One of the more pressing issue for Colorado voters in this year is the governor races. You know, the whole “we can’t afford liberal Jared Polis” etc, etc. But who are these candidates? What do they stand for? Well, get ready to meet:
Jared Polis: Democratic Candidate
Polis, 43, graduated from Princeton University with a degree in politics 1996 and four years later won his first elected office as an at large member of the Colorado State Board of Education (aka: he got to vote for his district) and served as both Chairman and Vice Chairman during his term. In 2008 he was elected to the US House of Representatives where he continued to work for the next ten years.
In his own words (according to his website polis.house.gov), Polis believes that,
“Education is the single most meaningful investment America can make in its economic future and in its people.”
“Focus on making accountability work at all levels, expanding educational models, and improving persistently failing schools with data-driven changes to successful achievement gaps.”
“Reform our nation’s broken immigration policies, to advance the cause of civil rights and equality for all, and to protect Colorado and the world’s natural beauty and environment.”
Which in plain english can be boiled down to education and immigration. For more information about his career and the issues he endorses, check out his website:
We also recommend checking out his most recent and final debate, held between him and the Republican candidate Walker Stapleton:
Walker Stapleton: Republican Candidate
Stapleton, 44, graduated both from the London college of economics with a graduate degree in business economics as well as an MBA from Harvard Business school. He was elected as the Colorado Treasurer in 2011 and served for the next 8 years.
Stapleton is against state-run and paid for healthcare (universal healthcare, think the NHS or Obama Care).
“A government-run, single-payer health care program will result in higher taxes and less choice. It will bankrupt Colorado and drive families and businesses out of our state.” Stapleton however is still dedicated to lowering costs of and improving healthcare.
He also disagrees with sanctuary cities as he believes that they are dangerous.
“Work to end Sanctuary Cities and the practice of local governments shielding illegal immigrants from the law. I will explore any avenue to prevent jurisdictions from pursuing these types of dangerous policies and will work to restore a cooperative relationship between local, state and federal law enforcement that ensures Colorado remains a safe and prosperous community.”
In terms of education, he wished for students to have more choice in school, and specifically mentioned charter schools.
“We have far too many students who have become trapped in failing or under-achieving schools [and] in order to transform our system to one that prioritizes education, we must allow the money to follow the students, not the other way around. Expanding school choice and shifting our focus from schools to students can revitalize our education system and turn it into a model for the rest of the nation to follow.”
For more info on Jared Polis and his views on retirement, energy and land, the second amendment, jobs and water, check out his website: