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    Progressive Candidates in Colorado

    Bernie Buescher, Secretary of State in Colorado

    From the Secretary of State Project:

    Bernie Buescher was sworn in as Colorado’s Secretary of State on January 14, 2009. Prior to that, Buescher served two terms in the Colorado House of Representatives where he was appointed to the Joint Budget Committee and worked to find innovative, bipartisan solutions to the difficult issues facing the state. Buescher served as Chair of the Budget Committee in 2006 and 2008, and as chair of the Appropriations Committee in 2007 and 2008.

    Find out more from Bernie's website.


    On January 27, 2010, Congressman Jared Polis joined several other Congressional reps in urging Majority Leader Reid to bring back to the table a public option for health care. He has been a consistent champion of healthcare reform. He is also the first openly gay man to be elected to the House of Representatives (others came out after being elected).

    Learn how to volunteer at Congressman Polis' website.

    And you can donated to his re-election campaign through the Healthcare4America Act Blue page.

    Stan Garnett for Attorney General

    District Attorney Stan Garnett is running against Suthers:

    Garnett won the unanimous support of Colorado’s Fraternal Order of Police:

    “We endorsed him based on his professionalism, his dedication to law enforcement, his openness, plus his willingness and ability to work with individual officers,” said Michael Violette, Executive Director of the Fraternal Order of Police Colorado State Lodge. “Our membership, particularly in Boulder County, is very cognizant of the positive changes that took place when Stan took office as the Boulder County District Attorney.”

    Stan Garnett has been endorsed by Democracy for America. Here is his statement to Democracy for America:

    I currently serves as the District Attorney for Colorado’s 20th Judicial District, representing the citizens of Boulder County. Elected in 2008, I am a strong advocate for Public Safety. My priorities are prosecuting violent or sexual crimes, serious drug dealing, business and economic crime and cases involving public corruption. However, lower priority cases are not forced through the system but instead are handled with a focus on helping people restore their lives and get back on their feet.

    My tenure as District Attorney continues a long record of public service in Colorado. I served eight years on the Boulder Valley School Board, to which I was elected twice -- first, as its Treasurer, then as its President, overseeing a budget of $180 million, 55 schools and 4,000 employees.

    From 1981 to 1986, I worked in the office of the Denver District Attorney. In that time I tried more than 80 cases, including multiple murder cases, sexual assaults, other serious felonies and misdemeanors.

    In private practice, I tried and managed hundreds of complex cases and perfected my courtroom skills. In 2001, I played a pivotal role as lead attorney in securing the addition of the 150-square-mile Baca Ranch property to the Great Sand Dunes National Monument and Preserve.

    My distinctions include Recipient, Alumni Award for Distinguished Achievement, University of Colorado School of Law, 2005, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, youngest ever recipient, 2004, LawDragon 3000 Leading Lawyers in America, 2006, 2007, Colorado Super Lawyer, 2006, 2007.

    I am 54 and have lived in Colorado since 1959. My father was raised in Eagle County, and my mother grew up in Morgan County, making me the product of a marriage of Colorado’s Mountains and Plains. The heritage instilled in me a passion for preserving the treasure that is Colorado’s unique environment, which will be a central pillar in my mandate as Colorado Attorney General.

    I received a B.A. with distinction from the University of Colorado in 1978, and a J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1982


    I'm running for Attorney General because Colorado can't afford to wait four more years to have a leader that prioritizes the issues impacting working Colorado families. With the worst economic downturn since the great depression, Coloradans need an Attorney General that prioritizes consumer protection and doesn't get distracted by partisanship. The office is a perfect fit for my background of work as a prosecutor in the public sector and complex litigation in the private sector. My private sector background has taught me how to do more with less and I will bring a modern perspective to a government law office in desperate need of re-structuring. I will use Colorado tax dollars wisely and will produce more meaningful results for the folks that need the Colorado Attorney General to be the peoples' lawyer.


    The economic downturn is hurting Colorado families along the Eastern and Western slopes. I plan to pump more resources into an understaffed consumer protection unit so people have a place to go when they've been scammed in the marketplace. When the economy goes down, scams go up and the Attorney Generals office must shift its resources accordingly. I will be the peoples' lawyer and will create a level playing field for working families.

    I will not get distracted by partisan issues as Attorney General. The current incumbent filed a lawsuit in Florida against the newly passed Health Care reform bill. It was an obstructionist partisan suit, filed just minutes after the President signed the bill into law, it is against a portion of the bill that doesn't go into effect until 2014 and the Colorado Attorney Generals office didn't do any of the legal work themselves. It was done by a group of Republican lawyers back east. Partisanship distracts from what Coloradans need in their Attorney General and I will work tirelessly to keep the office focused on the people, land and water.

