Colorado WINS members helped create a historic election year for Colorado progressives. This was the highest turnout election in Colorado’s history, which speaks to how well our voting system works for everyone – Republican, Democrat, or independent.
Colorado WINS left it all on the table. Through phone banks, text banks, mail and literature drops, state employees have done their part to ensure that candidates who care about working people got elected. The difficulties of 2020 have shown us that we’re all in this together — no matter who we are, where we’re from, or the color of our skin — we must work together to invest in public services. Read on to see more of our victories!
We worked hard to repeal the outdated Gallagher Amendment. As it stood, this amendment would force first responders, schools and frontline health providers to cut budgets and give wealthy neighborhoods tax breaks while increasing the tax burden on small businesses – particularly in low-income communities. As public servants, we knew this was dangerous, especially in a time when public services have been cut year after year and our tax dollars are stretched further than ever to provide essential services. We fought hard – and won – to take this amendment out of Colorado’s constitution.
Colorado WINS stood strong and advocated for women’s rights this election season and helped defeat a harmful anti-choice bill. Proposition 115 was the latest in a long line of attempts to ban abortion in Colorado. Proponents of this ballot measure have said outright they want to force a woman to carry a pregnancy to term — even in cases of rape, risks to the woman’s health, or a lethal fetal diagnosis. We reached out to 10,000 voters about this dangerous bill and are proud to say it was shot down with a 59% majority no vote. Womxn and those seeking abortion access will continue to do so freely and safely throughout the state.
Proposition 118, which Allows for 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave passed with a 57% of the vote. This shows that Coloradans trust in our democracy and our voting system to get things done. Paid leave should not be a privilege – it’s a right. Now Colorado law reflects that.
We were excited to see progressive candidates win across the state this year. Senator Cory Gardner was unseated by former democratic Governor John Hickenlooper, showing that Coloradans want new leaders who will co-govern govern us all.
Statewide progressives picked up at least an extra seat in the Senate with Chris Kolker’s victory and hopefully Paula Dickerson! We retained strong control of the House of Representatives with especially key victories for Rep. Daneya Esgar and community activist Iman Jodeh, who is now the first Muslim lawmaker in the state’s history.
See below for our endorsed candidate victories:
|Ilana Spiegel||Colorado Regent|
|Susan Lontine||House District 1|
|Alec Garnett||House District 2|
|Meg Froelich||House District 3|
|Alex Valdez||House District 5|
|Steven Woodrow||House District 6|
|Emily Sirota||House District 9|
|Karen McCormick||House District 11|
|Tracey Bernett||House District 12|
|Judy Amabile||House District 13|
|Tony Exum||House District 17|
|Marc Snyder||House District 18|
|Chris Kennedy||House District 23|
|Monica Duran||House District 24|
|Lisa Cutter||House District 25|
|Dylan Roberts||House District 26|
|Brianna Titone||House District 27|
|Kerry Tipper||House District 28|
|Lindsey Daugherty||House District 29|
|Dafna Michaelson Jenet||House District 30|
|Yadira Caraveo||House District 31|
|Adrienne Benavidez||House District 32|
|Matt Gray||House District 33|
|Kyle Mullica||House District 34|
|Shannon Bird||House District 35|
|Mike Weissman||House District 36|
|David Ortiz||House District 38|
|Naquetta Ricks||House District 40|
|Iman Jodeh||House District 41|
|Dominique Jackson||House District 42|
|Daneya Esgar||House District 46|
|Mary Young||House District 50|
|Cathy Kipp||House District 52|
|Jeni Ardnt||House District 53|
|Barbara McLachlan||House District 59|
|Julie McCluskie||House District 61|
|Joann Ginal||Senate District 14|
|Sonya Jaquez Lewis||Senate District 17|
|Steve Fenberg||Senate District 18|
|Rachel Zenzinger||Senate District 19|
|Dominick Moreno||Senate District 21|
|Jeff Bridges||Senate District 26|
|Chris Kolker||Senate District 27|
|Janet Buckner||Senate District 28|
|Rhonda Fields||Senate District 29|
|Chris Hansen||Senate District 31|
|James Coleman||Senate District 33|