at the Anschutz Investment Company, Michael managed the successful restructuring of more than $3 billion in corporate debt.
Michael married Susan Daggett, a successful natural resources lawyer, in 1997. Michael and Susan are the proud parents of three daughters: Caroline, Halina and Anne.
For more information: bennetforcolorado.com
U.S. Representative Jared Polis
Jared Polis is an independent leader who uses his private and public sector experience to find pragmatic solutions to the challenges facing Colorado and the nation. First elected to represent Colorado's Second Congressional District in 2008, Polis serves on the powerful Committee on Rules, the Committee on Education and Workforce, and the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.
Polis believes that education is the single most meaningful investment America can make in its economic future and in its people. His efforts in this area focus on getting accountability right at all levels, expanding educational models that work, and improving persistently failing schools with data-driven models to reduce achievement gaps.
Polis also works with Democrats and Republicans to reform our nation's broken immigration policies, to advance the cause of civil rights and equality for all, and to protect Colorado and the world's natural beauty and environment. While still attending Princeton University, Polis co-founded his first company, American Information Systems, a success he followed with the launching of bluemountain.com and Proflowers.com. He has been named an "Entrepreneur of the Year" by Ernst and Young.
For more information: www.polisforcongress.com
Alice Madden for CU Regent At-Large
The University of Colorado has played a pivotal role in Alice’s life. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree, Alice worked in high-tech for several years before returning to CU Law and earning her Juris Doctor in 1989.
Alice has served the University, the State of Colorado, and our country, in a variety of ways. Alice practiced law for nine years, focusing on employment law and ant-discrimination efforts. She then returned to the CU Law School as the Director of Alumni Relations. She also taught Legal Writing and Advocacy. In 2000, Alice was elected to the Colorado House of Representative and was a fierce advocate for accessible, affordable and quality education. After serving eight years in the legislature, Alice became Climate Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Bill Ritter. In 2011, she accepted an appointment to the Timothy E. Wirth Chair in Sustainable Development at CU’s School of Public Affairs in Denver.
Alice has always believed in giving back to her community and has served on multiple boards and professional associations.
In 2015, Alice founded All of the Above Consulting, focusing on clean energy development, advancement of new technologies, and public policy.
She is married to Pete Madden and they have two sons.
For more information: www.Madden4CU.com
T.J. Cole for Senate District 23
T.J. Cole is a native of Colorado. He grew up in North Denver and attended Denver North High School and later The Colorado College. T.J. decided to run for the Senate in District 23, because he wants to bring energized inclusive leadership to our district. T.J. brings a wealth of experience to the campaign. He has been a Judge for over twenty years, a college professor of Politics and Law, a founder of five charter schools, in which he has gained experience in the K-12 urban education sector, and a strong familiarity with the issues and challenges of K-12 urban education.
He holds five college degrees and has had experience as a private business owner, a police officer and community activist. In addition, he has coached at every level from pee wee sports to the NFL.
T.J. envisions a District 23 where every one of us has an opportunity to be heard and pledges to work towards common sense solutions that improve small business opportunities, our environment, and our education system.
For more information: www.coleforcolorado.com
District Attorney Dave Young for Colorado's 17th Judicial District
As a prosecutor for over 24 years, Dave Young has devoted his career to fighting crime and keeping our community safe. As your District Attorney, he prosecutes violent offenders, keeps drugs off of our streets, protects the elderly from abuse, seeks restitution for victims, keeps our kids in school, and leads the District Attorney's office with honor and a sense of humility.
His tenure as your District Attorney rests on three principles: leadership, experience and integrity. In his 24 years as a prosecutor, he has prosecuted thousands of cases, including over 100 jury trials, and over 30 murder trials. He has served in leadership positions in every corner of the District Attorney's office, supervising trial lawyers, homicide prosecutions, victim services and investigations. Dave's number one priority as a prosecutor is to protect the community and to seek justice for victims of crime. Prosecuting with integrity means holding criminals accountable, no matter the wealth or political affiliation of the offender, while ensuring that all of the individuals involved in the criminal justice system are treated with dignity and respect.
For more information: www.daveyoungda.com
Matt Gray for House District 33
Matt is excited to represent the people of Broomfield, Superior and Erie at the state house. As a former deputy district attorney in Broomfield, Matt has prosecuted domestic violence, robberies, assaults and other crimes that endanger our neighborhoods. He fought for justice for victims and their families in hundreds of cases. Matt's practice now focuses on public finance, where he helps local governments build schools, improve roads, and secure open space throughout Colorado.
Matt is deeply committed to the local community, serving as vice-chair of the Adams County Youth Initiative serving children in Broomfield and Adams County. Matt is also the chair of the Broomfield Board of Equalization, which works to make sure that citizens and property owners aren't over-taxed.
Matt lives in Broomfield with his wife Katie, daughter Ellie and new son Theo and enjoys running, reading, and being eternally optimistic about the Broncos.
For more information: www.matthewgray.us