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According to the Almanac of American Politics, Colorado is "at the front edge of economic, cultural and political change." Unfortunately for progressives, the political change that's occurred since the 1990's has come in the form of right-wing politics — dominated by religious and social conservatives who have, in turn, soured the national political debate.

This is truly a state where we are at a stand off — one side wins and one side loses — and who wins can shape the electoral mood of the country.

Colorado Legislature
Senate
Democrats
Republicans
2006
18
17
2008 20
15
2010 20 15
Today 19 16
House
Democrats
Republicans
2006 35 30
2008
40
25
2010 32 33
Today 37 28

That's why Progressive Majority set up shop in Colorado — to bring true progressives into politics and create positive change that would last. We're recruiting progressive leaders to run for office who can also galvanize progressive voters who have been shut down by the loud voices of the ultra-conservative right.

Colorado remains a battleground state despite its vocal right-wing movement. Progressive Majority is tapping an emerging demographic that leans progressive, recruiting candidates they can connect to, and building a progressive power base that will take control of the state — and keep it.

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Important Dates
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Crisanta Duran

Colorado
State House - District 5
2012
Open Seat
Denver
http://duranforcolorado.com/

 

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. She won her seat in the primary in 2012.

Tim Allport

Colorado
State Representative, District 27
2012
Challenger
http://www.timallport.com

Tim Allport is running for State Representative in District 27. Having served the people of Colorado as a public employee and as an active member of the community, Tim Allport has a unique background and a strong passion to serve. Tim moved to Jefferson County in 1985 to accept a job with the Federal Bureau of Prisons at the Federal Correctional Institution in Littleton and was later promoted to Drug Treatment Specialist. After serving for 25 years, Tim retired to become a State Certified Addictions Counselor. Tim has always been involved in his community and believes that civic involvement is part of civic responsibility. He's running because he believes government has a responsibility to improve people’s lives.

Jessica Garrow

Colorado
University of Colorado Regent, District 3
2012
Open Seat
http://www.jessicagarrow.com

Jessica Garrow is running for University of Colorado Regent, District 3. As a graduate of the University of Colorado-Boulder, Jessica knows how important the state university system is to Colorado. Higher education increases job opportunities for individuals, encourages involvement in our communities, and creates a skilled workforce that improved Colorado's ability to compete in the global marketplace. After graduating from the University of Colorado-Boulder, Jessica went on to get her Masters in City and Regional Planning and took a job as the Long Range Planner for the City of Aspen. As a young person Jessica is passionate about increasing opportunities for young people to get a good education and become involved in their communities.

Eva Henry

Colorado
Adams County Commissioner, District 1
2012
Open Seat
http://evaforadamsco.com/

Eva grew up in a family one paycheck away from being homeless, but they got by through sacrifice and with the help of neighbors. She knows what it’s like to struggle, to have a family member lose their job, to live without health insurance and be one bad break away from economic catastrophe. Eva brings accountability and transparency to Adams County government, which has been lacking for many years.

John Kefalas

Colorado
State Senate, District 14
2012
Open Seat
http://www.johnkefalas.org

A Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, former educator, health outreach worker and job-training counselor, Rep. Kefalas was first elected to the Statehouse in 2006 as a Progressive Majority supported candidate. He worked with Catholic Charities as a public policy advocate and community development coordinator for seven years.

Andy Kerr

Colorado
State Senate, District 22
2012
Open Seat
http://www.andykerr.org

Andy Kerr was elected to State Senate in District 22 in 2012. Andy has spent over a decade with the Jefferson County Public Schools as a teacher and curriculum specialist, and has worked with many boards and organizations committed to improving education in Colorado. Since his election to the State Assembly in 2006, Andy has been a fighter for schools, health care, seniors, and economy.

Diane Mitsch Bush

Colorado
State Representative, District 26
2012
Open Seat
http://www.dianeforcolorado.com

Diane Mitsch Bush was elected to State Representative District 26 in 2012. Diane currently serves on the Routt County Commission and is a professor at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. She’s running to strengthen the economy and community in District 26 and Colorado.

Dianne Primavera

Colorado
State Representative, District 33
2012
Open Seat
http://www.primaveraforcolorado.com

Dianne Primavera is a Colorado native and has worked in public service and the non-profit sectors for over three decades. She has worked as a vocational counselor, government manager, and served as an elected official. Dianne was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2006, and re-elected in 2008. During her time in the legislature, Dianne was chosen to serve as Chair of the Legislative Audit Committee and sponsored legislation to create the Colorado Autism Commission. Additionally, Dianne is a breast cancer survivor.

Mary Parker

Colorado
State Representative, District 22
2012
Open Seat
http://www.maryforstaterep.com

After taking early retirement, Mary Parker and her husband Steve started a small consulting business. Mary also works as a Truancy Special Advocate (TSA) and serves as a member of the Strategic Planning Advisory Committee for the Jefferson County School District.

Jessie Ulibarri

Colorado
State Senate, District 21
2012
Open Seat
http://www.jessieforcolorado.com

Jessie Ulibarriwas born and raised in Colorado. After becoming the first person in his family to receive a bachelor’s degree, he began non-profit advocacy work, building grassroots campaigns educating citizens on the economy. Jessie has also served his community in a variety of roles, including as State Central Committee Member of the Colorado Democratic Party, Board Chair of the Colorado Progressive Coalition, Board Chair of the Denver Agency on Human Rights and Community Relations, and as a Commissioner on the Denver GBLT Commission.

