Endorsements

“Of three extremely strong candidates, we think Kennedy is the strongest.”
-Colorado Spring Independent Editorial Endorsement

Organizations

American Federation of Teachers – Colorado 
Blue Rising Colorado
Ceasefire Colorado
Colorado BlueFlower Fund
Colorado Education Association
Colorado/Wyoming Communications Workers of America State(s) Council

EMILY’s List
International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 15 of Colorado
InvestHER
Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate Distinction*
Pipefitters Local 58

SMART Union – Sheetmetal Local 9
SMART Union – Transportation Division
Support Jeffco Kids
Teamsters Local 455
United Steelworkers District 12
WAGG (Women Advocates for Good Government)

Former and Current Elected Officials

Ken Salazar, Former Secretary of the Interior and U.S. Senator
Wren and Tim Wirth, Former U.S. Senator
Gail Schoettler, Former Lieutenant Governor and Former State Treasurer and Former Candidate for Governor
Mike Callihan, Former Lieutenant Governor
Bernie Buescher, Former Colorado Secretary of State, Former State Representative
Beth McCann, Denver District Attorney
Linda Shoemaker, Vice Chair, University of Colorado Board of Regents
Joan Fitz-Gerald, Former Senate President, First female Senate President of Colorado
Brandon Shaffer, Former President of the State Senate
Dan Grossman, Former Colorado House Minority Leader and State Senator
Alice Madden, Former House Majority Leader and State Representative
Pat Waak, Former Chair, Colorado Democratic Party
Daniel Kagan, State Senator
Betty Boyd, Former State Senator
Bob Bacon, Former State Senator, Former State Representative
Bob Hagedorn, Former State Senator
Mary Hodge, Adams County Commissioner and Former State Senator
Evie Hudak, Former State Senator
Doug Linkhart, Former State Senator and Denver City Councilman
Michael Merrifield, State Senator
Pat Pascoe, Former State Senator
Chris Romer, Former State Senator
Dorothy Rupert, Former State Senator
Gloria Tanner, Former State Senator and Former State Representative, First African American woman to serve as a Colorado State Senator
Jeanne Nicholson, Former State Senator
Nancy Todd, State Senator

Suzanne Williams, Former State Senator and Former State Representative
Debbie Benefield, Former State Representative
Sara Gagliardi, Former State Representative
Chris Kennedy, State Representative
Pete Lee, State Representative
Susan Lontine, State Representative
Rosemary Marshall, Former State Representative
Judy Solano, Former State Representative and Manuel Solano
Joe Rice, Former State Representative and Former Mayor of Glendale
Max Tyler, Former State Representative
Dave Young, State Representative
Tom Plant, Former State Representative and Former Director of the Governor’s Energy Office
Allison Aichele, La Plata County Treasurer
Steve Child, Pitkin County Commissioner
Bill Holen, Arapahoe County Commissioner
Krista Holtzmann, As an individual
Gwen Lachelt, County Commissioner, La Plata County
Kevin Leung, Chair of Hop Sing Denver, Vice-president of Asia Roundtable of Colorado, and President of Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce in Greater Denver
Inga Causey
, Eagle County School Board
Jon DeStefano, Platte Canyon School Board Member, Former President of the Jefferson County School Board, Former President of the Colorado Association of School Boards
Nate Donovan, School Board member, Poudre School District
Peter Monson, Former County Commissioner, Clear Creek County; Former President and member, Board of Education, Clear Creek School District.

Jill O’Dell, Member of the Telluride R-1 School District Board of Education
Mark Payler, Superintendent of Custer County School District C-1, and Cindy Payler
Susan Kirkpatrick, Former Mayor of Ft. Collins
Brian Bagley, Mayor of Longmont
John Beltrone, Edgewater City Council
Laila Benitez, Mayor of Mountain Village
Bennett Boeschenstein, Grand Junction Mayor Pro Tem and City Councilman
Dennis Flores, Pueblo City Councilor
Jeannie Kaplan, Former Denver Public Schools Board of Education
Happy Haynes, City of Denver Deputy Mayor; Executive Director of Denver Parks & Recreation; Denver Board of Education, Denver Public Schools
Dick Hodge, Former Mayor-Pro Tem of Brighton
Marcia Johnson, Former Denver City Council
Nicole Johnston, Aurora City Council
Robin Kniech, Denver City Council
Sweetie Marbury, Durango (as an individual)
Lisel Petis, Steamboat Springs City Council
Paul Reich, Member of the Telluride R-1 School District Board of Education, Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB) President-Elect
Dan Richardson, Mayor of Carbondale
Jacob Smith, Former Mayor of Golden
Connie Sullivan, Mayor of Lyons
Mary Beth Susman, Denver City Council
Kirk Taylor, Pueblo County Sheriff
Jenny Willford, Northglenn City Council, Former ED of Emerge Colorado
Mary Young, Boulder City Council
Guillermo “Bill” Vidal, Former Mayor of Denver, Former Deputy Mayor and Manager of Public Works for Denver, and Former President and CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver

