Colorado AFL-CIO Releases Final List of 2016 Election Endorsements

COLORADO AFL-CIO RELEASES FINAL LIST OF 2016 STATE LEGISLATIVE ENDORSEMENTS

COMMITTEE ON POLITICAL EDUCATION VOTES TO OPPOSE AMENDMENT 71

Denver – The Colorado AFL-CIO, which represents more than 170 affiliate unions whose membership totals more than 130,000 working Coloradans, today released its final legislative endorsements for the 2016 Colorado election cycle. In addition, the Colorado AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education voted to oppose Amendment 71, which changes the rules for citizen-initiated ballot measures in Colorado.

“According to the latest economic reports, working class Americans are finally seeing income gains as we pull out of the recession,” said Colorado AFL-CIO Executive Director Sam Gilchrist. “But we cannot take those gains for granted. Our economic recovery depends on ensuring working families are supported by public policy – and that support is reflected in our endorsements. It’s important for the men and women of the Colorado AFL-CIO to know who’s on their side and who’s not.”

The AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education (COPE) voted to oppose Amendment 71, which changes Colorado’s traditional citizen-initiated ballot process.

“Amendment 71 has numerous problems and puts up too many roadblocks in Colorado’s longstanding tradition of ‘direct democracy’ for voters on ballot issues,” said Gilchrist. “Colorado’s ballot process has long empowered citizens to have a say over our state, both yes and no. It’s kept special interests and their lobbyists in check. But Amendment 71 does the opposite – it puts big money and special interests ahead of Colorado voters.

For those reasons, we oppose it and will be urging our members to vote No on Amendment 71.”

The full list of endorsements is listed below:

US CONGRESS

 

District

Name

 

1

Diana DeGette

 

2

Jared Polis

 

3

Gail Schwartz

 

4

Bob Seay

 

6

Morgan Carroll

 

7

Ed Perlmutter

 

 

STATE SENATE

 

District

Name

 

8

Emily Tracy

 

14

John Kefalas

 

17

Matt Jones

 

18

Stephen Fenberg

 

19

Rachel Zenzinger

 

21

Dominick Moreno

 

25

Jenise May

 

26

Daniel Kagan

 

27

Tom Sullivan

 

28

Nancy Todd

 

29

Rhonda Fields

 

33

Angela Williams

 

35

James W. “Jim” Casias

 

 

 

 

 

 

STATE HOUSE

 

 

 

District

Name

 

1

Susan Lontine

2

Alec Garnett

3

Jeff Bridges

4

Dan Pabon

5

Crisanta Duran

8

Leslie Herod

9

Paul Rosenthal

10

Edie Hooton

11

Jonathan Singer

12

Mike Foote

13

KC Becker

 

 

17

Tony Exum

 

 

 

18

Pete Lee

 

 

 

23

Chris Kennedy

 

 

 

24

Jessie Danielson

 

 

 

25

Tammy Story

 

 

 

26

Diane Mitsch-Bush

 

 

 

28

Brittany Petterson

 

 

 

29

Tracy Kraft-Tharp

 

 

 

30

Dafna Michaelson Jenet

 

 

 

31

Joe Salazar

 

 

 

33

Matt Grey

 

 

 

34

Steve Lebsock

 

 

 

35

Faith Winter

 

 

 

36

Mike Weissman

 

 

 

40

Janet Buckner

 

 

 

41

Jovan Melton

 

 

 

42

Dominique Jackson

 

 

 

46

Daneya Esgar

 

 

 

47

Jason Munoz

 

 

 

49

Adrien “Buzz” Sweeney

 

 

 

50

Dave Young

 

 

 

51

Jody Shadduck-McNally

 

 

 

52

Joann Ginal

 

 

 

53

Jeni Arndt

 

 

 

59

Barbara Hall McLachlan

 

 

 

61

Millie Hamner

 

 

 

 

Ballot Initiatives (full descriptions of the measures can be found here)

Amendment T (referred by legislature)—Remove Slavery from Constitution: Support

Amendment U (referred by legislature)—Property Tax Relief under $6,000: Neutral

Amendment 69—State Healthcare System: Neutral

Amendment 70—Increase State Minimum Wage: Support

Amendment 71—Requirements for Constitutional Amendments: Oppose

Amendment 72—Cigarette Tax: Neutral

Proposition 106—Medical Aid in Dying: Neutral

Proposition 107—Presidential Primary & Open Primary: Oppose

Proposition 108—Open Primary: Oppose