Committee on Political Education (COPE)

COPE-contributor-widgetThe Colorado WINS Committee on Political Education (COPE) encourages participation in the political process by providing political education, endorsing candidates based on issues relevant to state employees and educating public officials on our issues, among other activities.

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Hold politicians accountable

To build political strength, contribute to the COPE committee.

What does COPE do?

COPE mobilizes members to be active in the political process. We also provide contributions to politicians who support state employees and provide information to members about candidates and their positions on such issues as healthcare, pensions, safe working conditions and other concerns that impact state workers. COPE members interview candidates for open positions and give endorsement recommendations to the WINS Executive Board.

What is a COPE Board?

Each year, we elect members to sit on the COPE Board and provide input on our political activities. Only COPE contributors can serve on COPE Board or elect COPE representatives.

Do I have to be a WINS member to be a COPE contributor?

Yes, you have to be a Colorado WINS member to contribute to COPE. If you are not a member yet, please fill out our membership formfirst, before joining COPE. Contributing to COPE is not a condition of membership in WINS.

 

 

COPE Board Composition

The 2016 COPE Board members (clockwise from top left): Shelly Marquez, Geronimo Olivas, Ira Liss, Nancy Fey, Ricardo Matthias, Lucretia Robinson, Brian Hines, Jane Wilson, Mark Qualy, John Gamez, Pat Kriebel.

The 2016 COPE Board members (clockwise from top left): Shelly Marquez, Geronimo Olivas, Ira Liss, Nancy Fey, Ricardo Matthias, Lucretia Robinson, Brian Hines, Jane Wilson, Mark Qualy, John Gamez, Pat Kriebel.

Each year, COPE contributors elect representatives among themselves who chair the COPE program. Elections are usually held in January, during the annual COPE Summit. Below are the rules for electing a COPE Board.

The Political Education Committee will be comprised of no more than 15 members who have submitted a completed Committee on Political Education (COPE) card. You may only run for one position.

  • 6 Members from District Chapters: 1 member from each District
  • 4 Members from Departments: 1 member each from Human Services (DHS), Corrections (DOC), Higher Education (HE), and “capitol corridor” (all other departments)
  • COPE-seal-orange-rotated4 additional Members from largest Departments: additional member for every 250 members in Department
    • 2 DHS members
    • 2 DOC members
    • No other Department has more than 250 members

With any questions about COPE and COPE elections, please contact Robert Lindgren at 303.937.6452.

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