Election 2018Hot Sheet

Ken Salazar, state lawmakers endorse Democrat Dave Young for state treasurer

Author: Ernest Luning - February 14, 2018 - Updated: April 13, 2018

In this file photo, former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar awaits the start of a rally in support of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Feb. 25, 2016, in Denver's Civic Center Park. (Photo by Ernest Luning/Colorado Politics)In this file photo, former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar awaits the start of a rally in support of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in February 2016, in Denver’s Civic Center Park. (Photo by Ernest Luning/Colorado Politics)

State Rep. Dave Young, a Greeley Democrat, announced Wednesday that his campaign for state treasurer has won endorsements from former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and three current and former state lawmakers.

Young is one of four Democrats running to replace term-limited State Treasurer Walker Stapleton, a Republican candidate for governor.

“I am supporting Dave Young for treasurer because he has the experience necessary to ensure stronger schools and increases to funding in health care in our state,” said Salazar, a former U.S. senator and Colorado attorney general, in a statement. “His work in the Joint Budget Committee and in the Legislature advocating for students makes him the best candidate for the job.”

Young has also been endorsed by Senate Minority Leader Lucia Guzman, D-Denver, state Sen. Steve Fenberg, D-Boulder, and former state Sen. Jeanne Nicholson, D-Black Hawk, his campaign said.

Guzman said she likes Young’s record of advocating for progressive values.

“His leadership in the House and on the Joint Budget Committee is exactly what we need in the treasurer’s office in order to ensure budget priorities like public education, health care and funding for our most vulnerable communities,” she said in a statement.

Calling Young a “proven progressive,” Fenberg said he was glad to endorse his legislative colleague, adding, “I know he will fight for the values we hold close whether it is healthcare, public education or shared economic growth.”

Nicholson, vice chair of the Colorado Foundation for Universal Healthcare, had this to say: “As a former teacher, Dave knows we need to give our youth the best chance to grow up healthy and with skills to be productive members of society. His time on the JBC make him the most knowledgeable about our state budget and will serve him well in wisely managing our state funds.”

Young welcomed the support.

“I am running for treasurer to stand up for Coloradans by advocating for increased investments in education, healthcare and to fix TABOR,” he said in a statement. “Our campaign is gaining momentum, and it’s an honor to have earned the support of so many progressive leaders throughout the state.”

The other Democrats running for treasurer are state Rep. Steve Lebsock, D-Thornton, businessman Bernard Douthit and Charles Scheibe, the chief financial officer for the Department of Treasury.

Young, Douthit and Scheibe are going through the caucus and assembly process. Lebsock, who is facing calls to resign his seat and quit the race in the wake of complaints he sexually harassed a fellow lawmaker and other women at the Capitol, is petitioning onto the June 26 primary ballot.

Six Republicans are running for the office.

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.