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Emily’s List endorses Democrat Cary Kennedy for Colorado’s 2018 gubernatorial race

Author: Ernest Luning - June 7, 2017 - Updated: June 8, 2017

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cary Kennedy, a former state treasurer and former chief financial officer and deputy mayor of Denver, discusses her top priorities for the state on Friday, April 7 2017, at her home in east Denver. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cary Kennedy, a former state treasurer and former chief financial officer and deputy mayor of Denver, discusses her top priorities for the state on Friday, April 7 2017, at her home in east Denver. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

A national Democratic fundraising group that backs women running for office endorsed Colorado gubernatorial candidate Cary Kennedy on Wednesday.

“Colorado has a long history of strong women’s leadership, but has never before elected a woman as governor,” said EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock in a statement. “Cary will not only break through that glass ceiling but will bring all Coloradans with her.”

Kennedy, a former state treasurer and former deputy mayor of Denver, is one of four Democrats seeking the nomination for governor in next year’s election, when the Democratic incumbent, John Hickenlooper, will be term-limited.

EMILY’s List — the acronym originally stood for “Early Money is Like Yeast,” which the organization said “helps raise the dough” — has raised more than $500 million for Democratic women who support abortion rights since its founding in 1985, the group said in a release. It’s targeting the Colorado state Senate and governor’s office in 2018 as part of an effort to win control of the redistricting process ahead of the 2020 Census in 13 states.

“We are proud to join Cary Kennedy in her race for governor of Colorado as she fights for good jobs, strong schools and all that is wonderful about the Centennial State,” Schriock said. “A progressive leader and fighter for the people of her beloved state, Cary puts Colorado first — and we could not be more thrilled to stand with her in this fight.”

Kennedy said she was honored to receive the group’s support and tied her campaign to the state’s history opening doors for women in public office.

“For over 30 years, Emily’s List has been helping elect Democratic women across the U.S.,” Kennedy said in a statement. “Their support will help my campaign to become Colorado’s next governor, to protect the Colorado we love, and make sure our progress reaches everyone. In 1894, Coloradans elected the first women to the Colorado Legislature. One hundred and twenty-three years later it is an honor to be running to be the first female governor of Colorado.”

Colorado has never elected a woman governor, and Democrat Gail Schoettler is the only women to have been nominated for the state’s top office by a major party, in 1998. Schoettler, at the time the state’s lieutenant governor, lost the race for an open seat to then-State Treasurer Bill Owens by fewer than 8,000 votes.

The other Democrats running for the gubernatorial nomination include U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, former state Sen. Mike Johnston, D-Denver, and businessman and civic leader Noel Ginsburg. U.S. Rep. Jared Polis has said he’s considering whether to get in the race.

On the Republican side, the declared candidates include 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler, entrepreneur and former state Rep. Victor Mitchell, R-Castle Rock, Larimer County Commissioner Lew Gaiter III and investment banker Doug Robinson. Other potential GOP candidates include State Treasurer Walker Stapleton, Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, DaVita Healthcare Partners Chairman and CEO Kent Thiry and former CSU athletic director Jack Graham, who ran second in the U.S. Senate primary last year.

 

— Ernest.Luning@coloradopolitics.com

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning is a political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has covered politics and government for newspapers and online news sites in Colorado for more than 25 years, including at the Highlands Ranch Herald, the Jefferson Sentinels chain of community newspapers and the Aurora Sentinel, where he was the city hall and cops reporter. After editing the Aurora Daily Sun, he was a political reporter and blogger for The Colorado Independent site. Since 2009, he has been the senior political reporter and occasional editor for The Colorado Statesman.


One comment

  • Jeffrey

    June 8, 2017 at 7:45 am

    She happily accepts money and an endorsement from an organization that openly discriminates based on gender. Kennedy is not running a serious campaign. She loves to be the center of attention and is not afraid to act cutesy to get there.

    She is clearly running for lieutenant governor rather than governor. Hopefully, whoever wins the democratic nomination will be able to see through her silliness.

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