Community and Civic Leaders

Wil Alston, Communications Strategist, Former Executive Director of Five Points Business District
Dulce Anayasaenz, Former Colorado State Director for Bernie Sanders for President
Katherine Archuleta, former National Political Director, Obama 2012 and Founding Partner, Dimension Strategies
Dr. Patricia Baca, Community Leader and Education Advocate
Veronica Barela, President & CEO of Newsed
Patricia Barela Rivera, Former Colorado District Director for the U.S. Small Business Administration
Chauncey Billups, Former NBA All-Star Player
Jennifer Bock, Steamboat Springs (as an individual)
Cleo Breeze, Former Denver and Aurora Public Schools Administrator
Michael Brewer, Philanthropic Consultant
Dr. Joyce Brooks
Mary Beth Buescher, Commissioner, Colorado Commission on Higher Education
Cathy Carlson, Community Leader
Diane Carman, Communications Consultant
Jim “Carpy” Carpenter, Former Chief of Staff, Governor Bill Ritter
Tyler Chafee, Senior Vice President, Strategies 360
Dede de Percin, Executive Director of Mile High Health Alliance
Kim Desmond, Director of the City of Denver Office on Women & Families
Evan Dreyer, Deputy Chief of Staff to Mayor Hancock
Mark Eddy, Founder and Principal of Mark Eddy Communications
John Fielder, Nature Photographer
Taryn Finnessey, Denver (as an individual)

Xochitl Gaytan, Southwest Denver Community Leader, Former Denver School Board Candidate and Small Business Owner
Simon Hambidge,
MD, PhD, pediatrician and health care executive
Darrell Hanavan
, Former Executive Director of the Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee, Colorado Association of Wheat Growers and Colorado Wheat Research Foundation
Lynea Hansen, Senior Vice President, Strategies 360
Anna Jo Haynes, President Emeritus of Mile High Early Learning Centers, Co-Chair of the Early Childhood Leadership Commission
Carol Hedges, Fiscal expert
Melanie Herrera Bortz, Latina community leader, Health advocate
Dr. Warren Hern, 
M.D.
Steve Jordan, Former President of Metropolitan State University of Denver
Peter Kirsch, Partner, Kaplan, Kirsch, Rockwell and Conservation Advocate
Carol Lease, Executive Director of the Empowerment Program
Rita R. Lewis, Colorado Civil Rights Commissioner, Former Denver NAACP Chapter President
Don Mares
, Former Deputy Mayor of Denver and Executive Director of Denver Human Services
Jim Martin, Former Regional Administer for the EPA, Former Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources
Mary Mullarkey, Former Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court Justice
Derek Okubo, Denver (as an individual)
Erin Overturf, Conservation Advocate
Kent Peppler, Former Rocky Mountain Farmers Union President, Peppler Farms LLC
Colleen Peppler, Peppler Farms LLC
Carla Perez, Former Assistant General Manager for RTD and Senior Transportation Advisor to Governor Bill Ritter

Peg Perl, Democracy TNG
Monica Piergrossi
, Former Director of External Affairs in the Office of Congressional & Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy
Portia Prescott
, Community Leader, CEO/President Prescott Solutions
Diane Ravitch, Public Education Advocate and author
Bill Roberts
, Former Editorial Page Editor of the Durango Herald
Kelly Romero-Heaney
, NW Colorado Water Leader
Eric Rothaus, Former Colorado Deputy Treasurer
Jayson Sime, Former State Director of America Votes
John Singletary
David Thomson, CEO of Etre Corporation
Phillip A. Washington, Retired Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army; Former CEO & General Manager of Denver RTD; and current CEO of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Paul Washington, Former Executive Director of Denver’s Office of Economic Development
Ken Weil, Principal, Social Impact Solutions and Former Deputy Chief of Staff, Governor Bill Ritter
Lisa Weil, Education Advocate
Gerrit Westervelt, Former President of Educare Colorado
Denise Whinnen, Colorado Springs (as an individual)
Mary Wickersham, Co-Founder and Principal, Social Impact Solutions, Former Senior Education Policy Advisor, Governor Bill Ritter Jr.
Meredith Williams, Former Executive Director of PERA
Thomas Williams, Former Vice President and General Manager of TIAA-CREF’s Western Division

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*not a formal endorsement.