    I will vigorously protect Colorado's environment and water. Water is the lifeblood of Colorado and supports the lifestyles of ranchers and farmers in each corner of our State. I will make sure the office is staffed with the best water lawyers in the country and we're doing everything we can to protect the state's water rights and to keep our water clean for generations in the future. Protecting Colorado's vistas and mountains that our citizens and visitors across the country enjoy will be a top priority.

    Find out more at Stan Garnett's website.

    Here is a list of excellent candidates endorsed by Progressive Majority in Colorado:

    Crisanta Duran
    Candidate for State House - District 5 (Open Seat)

    Crisanta Duran, 30, is a native of Colorado. After graduating from law school, she went to work for UFCW Local 7 as their counsel. In this role, she fought for better contracts for their union members across the state. She has served on the board of directors of La Rasa, Democrats Work, Voto Latino and on Progressive Majority's Colorado Advisory Council. She served as president of the Colorado Young Democrats and as an Obama Delegate. Her race will be decided in the primary election, however, it is important for Progressive Majority's goal of ensuring equal representation for people of color. The seat is being vacated by the incumbent who is term limited.

    Click here to support and learn more about Crisanta.

    Pete Lee
    Candidate for State Hourse - District 18 (Open Seat)
    Colorado Springs

    Pete Lee has lived in Colorado Springs for over 34 years, and practiced law for 25 years, where he represented individuals and small business owners in commerical and real estate transactions. Pete has been active in the community, including serving on the boards of numerous community organizations. As a candidate, he is running to help fix Colorado's health care system and to strengthen environmental protections.

    Click here to support and learn more about Pete.

    Kathy Hartman
    Candidate for Jefferson County Commissioner (Incumbent)

    Kathy Hartmann is finishing her first term as Jefferson County Commissioner. Jefferson County is the top target for statewide campaigns and is historically a ''bellweather'' for success statewide, however, tends to elect Republicans at the county level. For example, in 2004 the county was carried by Bush by 5%, yet went for Obama by 9%. On the local level, in 2006, Kathy was the first Democrat elected to the board in 14 years. Prior to Progressive Majority recruiting her to run in 2006, Kathy worked as the Executive Director of Stride, a nonprofit organization that helps families on welfare get back on their feet and back into the workforce. She also sat on the Jefferson County Workforce Development board and the Mental Health Board. As commissioner, she was chosen as the Colorado ''Freshman of the Year'' by the organization of county elected officials and has worked to bring hundreds of new energy jobs to Jefferson County.

    Click here to support and learn more about Kathy.

    Doug Milliken
    Candidate for Arapahoe County Treasurer (Incumbent)

    Doug Milliken is finishing his first term as Treasurer of Arapahoe County. Doug is a native of the county and served as the first City of Centennial Treasurer when the city was formed in 2001. Doug is a Certified Public Accountant and has two Masters Degrees in Accounting and Financial Management. During the 1980s, he worked on Wall Street as a vice president of finance, handing more than $5 billion in capital. As treasurer, his investment experience helped the county earn more than $43 million in just three years - over three times the earnings of the preceding three years. In addition, he's created a unique program to use county funds to loan to local businesses to stimulate the economy. As an activist, he is a board member of the Nunez Foundation, which provides scholarships for low-income students. Doug is the first progressive and the first Democrat ever to be elected to this countywide post since statehood. Doug is also the first openly gay county elected official in Arapahoe County. While Obama won the county with 55%, Bush won the county with 52%, and the county regularly backs Republicans at the local level, including having a supermajority of county commissioners. Doug is being heavily targeted by the right, as he is the only Democrat elected countywide. His opponent is the same as in 2006, Republican Sue Sandstrom, who Doug beat by 1% last time around. Sandstrom is a CPA and member of the Aurora City Council.

    Click here to support and learn more about Doug.

    Tom Mowie
    Candidate for El Paso County Clerk and Recorder (Open Seat)

    Tom Mowle was appointed El Paso County Public Trustee by Governor Bill Ritter on February 1, 2008, the day after he retired from a 20-year career in the United States Air Force that included service in Baghdad during the Iraq War. While in the Air Force, he managed the development of aircraft, missile, and information systems. He also taught the concepts underlying American and international politics at the United States Air Force Academy, earning awards for teaching and research. Tom holds Ph.D. in political science from The Ohio State University, a master's degree in international affairs from the University of Dayton, and dual bachelors degrees in government and electrical engineering from Notre Dame. In the community, he is first vice-chair on the Community Advisory Committee of the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments, and a member of the Building a Vibrant Economy and marketing teams in the Quality of Life Indicators project. Progressive Majority recruited Tom to run for county clerk and recorder several years ago. The challenge in a race like Tom's is that he lives in a very populous county, but it's hard to raise money for a county clerk race. In addition, he'll have to persuade about 20,000 voters to split their ticket and vote for Tom even if they are voting Republican for Senate or Governor. He started walking in February and plans to hit all 93 swing precincts.

    Click here to support and learn more about Tom.


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