The 2014 biennial election is under way with candidates making early announcements about their intentions for this year’s races.
State Rep. Sue Schafer (D) announced in mid-January she would not be seeking a fourth term. Newcomer Jessie Danielson, also a democrat from Wheat Ridge, released her intent to run for state legislature in the hopes to fill Schafer’s seat.
A graduate of CU-Boulder, Danielson is a third generation resident of Wheat Ridge. She is currently the state director for American Votes, an advocacy group dedicated to voter’s rights and progressive politics.
Danielson was influential in the passing of the ground-breaking Voter Access and Modernized Elections Act of 2013 which included provisions to allow for easy voting and registration such as Election Day voter registration and mail ballots.
She has also worked as a grassroots organizer for NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado and plans to take an active stance for the protection of women’s rights, small businesses, jobs and public schools.
“Small businesses are the engine driving Colorado’s economic recovery. Thriving local businesses lead to stronger communities and attract good-paying primary jobs,” Danielson said in an email to the Transcript. “We need to provide small businesses with the technology and skills training they need to grow their businesses and help provide economic security for business owners and employees,” she said.
“Businesses want to move to great communities with an excellent quality and life and good school systems. That is why adequate K-12 school funding and a strong local quality of life are critical to small business development in HD-24’s communities.”
Republican candidate Wayne W. Williams, El Paso county clerk, tossed his hat in the ring for Secretary of State with democratic opponent Joe Neguse, University of Colorado Regent from the 2ndcongressional district. It remains to be seen if Jeffco’s own clerk and recorder Pam Anderson will join the race.
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