2018 Colorado Governor Race Archives - Colorado Politics

Joey BunchJoey BunchOctober 17, 20174min10890

An endorsement from a freshman legislator isn’t usually news, but not many freshmen are Rep. Leslie Herod, who’s backing Jared Polis for governor next year.

The Democrat from Denver published a blog on the Huffington Post Tuesday with the subhead, “Colorado can make history by electing a gay governor. He’s also the best person for the job.”

“In spite of the endless chatter about the role of ‘identity politics’ in the Democratic Party, we don’t need to choose between leaders who will champion social justice and those who will champion economic opportunity,” she told Colorado Politics. “Polis will champion both.”

Herod was elected to the legislature by the widest majority of any statehouse candidate with opposition a year ago. She also was one of the original members of New Era Colorado at the University of Colorado, which has generated some of the state’s top young Democrats, including Joe Neguse, who is running to replace Polis in the 2nd Congressional District.

She also had one of the most productive sessions of any legislator this year, commonly co-sponsoring bills with Republicans.

Last March, when the state party honored Polis as Democrat of the Year, Herod was named its 2017 Rising Star at the party’s annual dinner.

She wrote for the Huffington Post:

Polis was the first openly gay candidate ever elected to Congress and was also the first gay parent ever to serve there. The Obama years were filled with historic victories for the LGBTQ community, and Polis played a part in virtually all of them. His career has been defined by taking bold ideas that once seemed unthinkable and making them a reality.

For example, Polis was instrumental in the passage of the first-ever inclusive hate crimes law. He was one of a handful of lawmakers who shepherded into law the legislation to get rid of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. He was a driving force behind the Obama administration’s decision to implement comprehensive guidance on the rights of transgender and gender non-conforming students at school. (Sadly, Betsy DeVos and Jeff Sessions quickly reversed this guidance.)

Contacted by Colorado Politics about Herod’s backing, Polis, not surprisingly, was pleased.

“I’m so honored to earn Leslie’s endorsement,” he said. “We’re running an upbeat, forward-thinking campaign about bold ideas, which makes Leslie a perfect fit for our growing team. In addition to being the first black, openly LGBTQ office-holder in Colorado, Leslie is an amazing community advocate and a tireless champion of economic and social justice.

“Together we’ll not only defend our values against attacks from Donald Trump — we’ll make Colorado’s economy work for every family, no matter who you are or who you love.”


Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinJanuary 19, 20172min4940

The Mike Johnston for Colorado campaign has made its first hire, Gabe Uy as organizing director. Responsible for all online as well as community organizing, Uy served most recently as deputy organizing director for Hillary for Colorado and the Colorado Democratic Party, and previously served as deputy field director for the Nevada State Democratic Party.

Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsDecember 14, 201616min1430

DENVER — Somewhere in between the holiday parties and shopping, we hope you're able to squeeze in a little bit more political speculation, because ... 'tis the season. It appears (at least to us) that no political savvy gathering is complete without discussing (a polite word) how the president-elect is doing with his team building decisions and who (save us) might run for Colorado governor. Thankfully, we’ve included NEW media reporting on both topics. Lucky you. Without a doubt, the most reported story of the last 24 hours in Colorado has been the legal wrangling (and losing) by the “faithless” Hamilton Electors … We will spare you the suspense, it comes down to — Vote for Hillary or face possible jail time. Inmate 1: “What are you in for?” Inmate 2: “I didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton.” HA!

Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsDecember 13, 201616min1160

DENVER — Good Tuesday to you … And for those keeping tabs: 11 days until Christmas, 18 days until New Years and 37 days until the inauguration of Donald Trump. Or as detractors call it, the end of civilization as we know it. Outside of a federal judge calling the lawsuit of two electoral defectors a ‘political stunt,’ the best story of the morning is continued speculation that Broncos superhero John Elway has sights set on being Colorado’s next governor. Elway is probably more likely to return as Bronco quarterback than run toward the gal of becoming Colorado’s next captain. But … every year, like children waiting for Santa to squeeze his spare tire down the chimney, it's fun for the GOP to dream, we guess.

Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsDecember 8, 201616min1510

DENVER — Good morning holiday shoppers … Just two more weekends of manic buying before Christmas Day. Yippee! Of course, it’s also the time of year when we're over-scheduled with office parties, block parties, decorating parties, school parties … every kind of party. AGAIN, yippee. We do want to thank the members of Colorado’s Lincoln Club for a look into their Christmas party this week. (We appreciate the e-mail and pictures, you guys.) How do political insiders celebrate the holidays? Why talking state politics, of course!