2020 Endorsements

Denver Area Labor Federation Releases Endorsements for 2020 Primary and General Elections

Metro areas largest labor body backs candidates with clear record, bold vision, and a passion for fighting for working people

DENVER – The Denver Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO held its 2020 Committee on Political Education (COPE) Endorsement Convention on Thursday, April 23. Delegates representing unions from across Denver Metro gathered online for this first-ever “virtual” convention to vote on which candidates have earned organized labor’s support for election in June's Primary Election and the Fall General Election. By DALFConstitution, a two-thirds majority vote is needed for endorsement. Below is the full list of DALF endorsements from Thursday. DALF delegates will consider additional endorsements at the June Delegates Meeting and/or at a special COPE Convention that may be convened this summer.

Denver Area Labor Federation President Josh Downey said, “We’re proud to stand with our endorsed candidates because they stand with working families.  We are no longer content with candidates who simply provide platitudes to our members. We are demanding that the candidates we support take bold stands on collective bargaining, job creation, higher wages, affordable housing, a just transition for workers, and improving our schools.  The workers who make the Denver metro area great deserve leaders who will help them build an economy that works for everyone and not just the wealthy few.  And we look forward to working with those newly-elected leaders after the election this fall.”

To receive the Denver Area Labor Federation endorsement each candidate was asked to complete a four-step process which included an apprenticeship tour, a candidate education forum, a candidate questionnaire and a panel interview.  “We are confident that the 90,000 plus union members, the 114 local unions, and countless job classifications represented by DALF will be served well by our endorsed candidates,” said Muriel Ponder an APWU member who participated in the endorsement process. 

2020 DALF Endorsed Candidates

Eva HenryAdams County Commissioner District 1
Chaz TedescoAdams County Commissioner District 2
Lynn BacaAdams County Commissioner District 5
Idris KeithArapahoe County Commissioner District 3
Jake LillyDistrict Attorney, Judicial District 1
Brian MasonDistrict Attorney, Judicial District 17

The Denver Area Labor Federation is proud to stand with the Colorado AFL-CIO in their 2020 endorsements. 

Delegates to the CO AFL-CIO considered endorsements for congressional, state legislative, and statewide ballot initiatives. They will be making another round of endorsements in the summer. For more information contact Robert Lindgren at Colorado AFL-CIO. 

The Colorado AFL-CIO make the following endorsements: 

United States Congress

Diana DeGetteU.S. House1
Joe NeguseU.S. House2
Diane Mitsch BushU.S. House3
Jillian FreelandU.S. House5
Jason CrowU.S. House6
Ed PerlmutterU.S. House7

Colorado State Senate

Karl HanlonState Senate8
Joann GinalState Senate14
Sonya Jaquez LewisState Senate17
Paula Jane DickersonState Senate25
Jeff BridgesState Senate26
Chris KolkerState Senate27
Janet P. BucknerState Senate28
James ColemanState Senate33

Colorado State House

Meg FroelichState House3
Steven WoodrowState House6
Jennifer BaconState House7
Karen McCormickState House11
Tracey BernettState House12
Judy AmabileState House13
Dylan RobertsState House26
Lindsey DaughertyState House29
Tom SullivanState House37
David OrtizState House38
John RonquilloState House40
Iman JodehState House41
Jennifer MitkowskiState House43
Daneya EsgarState House46
Cathy KippState House52
Barbara McLachlinState House59
Matt MartinezState House62

CU Regent 

Ilana SpiegelCU Regent6Endorse

Colorado State School Board

Lisa EscárcegaBoard of Ed1Endorse
Karla EsserBoard of Ed7Endorse

Ballot Measures

Policy Changes Pertaining to State Income TaxesBallot Measure - Initiative 271
Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance ProgramBallot Measure - Initiative 283