 

Tony Exum

Colorado
State Representative, District 17
2012
Challenger
http://www.tonyexum.com

A retired Battalion Chief from the Colorado Springs Fire Department, Tony Exum spent thirty-five years working to make the community safer. Tony's victory for the State House seat in 2012 was another step in a lifetime of public service. He is a member of the Colorado Springs Fire Association.

Alfonso Nunez

Colorado
City Council - Ward 5
2011
Challenger
Aurora

Alfonso Nunez served the city of Aurora for twenty-two years as a firefighter.  He is also a small business owner in Aurora and has worked with his family to create the Nunez Foundation.  The foundation has provided over $150,000 in scholarships and career development opportunities to over 50 Aurora area high school seniors since 1996.

Briana Peterson

Colorado
City Council, Ward 1
2011
Open Seat
Lakewood

Briana Peterson is running in a special election to fill a seat in Ward 1 of the Lakewood City Council. Peterson will bring an extensive amount of experience to the city council. Her experience as a tax representative and a lawyer provide the knowledge and experience needed on the council.  She’s running to give people in her neighborhood a voice that is not currently being heard.  

Susan “Susie” McMahon

Colorado
County School Board Director, District F
2011
Challenger
Douglas County
http://www.mcmahon4schools.com/

 

Susan “Susie” McMahon is a long-time Douglas County resident, parent and community
leader. As a mother, she appreciates the opportunities offered to all families by one of the highest performing districts in the state. McMahon’s desire to serve comes after many years of community involvement and volunteer work in local organizations, charities and neighborhood public schools. She is a recognized community leader, having completed Leadership Douglas County, a prestigious and intensive leadership training program.
Patt Quinn

Colorado
Mayor, City and County of Broomfield
2011
Challenger

Progressive Majority previously endorsed candidate running for re-election. 

Jan Tanner

Colorado
Colorado Springs Board of Education District 11
2011
Incumbent

Progressive Majority previously endorsed candidate running for re-election. 

Karen Kellen

Colorado
Lakewood City Council
2011
Incumbent

Progressive Majority previously endorsed candidate running for re-election. 

Cindy Baroway

Colorado
Lakewood Councilmember, Ward 2
2011
Incumbent

Progressive Majority previously endorsed candidate running for re-election. 

Tom Quinn

Colorado
Lakewood City Council Ward 5
2011
Incumbent

Progressive Majority previously endorsed candidate running for re-election. 

Kevin Jacobs

Colorado
Broomfield City Council
2011
Incumbent

Progressive Majority previously endorsed candidate running for re-election. 

Faith Winter

Colorado
Westminster City Council
2011
Incumbent

Progressive Majority previously endorsed candidate running for re-election. 

Pete Lee

Colorado
State House - District 18
2010
Open Seat
Colorado Springs
http://www.votepetelee.com/

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.

John Morse

Colorado
State Senate - District 11
2010
Incumbent
El Paso County

In 2006, John Morse ran and won in one of the most competitive State Senate districts in Colorado. He was the first Democrat to win in El Paso County since 1974. Now, he is running for re-election in a tougher environment. John has served as a police officer and as a Police Chief for nearly 20 years, worked four years as a CPA, worked as a paramedic in Denver, and ran a $3.3 million nonprofit organization that helps seniors age with dignity and remain independent. In the Legislature, John serves as Vice Chair of the Judiciary Committee and a member of the Finance and the Health and Human Services Committees. He has fought for improved public pensions and increased investment in health care.

Dan Pabon

Colorado
State House - District 4
2010
Open Seat
Denver County
http://www.danpabon.com/

Dan Pabon is a former staffer at the Office of White House Counsel who is running for House of Representatives in District 4. Dan worked with President Obama's top advisors creating and drafting the President's first Executive Order on Ethics. While a student at Colorado University, Dan helped create a recruitment and retention program for at risk students. As a young lawyer, Dan worked in a legal aid clinic helping economically disadvantaged clients obtain child support, alimony, and social security benefits. Dan recently won a tough primary against two other accomplished progressives. Dan is an outstanding progressive champion and will be a leader in the Colorado House of Representatives for many years.

Gail Schwartz

Colorado
State Senate - District 5
2010
Incumbent
Alamosa, Chaffee, Conejos, Costilla, Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Mineral, Pitkin, Rio Grande, and Saguache Counties

Senator Gail Schwartz is running for re-election in the Colorado Senate District 5. Gail has lived in the Western Slope for 32 years. During that time, she has worked to serve the unique needs of the Western Slope in over a dozen nonprofit, government, and business organizations that focus on helping students graduate, providing rural health care services, and constructing affordable housing for working families. Prior to being elected to the Colorado Senate, Gail was appointed by Governor Roy Romer to be a member of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, and was elected by the voters of the 3rd Congressional District to serve as a member and Vice-Chair of the University of Colorado Board of Regents. Her current legislative focus is on re-energizing Colorado's economy by creating jobs and investing in the future of renewable energy.