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
Carrie Warren-GullyArapahoe County Commissioner District 1
Idris KeithArapahoe County Commissioner District 3
Bill HolenArapahoe County Commissioner District 5
Lisa Neal-GravesDouglas County Commissioner District 2
Darien WilsonDouglas County Commissioner District 3
Tracy Kraft-TharpJefferson County Commissioner District 1
Andy KerrJefferson County Commissioner District 2
Alexis KingDistrict Attorney, Judicial District 1
Brian MasonDistrict Attorney, Judicial District 17
Amy PaddenDistrict Attorney, Judicial District 18


2020 DALF ENDORSED Municipal Ballot Questions

Climate Change and Resiliancy;
0.25% Sales Tax Increase
Denver
Services for Persons Experiencing or Having Exited Homelessness;
0.25% Sales Tax Increase
Denver
City Council to Approve Mayoral AppointmentsDenver
City Council May Procure Professional ServicesDenver

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

The Colorado AFL-CIO is the state federation made up of 185 labor unions with more than 180,000 union members and working families in both the public and private sectors. Our mission is to help more families enjoy the positive and transformative benefits of a union on the job, to educate our members and the working public about the importance of good jobs, and to stand together for justice, dignity and equality in every aspect of life in our communities, Colorado and our nation. We are proud to make the following endorsements for the 2020 Election. 

President

Joe Biden

 

United States Senate

John Hickenlooper

 

United States Congress

Diana DeGette

U.S. House

1

Joe Neguse

U.S. House

2

Diane Mitsch Bush

U.S. House

3

Ike McCorkle

U.S. House

4

Jillian Freeland

U.S. House

5

Jason Crow

U.S. House

6

Ed Perlmutter

U.S. House

7

 

Colorado State Senate

Elissa Flaumenhaft

State Senate

4

Karl Hanlon

State Senate

8

Randi McCallian

State Senate

10

Joann Ginal

State Senate

14

Sonya Jaquez Lewis

State Senate

17

Steve Fenberg

State Senate

18

Rachel Zenzinger

State Senate

19

Dominick Moreno

State Senate

21

Sally Boccella 

State Senate 

23

Paula Jane Dickerson

State Senate

25

Jeff Bridges

State Senate

26

Chris Kolker

State Senate

27

Janet P. Buckner

State Senate

28

James Coleman

State Senate

33

Rhonda Fields

State Senate

29

 

Colorado State House

Meg Froelich

State House

3

Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez

State House

4

Steven Woodrow

State House

6

Jennifer Bacon

State House

7

Emily Sirota

State House

9

Edie Hooton

State House

10

Karen McCormick

State House

11

Tracey Bernett

State House

12

Judy Amabile

State House

13

Stephanie Vigil

State House

16

Tony Exum

State House

17

Marc Snyder

State House

18

Meg Fossinger

State House

20

Liz Rosenbaum

State House

21

Mary Parker

State House

22

Chris Kennedy

State House

23

Monica Duran

State House

24

Lisa Cutter

State House

25

Dylan Roberts

State House

26

Brianna Titone

State House

27

Kerry Tipper

State House

28

Lindsey Daugherty

State House

29

Dafna Michaelson Jenet

State House

30

Yadira Caraveo

State House

31

Kyle Mullica

State House

34

Matt Gray

State House

33

Shannon Bird

State House

35

Mike Weissman

State House

36

Tom Sullivan

State House

37

David Ortiz

State House

38

Naquetta Ricks 

State House

40

Iman Jodeh

State House

41

Dominique Jackson

State House

42

Jennifer Mitkowski

State House

43

Daneya Esgar

State House

46

Bri Buentello

State House

47

Holly Herson

State House

48

Mary Young

State House

50

Cathy Kipp

State House

52

Barbara McLachlin

State House

59

Julie McCluskie

State House

61

Donald Valdez

State House

62

CU Regent

Callie Rennison

CU Regent

2

Ilana Spiegel 

CU Regent

6

 

Colorado State School Board

Lisa Escárcega

Board of Ed

1

Karla Esser

Board of Ed

7

 

Statewide Ballot Measures

Policy Changes Pertaining to State Income Taxes

Ballot Measure - Initiative 271

Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program

Ballot Measure - Initiative 283

Repeal of the Gallagher Amendment

Amendment B

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