Democrat Noel Ginsburg kicks off statewide gubernatorial campaign tour at business he founded

Author: Ernest Luning - April 28, 2017 - Updated: April 30, 2017

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Noel Ginsberg delivers a speech on March 25, 2017. (Photo courtesy Noel Ginsberg via Facebook)
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Noel Ginsberg delivers a speech on March 25, 2017. (Photo courtesy Noel Ginsberg via Facebook)

Noel Ginsburg, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor in next year’s election, launched a series of campaign events taking place across Colorado with a rally in Pueblo on Friday and a scheduled rally on Saturday in Denver at the manufacturing firm he founded nearly four decades ago.

The entrepreneur and nonprofit leader plans to meet with voters at a dozen events and rallies through the month of May as part of what he’s calling the “All Voices Count” tour. Ginsburg got things started at Pueblo’s Riverwalk, with Brian Burney of La Junta introducing him, according to his campaign’s Facebook page, and the tour lands in Denver at Intertech Plastics from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. The industrial plant is at 12850 E. 40th Ave., just southwest of the the I-70 and I-225 interchange.

Ginsburg founded Intertech Plastic in 1980 while still a senior at the University of Denver. The company, which employs nearly 200 workers at two facilities that operate around the clock, manufactures a broad range of devices using an injection-molding process.

Ginsburg is one of four announced Democratic gubernatorial candidates running for the office held by term-limited Democrat John Hickenlooper. The others are U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, former State Treasurer Cary Kennedy and former state Sen. Mike Johnston. U.S. Rep. Jared Polis has said he’s weighing a bid.

Five Republican candidates have declared they’re seeking the GOP nomination: 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler, entrepreneur and former state Rep. Victor Mitchell, Larimer County Commissioner Lew Gaiter III, Loveland retiree JoAnne Silva and  former investment banker Doug Robinson, who is also Mitt Romney’s nephew. State Treasurer Walker Stapleton, Attorney General Cynthia Coffman and businessman Kent Thiry are also considering bids.

In addition to his manufacturing company, Ginsburg has launched numerous charitable, nonprofit and trade groups. He was a co-founder of the I Have A Dream Foundation, founding chair of the Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance and founding executive chair of CareerWise Colorado.

Ginsburg’s campaign tour will also take him to Fort Collins, Boulder, Greeley, Fort Morgan, Steamboat, Colorado Springs, La Junta, Durango, Alamosa and Grand Junction, his campaign said.

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning is a political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has covered politics and government for newspapers and online news sites in Colorado for more than 25 years, including at the Highlands Ranch Herald, the Jefferson Sentinels chain of community newspapers and the Aurora Sentinel, where he was the city hall and cops reporter. After editing the Aurora Daily Sun, he was a political reporter and blogger for The Colorado Independent site. For nearly a decade, he was a senior political reporter and occasional editor at The Colorado Statesman before the 119-year-old publication merged with Colorado Politics in 2017.