Why I’m Running

We all love Colorado and living here. Colorado is innovative, forward thinking, solutions-oriented, and welcoming. We have built one of the fastest-growing economies in the nation. But, our work in Colorado just got a lot tougher. We lost our partner in Washington. We won’t let Washington take our state backwards. I am running for governor because I love Colorado. If we invest in our people, manage our money responsibly, and protect the Colorado we love, we can ensure that everyone here can benefit from our progress.

Investing in our people

I started my career by writing and helping pass Amendment 23 that’s prioritized education and protected our schools from even deeper budget cuts. As treasurer, I created a billion-dollar program, with no new or increased state taxes, that’s renovating hundreds of aging school buildings around our state – so that all kids including those in low-income and rural communities have modern learning facilities.

I want all of our kids to have opportunities and be able to compete for the jobs in Colorado’s growing economy.

If I am elected governor, I will make education Colorado’s top priority. I will work with our schools and communities to make sure every child gets a great education that is engaging and empowering. We can give every child the opportunity to go to preschool and kindergarten. We can give our teachers the professional pay they deserve. We can offer technical and professional courses while kids are still in high school. And we can get our kids through college without burdensome debt.

Managing Our Money Responsibly

We need to manage our money responsibly. This has been my life’s work. As State Treasurer and Denver’s Chief Financial Officer, I’ve been in charge of your money for over a decade. I’ve kept our budget balanced. I’ve put our state on stronger financial footing. And Colorado’s taxes are among the lowest in the country.

We know that government can’t and shouldn’t solve every problem – which is why I’ve helped create partnerships between business, government, universities and philanthropies to find forward-looking solutions to our challenges.

You deserve a government that will spend your tax money on what actually works, in ways that will actually improve your lives. We know that to be successful we must invest back in our communities — in education and modern infrastructure. As governor, I will manage your money responsibly, keep the budget balanced and taxes low, and make sure that our state can meet the demands of a growing economy.

Protecting the Colorado We Love

It turns out that folks across the country love Colorado as much as we do. Since I was a kid, our population has doubled – and another 4 million people are projected to move to Colorado by 2050.

Like the rest of us, they’ll probably keep hiking boots and fly rods in their trunks, even if they never have time to use them. When your backyard is the Rocky Mountains, you always want to be prepared!

Colorado always has been and always will be a welcoming state. We just need to be smart about it.

That means making sure our roads, highways and transit can accommodate everybody. It means making sure we’ve got enough great, modern schools for all of our kids. It means making sure we protect our water, address climate change and expand broadband so that every family has what it needs to thrive.

The good news is that we know how to do this. We’ve shown the world what it is to build a renewable energy economy. In just a few short years, we’ve quadrupled the amount of energy we get from the wind and the sun. We’ve reduced the amount of water people use. And we’ve preserved our pristine landscape – because we love it and we know it gives us an economic advantage.

I am running for governor because I love Colorado. If we invest in our people, manage our money responsibly, and protect the Colorado we love, we can ensure that everyone here can benefit from our progress.