Never separate the life you live from the words you speak.
― Paul Wellstone
I believe politics shouldn’t be about winning, but about improving people’s lives and the world we live in. And that’s why I’ve dedicated my life to fighting for the public interest.
Concerned about our future and who was making decisions, I founded New Era Colorado. The organization was founded on the simple concept that democracy works better when more people show up. Ten years later, I’m extremely proud what New Era has accomplished alongside the hundreds of young leaders and community members that have been a part of this powerful organization. We’ve registered over 100,000 voters, passed election modernization bills such as online voter registration, and led the historic, grassroots Campaign for Local Power to create a local electric utility which invests in clean energy. New Era’s true legacy will be the hundreds of young leaders we’ve trained to be the future grassroots organizers, advocates, and political leaders of Colorado.
I am the product of hardworking parents that taught me the future belongs to those who are passionate and who work hard. From my father, a family physician, I learned what it means to devote one’s life to the service of others. From house calls to hospital visits to being perpetually “on call,” he has been a constant caretaker for others. It was my mother who taught me that improving people’s lives can also occur through political action. Growing up, I went door-to-door with her each year to canvass for progressive candidates. She taught me the power of voting and to fight for what I believe, always.
The future I wanted to fight for when founding New Era Colorado as a recent CU graduate is now the present and there is no doubt that we’re faced with the fierce urgency of now. Although my generation is the first to experience the impacts of climate change, it’s the last to be able to do anything about it. It’s time for bold action. Now is the time to be unapologetic in forcing carbon polluters to pay their fair share, aggressively increasing the renewable energy standard, and pioneering innovative low-carbon transportation solutions for a growing population.
As a passionate progressive, I fight not just to create a better planet, but also to improve the lives for all of us who inhabit it. The recession might be technically over, but middle class Coloradans and their families still cannot get ahead. The middle class is squeezed with higher education choices that are not affordable and little security for their future. Our state needs to invest deeper in public schools and higher education in order to stop the skyrocketing tuition increases that lead to our young people graduating with crippling student debt. As someone who has spent his entire life in the middle class, I know that the opportunity to create a better life for oneself is fundamental to building an economy that works for all of us. For my work as a student labor advocate in 2006, I was awarded the Speaking Truth to Power award from the AFL-CIO.
Boulder County is my home and I’m proud to be a part of this amazing community. My partner, Lindsay, a middle school teacher, and I are lucky to live in our little 600 square ft home in downtown Boulder. It’s been an honor to serve on the boards of directors for several nonprofits, on a Boulder Housing Working Group, and previously on the City of Boulder Capital Improvement Taskforce. I’m also a partner of a small business, Bread Bar, which is a bar in the historic town of Silver Plume, Colorado. When not working, I can often be found working in my backyard garden, biking some of the hundreds of miles of county backroads, drinking a beer at my favorite brewery, or sitting at the counter of a local coffee shop.