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Welcome


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Welcome


Welcome

Thanks for visiting. I grew up right here and graduated from Arapahoe High School. I'll bring a fresh perspective to the legislature that's rooted in our Colorado values of opportunity, independence, and responsibility. As Coloradans, we know government works best when people work together. In the legislature, I won't let partisanship get in the way of our frontier spirit of solving problems together.

So far on our campaign I've walked hundreds of miles to have personal, one-on-one conversations with thousands of people at their doors. I've loved hearing your neighbor's stories and I want to hear yours. Please reach out anytime:

Personal Cell Phone: (303) 358-5551
Email: jeff@bridgesforcolorado.com

The conversations I've had at the doors are the best part of running for office. I believe it's important to meet people where they live. To listen to what folks care about, hear their struggles, and learn how we can make a real difference in people's lives with a government that actually works.

I look forward to meeting you and serving you in the State House.

 
 

At a Glance

Candidate for the Colorado State House, District 3

Colorado Raised, Colorado Values
"I am committed to protecting and preserving the Colorado we love. Our mountains, our air, our water, but most of all, our way of life."

Endorsed By
Secretary Ken Salazar, Jeannie and Governor Bill Ritter, Dottie and Governor Dick Lamm, Senator Mark Udall, Congressman Jared Polis, Majority Leader Alice Madden, and many more.

Issue Priorities
Economy, Education, Environment

Experience
• Protected military lives with bipartisan legislation.
• Expanded Colorado's renewable energy industry.
• Protected LGBT rights in a Presidential order.

Education
• Arapahoe High School
• Kenyon College, B.A. in Political Science & minor in Environmental Studies
• Harvard University, Master of Divinity

...and click here to learn how I met my brilliant wife AnnMarie.

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Endorsements


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Endorsements


"JEFF IS LIKE FAMILY TO ME, AND I KNOW HE WILL BRING HIS DEEP COLORADO VALUES WITH HIM INTO THE STATE LEGISLATURE."

—SECRETARY KEN SALAZAR

Governor Bill Ritter

"Jeff connects with people on a values level, and uses that gift to overcome partisanship and political obstructionism. He knows there's more that unites us as Coloradans than divides us. That's why Jeff is my pick to represent the neighborhood where he grew up, and to win a tough election in a competitive seat."

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Congressman Jared Polis

"As a native Coloradan, Jeff has a long history of service to our state at both the local and national level. He has a heart for service, strong Colorado values, and will be an invaluable friend to have in the state legislature.”

Sec. of State Bernie Buescher

"I've known Jeff for almost two decades. Serving our state both here at home and in our nation's capitol, he has shown a deep commitment to people from across Colorado. He has a good heart, and we need his leadership in the Colorado House."

Also endorsed by

John Salazar, Former US Congressman

Stan Matsunaka, Former Colorado Senate President

Jeni Arndt, Colorado Representative

Peggy Lamm, Former Colorado Representative

Angie Paccione, Former Colorado Representative

Alice Madden, Former Colorado House Majority Leader

Sal Pace, Former Colorado House Minority Leader

Fran Coleman, Former Colorado Representative

Joe Miklosi, Former Colorado Representative

Randy Penn, Former Mayor of Englewood

Jeff and Representative Angie Paccione

Jeff and Representative Angie Paccione

Jeff and Colorado House Majority Leader Alice Madden

Jeff and Colorado House Majority Leader Alice Madden

Jeff and Secretary Ken Salazar

Jeff and Secretary Ken Salazar

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Making A Government That Works


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Making A Government That Works


I can make government work.
I've done it before.

Partisan gridlock has long paralyzed our representatives in Washington. Here in Colorado, the Denver Post reported that this last legislative session was the most partisan and least productive in our state's history. Colorado can do better. Throughout my career, the best things I’ve done have been by bringing people together—across parties, across ideologies, and even across faiths.

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Ken Salazar speaking about C.R.O.W.S.

Protected military lives with bipartisan legislation

When I worked for Ken Salazar in the US Senate, we received a letter from a Coloradan serving in Iraq whose friend was killed by an IED. I brought together Democrats and Republicans for a program that's still saving military lives. In the legislature, I will continue to fight to protect our Colorado families.

EXPANDED OUR RENEWABLE ENERGY INDUSTRY

As part of the Colorado Conservation Voters board of directors, I helped elect a bipartisan, pro-conservation majority that increased our state's renewable energy standards, expanding our renewable energy economy. In the legislature, I will continue to fight for good-paying jobs for Colorado families.

PROTECTED LGBT RIGHTS IN A PRESIDENTIAL ORDER

A few years ago, President Obama signed an executive order banning LGBT discrimination by federal contractors and employers. He faced significant pressure to include a Hobby Lobby-style religious exemption, which would have made the whole thing toothless. As Associate Vice President at Union Theological Seminary, I connected people from across faiths—including Protestants, Catholics, Muslims and Jews—who were opposed to the exemption. By bringing people together, we protected the rights of our LGBT brothers and sisters. In the legislature, I will continue to fight for equality for all people regardless of race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.

NATIONAL EXPERIENCE, LOCAL PERSPECTIVE

I'm the only one in this race who has legislative experience. I'm also the only one who grew up here. I've worked with Coloradans from the Eastern Plains, the Western Slope, the San Luis Valley, and all along the Front Range. I have deep local roots and a unique perspective on the challenges faced by those from across all of Colorado. I also have a master’s degree in divinity so I know how to bring people together around our shared values. In the legislature, I will build the diverse coalitions we need to pass legislation that will move our local community forward.

This is how government should work. You listen to people, identify the problem, and work together to solve it. You stand your ground, and find common ground.