Election 2018Hot Sheet

Donna Lynne lists high-profile women backing her race for governor

Author: Joey Bunch - April 17, 2018 - Updated: April 20, 2018

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donna LynneLt. Gov. Donna Lynne (Photo by Nicole Cassou/Colorado Politics file photo)

Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne has some of the state’s best-known women in business, education and other civic life backing her race for governor. The campaign released of 87 “Trailblazers” endorsing the Democrat from Denver Monday.

“This campaign is about bringing people together and getting things done for all Coloradans.” Lynne, who also is the state’s chief operating officer, said in a statement. “I am proud that such a diverse and impressive group of women have thrown their support behind our campaign. They know that our state needs a leader with the experience and expertise to do the job of governor on day one.

“As I’ve said before, the governor’s office is not where beginners go to learn, and these Trailblazers recognize that if we’re going to move our state in the right direction, it’s time we put a woman with experience in the governor’s office.”

The list includes state Sen. Lucia Guzman of Denver, and state Rep. JoAnn Ginal of Fort Collins, as well as Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies executive director Marguerite Salazar. The list also includes Tamra Ward, the Denver Zoo chief external relations officer and the former chief executive of the Colorado Concern business alliance.

Gov. John Hickenlooper’s former spokeswoman Kathy Maloney Green is on the list, and so is his current rep, Jacque Montgomery, as well as former state Supreme Court Justice Jean Dubofsky and Leanna Clark, the vice chancellor for the University of Colorado Denver and the Anschutz Medical Campus.

Lynne is waiting on the Secretary of State’s Office to finish validating her signatures to get on the June 26 primary ballot. Petitions for former state Sen. Mike Johnston were validated last month, securing his spot on the ballot.

Former state Treasurer Cary Kennedy of Denver secured the top line on the ballot with 62 percent of the delegates at last Saturday’s Democratic State Assembly in Broomfield. U.S. Rep. Jared Polis was second with 33 percent. Candidates have to get 30 percent at the assembly to qualify for the ballot.

Here is the list of Lynne’s trailblazers:

Sofia Aguilar
Wendy Aiello
​Phyllis Albritton
Fiona Arnold
Karen Ashworth-Mcfarlane
​Marti Awad
Angela Baier
Katie Bakes
Heidi Baskfield
Beth Bean
Cody Belzley
Karen Bienemann
Elaine Gantz Berman
Kristin Blessman
Jane Okun Bomba
Terry Bower
Deborah Brackney
Molly Broeren
Amanda Brown
Karen Brown
Kathy Hagan Brown
​Sally Butler​
Sue Casey
Toti Cadavid
​Juanita Chacon​
Leanna Clark
Patricia Cooper
Jacki Cooper-Melmed
​Stephanie Copeland​
Luella Chavez D’Angelo
Judi Davidson-Seidel​
Jean Dubofsky
Alicia Economos
Hollen Ferrendelli
Veronica Fi​goli
Patty Fontneau
​Lori Fox​
Dr. Patty Gabow
​Jean Galloway
Lynn Gangone​
Rebecca Gart
Susan Geissler
Katherine Gold
Kathy Maloney Green
Rep. JoAnn Ginal
Sen. Lucia Guzman
Pam Hanes
Josie Heath
Paula Herzmark
Jane Ingalls
Debbie Jessup
Joy Johnson
​Monica Lang
Lauren Larson
Mary Anne Leach
Michelle Lucero
Monica Martinez
Caz Matthews
​Maureen McDonald
Karen Meyer
Jacque Montgomery
​Suma Nallapati​
Mary Noonan
​Glenna Norvelle​
Michele Ostrander
Lindsey Padrino
Susan Powers
Kristin Richardson
Ruth Rohs
Marguerite Salazar
​Robin Sadler​
Gloria Schoch
Janet Shikles
​Janice Sinden​
Monica Skok
Jamie Stone
Paulette Tate
​Claudia Garza Taylor​
June Taylor
Amy Venturi
Alma Vigo-Morales
Nancy Walsh
Tamra Ward
Anne Warhover
Carita Watson​
Sarah Williamson
Carolyn Schaefer Wollard

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.