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Polis’ daughter, Cora, helps sell education plan

Author: Joey Bunch - August 28, 2018 - Updated: August 28, 2018

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Cora PolisJared Polis sent out the news that his 4-year-old daughter, Cora, had completed her first day of pre-school Monday. He wants others kids to have that chance, he says. (Via the campaign)

Jared Polis won the campaign day Monday by bringing out the kid, his 4-year-old daughter, Cora.

It was her first day of pre-school. I probably don’t even need to go on. In an email to supporters Monday evening, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee talked about education by speaking as a parent. He pitched his support for free, full-day preschool and kindergarten for every community.

“As a parent myself, I know we all want to give our kids every opportunity to succeed, and that’s why I’ve spent my adult life focused on working to make sure every child in Colorado gets a great education,” he said in the campaign pitch. “And that’s why as governor, one of my top priorities is establishing free, full-day preschool and kindergarten to every community across our state. Oklahoma has done this successfully. So can we.”

He talked about how it would help kids be better prepared and help working parents with extra daycare, essentially.

Polis closes with, “Here’s to a great school year!”

But most of all he had a picture of a darn-cute kid.

It’s a shift in the campaign messaging. To date, it’s been Republican nominee Walker Stapleton talking about building a future for his three kids and yours, his handsome family front and center.

Stapleton is a school-choice advocate who sees more competition as an asset in public education. His position on preschool isn’t nearly as defined as what Polis promises.

“We need to increase access by making our dollars go further for state preschool programs through increasing local community engagement,” Stapleton told ChalkBeat Colorado in June. “Preschool plays an instrumental role in getting students school-ready and closing the performance gap. But ultimately, it all starts in the home. I think we need to partner with allies in the nonprofit and private sectors across the state to empower new parents with the tools they need to help their children succeed.”

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.