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ENDORSEMENT WATCH | EMILY’s List gets behind Democratic legislative candidates

Author: Ernest Luning - August 2, 2018 - Updated: August 23, 2018

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EMILY’s List, a national group that backs pro-abortion-rights Democratic women candidates, has endorsed 14 Colorado legislative candidates, including a half dozen running for seats that could determine which party has the majority in the state Senate.

The group’s president, Stephanie Schriock, said the group’s picks “have the backbones and experience to fight for Colorado’s women and working families.”

“Throughout their careers they’ve used their voices to advocate for affordable health care, better access to quality education for every child, and stronger protections for women and families,” she said. “Now voters have a chance to both flip the state Senate and ensure Colorado has the first majority-women– and truly representative – state legislature in the country. EMILY’s List is honored to stand behind these incredible pro-choice Democratic women.”

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The women who won the group’s support are:

  • State Senate candidates Rebecca Cranston, in SD 15; state Rep. Jessie Danielson in SD 20; state Sen. Kerry Donovan in SD 5; state Rep. Brittany Pettersen in SD 22; Tammy Story in SD 16; and state Rep. Faith Winter in SD 24.
  • State House candidates state Rep. Janet Buckner in HD 40; Yadira Caraveo in HD 31; Lisa Cutter in HD 25; state Rep. Daneya Esgar in HD 46; state Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet in HD 30; state Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp in HD 29; state Rep. Barbara McLachlan in HD 59; and Kerry Tipper in HD 28.

The group previously endorsed three General Assembly candidates who won the nomination in the June primary: Julie Gonzales in SD 34; Monica Duran in HD 24; and Rochelle Galindo in HD 50.

Here are some of the other Colorado candidate endorsements announced this week:

• Conservation Colorado, the state’s largest statewide environmental advocacy organization, announced it’s endorsing Democrat Phil Weiser for attorney general.

“Phil Weiser will ensure that Colorado prioritizes the health and safety of our people and our environment,” said Maria Handley, the organization’s acting executive director, in a statement. “As attorney general, he will be a leader in addressing climate change, preventing unsafe oil and gas development, and protecting our public lands and rivers.”

Weiser, a former dean of the University of Colorado Law School, said he’s proud to join Conservation Colorado “to fight for our children and future generations.” He added: “As attorney general, I will lead the fight to address the reality of climate change, not deny it. I will protect our public lands and ensure we have clean air and water, standing up to the Trump agenda and suing our federal government when necessary to protect Colorado.”

• The League of Conservation Voters Action Fund, the political arm of a national environmental group, endorsed Jason Crow, the Democratic nominee in the 6th Congressional District in the Denver suburbs, praising the attorney’s commitment to “addressing the serious environmental challenges we face head on.”

“He knows how important public lands and the clean energy sector are to Colorado and will fight to make America a global leader again in reducing carbon pollution,” said Tiernan Sittenfeld, the group’s senior vice president of government affairs, in a statement.

The organization’s release included a statement from Conservation Colorado slamming Crow’s opponent, U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, for the incumbent Republican’s record voting with the Trump administration at a higher frequency than any other member of the state’s congressional delegation.

• Chance Hill, the Republican nominee for the University of Colorado Board of Regents seat representing the Colorado Springs-focused 5th Congressional District, won an endorsement from El Paso County Commissioner Mark Waller.

In a statement, Waller heaped praise on Hill, an employment attorney and former CIA officer: “He is conservative. He is motivated. He has an impressive work ethic. He understands the college environment, having graduated from law school fairly recently. He has a track record of professional success as a military officer and as an analyst with the Central Intelligence Agency. He understands the important role that UCCS and the CU system play in our state’s economy. He knows how to work well with others to achieve results. And he is a strong leader and communicator.”

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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.