Everybody And Their Mother Endorses Jared Polis

Rep. Jared Polis.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rep. Jared Polis released a very long list of endorsements today (after the jump) of Colorado Democrats backing his campaign, including former Congresswoman Betsy Markey and most of the state’s legislative leadership from the area Polis represents in Congress. It’s a strong show of support for Polis ahead of tomorrow’s entry of Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne into the race, and also helps pinpoint where Polis can expect to run strongly in the Democratic primary–urbanizing communities along the northern Front Range adversely affected by oil and gas development, many of which are in Polis’ congressional district.

This list is illustrative of the difficulty not just Lynne but all of the Democratic primary candidates are going to have catching up with Polis, whose vast financial resources and solid base of support among environmentally-minded Democrats have cemented his status as the Democratic frontrunner following the departure of Rep. Ed Perlmutter from the race. In fact it’s a fair statement to say that Lynne’s expected entry tomorrow into the gubernatorial primary is a problem for every Democratic candidate except Polis, who is already well on the way to owning the field.

Elected Officials who have endorsed Jared:

Betsy Markey Former United States Congresswomen
Dickey Lee Hullinghorst Former Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives
Rick Palacio Former Colorado Democratic Party Chairman
John Kefalas State Senator
Steve Fenberg State Senator
Chris Romer Former State Senator
Polly Baca Former State Senator
Sue Windels Former State Senator
Tom Glass Former State Senator, Former Mayor of Crested Butte
Edie Hooton State Representative
Jeff Bridges State Representative
Jeni Ardnt State Representative
Matt Gray State Representative
Mike Foote State Representative
Angie Paccione Former State Representative
Cherylin Peniston Former State Representative
Dianne Primavera Former State Representative
Ed Casso Former State Representative
Joe Miklosi Former State Representative
Roger Wilson Former State Representative
Stan Garnett Boulder County District Attorney

Jeff Chostner

Pueblo County District Attorney, Former County Commissioner, Former State Representative
Eva Henry Adams County Commissioner
Cindy Domenico Boulder County Commissioner
Deb Gardner Boulder County Commissioner
Elise Jones Boulder County Commissioner
Tim Mauck Clear Creek Commissioner
Garrison Ortiz Pueblo County Commissioner
Sal Pace Pueblo County Commissioner
Dan Gibbs Summit County Commissioner
Karn Stiegelmeier Summit County Commissioner
Thomas Davidson Summit County Commissioner
Jorge Amaya Former Alamosa County Commissioner
Will Toor Former Boulder County Commissioner
Buffie McFadyen Former Pueblo County Commissioner
Suzanne Jones Mayor of Boulder
Jacque Whitsitt Mayor of Basalt
Christine Berg Mayor of Lafayette
Gustavo Reyna Mayor Pro Tem, Lafayette
Cecil Gutierrez Mayor of Loveland
Dennis Coombs Mayor of Longmont
Bob Muckle Mayor of Louisville
Sean Murphy Mayor of Telluride
Susan Osborne Former Mayor of Boulder
Dr. John Warner Former Mayor of Breckenridge
Tiffany A. Snyder Former Mayor of Ward
Aaron Brockett Boulder City Council
Andrew Shoemaker Boulder City Council
Lisa Morzel Boulder City Council
Kevin Kreeger Broomfield City Council
Bette Erickson Broomfield City Council
Sam Weaver Boulder City Council
Richard Skorman Colorado Springs City Council
Yolanda Avila Colorado Springs City Council
Dean Brookie Durango City Council
Kristin Stephens Fort Collins City Council
Leah Johnson Loveland City Council
Rich Ball Loveland City Council
Ed Brown Pueblo City Council
Mack Goodman Thornton City Council
Val Vigil Thornton City Council, Former State Representative
Maria De Cambra Westminster City Council
Andy Schultheiss Former Boulder City Council
Francoise Poinsatte Former Boulder City Council
Ramona Martinez Former Denver City Council
Angelika Schroeder Chairwomen of the State Board of Education
Dave Levy Thompson School Board
Denise Montague Thompson School Board
Nancy Tellez Former Poudre School Board
Beverly Breakstone Summit County Assessor
Nancy Cronk Director on the Cunningham Fire Protection District’s Board of Directors
Beverly Benavidez Ryken Former Vice Chair of the Colorado Democratic Party
Bob Hullinghorst Former Boulder County Treasurer
John Tayer Former RTD Board
Eric Mamula Breckenridge  (as an individual)
Gerry Horak Ft. Collins (as an individual)

13 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Awen says:

    Missing: KC Becker (who's from Polis' district),  current House Majority Leader

    Joe Neguse (who's running for Polis' seat and is from his district)

    Crisanta Duran, current Speaker of the House

    Jessie Danielson, Speaker Pro Tem

    Former state Sen. Rollie Heath (who's from his district)
    Former state Sen. Ron Tupa (who's from his district)

    I'd say there's some major leadership names missing from this list.

  2. PseudonymousPseudonymous says:

    I was going to make a crack about just linking to the list of endorsements on his campaign website rather than listing them all here, until I realized that there apparently isn't one.  Just whatever mess this is.  Keep doing you, Pols, I'll keep the snark dry for a better opportunity.

  3. ModeratusModeratus says:

    Environmental radical, social issue extremist. Colorado Pols will love Gov. Jared!

    • Conserv. Head Banger says:

      I didn't know that support for clean air, clean water; and protection of public lands; makes one an "environmental radical."  If that is true, sign me up. Common sense conservatives want all that.

      How is Polis a social issue extremist? I thought the extremists are those who want to control female bodies through banning of abortion and contraception? Or those who deny the 14th Amendment's support of equal rights?

      C'mon Moderatus. Enlighten us.

    • unnamed says:

      Moldy as a brainless shill for the authoritarian right, you have no business calling anybody an extremist.

  4. doremi says:

    Actually, I find this quite disappointing.  There are a number of ways that Jared Polis is out of step with the Democratic party.  He is perhaps last on my list of desirable governor candidates.

    In particular, Polis has a number of votes/cosponsorships on undoing current gun laws. No surprise then to see pro-gunners Sal Pace and Buffie McFayden lined up in his court.

    Unfortunately, all I see that Polis brings to the table is money, the factor that chased away a far better candidate Ed Perlmutter.

  5. NeonNurseNeonNurse says:

    As a not-exactly impartial observer, I can suggest one reason for Jared already doing so well — he knows what he's doing. He handles social media like that Elway chap used to handle a football. And he's on the ball in real life too. Last weekend he walked in the State Fair parade Sunday morning, drove to Lamar (120 miles) for an afternoon meeting, then drove to Alamosa (3+ hours) for an evening meeting, and went home to march in a parade in either Louisville or Longmont, I forget, on Monday.

    I'm not just a mother, I'm a grandmother, and *I* endorse him too! 🙂

  6. ElliotFladenElliotFladen says:

    I support Jared.  

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