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Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg to help launch women’s coalition for Democrat Mike Johnston

Author: Ernest Luning - February 1, 2018 - Updated: February 1, 2018

This June 22, 2016, file photo shows Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg speaking at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington. Sandberg will be helping launch a “Women for Mike” group supporting Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Johnston in February. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer and the author of “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead,” will be on hand to help Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Johnston kick off a coalition of women supporting his campaign at a panel discussion in Denver, his campaign announced.

“I first got to know Mike through my husband Dave,” Sandberg said in a statement. “He admired Mike for a lot of reasons, but especially his integrity and his commitment to education. As governor, one of Mike’s core goals will be to fight for better schools for all of Colorado’s kids. That’s why I support him.”

Calling Sandberg “one of our country’s most compelling thinkers and leaders,” Johnston said in a statement that he looked forward to her participation in a conversation about Colorado’s future at the launch of “Women for Mike.”

“Her success in business, her commitment to equity, and her honest articulation about what makes us all humans are inspiring to millions of people across the country. We are committed to building a Colorado where everyone’s voice is heard and everyone’s contribution is valued equally. We are delighted to welcome Sheryl and women from across the state who share the conviction to build a plan for progressive action that will carry us all forward together.”

Prominent Colorado women in business, politics and the nonprofit field are expected to participate in a talk about the importance of women’s issues in Colorado led by Johnston and Sandberg at a campaign fundraiser that will open to the public.

The event is scheduled 1-2:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 19, at the Denver Athletic Club. Ticket prices range from $30 to $1,150 — the maximum allowable contribution to a gubernatorial candidate.

Johnston is one of five leading Democrats running to succeed term-limited Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat. The others are U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne, former State Treasurer Cary Kennedy and plastics manufacturer and civic leader Noel Ginsburg.

The primary election is June 26.

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. For nearly a decade, he was a senior political reporter and occasional editor at The Colorado Statesman before the 119-year-old publication merged with Colorado Politics in 2017.

One comment

  • Russell

    February 1, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    So another socialist trying to corrupt our beautiful Colorado? Go back to Venezuela Sandberg!

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