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Donna Lynne releases latest leg of gubernatorial ‘Roadmap’: jobs

Author: Joey Bunch - April 11, 2018 - Updated: April 23, 2018

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Donna LynneLt. Gov. Donna Lynne walked the length of Colfax Avenue, from Lakewood to Aurora, Sunday to promote her candidacy for governor. (Photo via Facebook livestream)

Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne is laying out her plans to be Colorado’s next governor in a “roadmap,” and the latest leg is jobs, her campaign said Tuesday.

She already has released issue papers on health care and helping working families.

The newest platform measures, as characterized by her campaign, include:

    • Creating jobs by building upon the success of workforce pipeline programs.
    • Expanding access to capital for small businesses and entrepreneurs and offering more training and technical assistance.
    • Developing and executing targeted strategies to drive business investment in our rural economies.
    • Creating opportunity for minority and women-owned companies to do business with the state.
    • Making it easier for businesses to navigate state regulations.

“I have spent my career in both the public and private sectors encouraging creativity, innovation and growth, all while keeping an eye on the health and well-being of employees,” Lynne said in a statement.

“Colorado has made great strides in improving our economy throughout the past eight years. I’m running for Governor because I’m proud of the economic growth the Hickenlooper administration has created, but I know there is still much to be done to ensure our economy works for everyone.”

She continued, “I understand the struggle many Colorado families face to make ends meet. As a student who paid my way through college by waiting tables and a single mother who raised three children, I know what it’s like to have to stretch every single dollar to make ends meet.

“These experiences shaped my perspective as a leader in government and business. I’ve remembered these lessons and have worked for a strong economy that not only drives growth and business, but one that supports workers and their families.”

Lynne’s campaign said future papers would cover education, energy, environment, housing and infrastructure.

She developed them in meetings over five months with more than 20 meetings with small groups and individuals, including 75 experts on the respective topics, her campaign said.

Lynne is seeking traction in a tough field of candidates on the Democratic side, led by U.S Rep. Jared Polis, former state Treasurer Cary Kennedy and former state Sen. Mike Johnston.

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.