Primary election 2018

Q&A with Jared Polis, Democratic candidate for governor

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City or town of residence: Boulder native; lived there most of my life.

Profession: Entrepreneur, florist and public servant. Founder of ProFlowers.com, TechStars, Patriot Boot Camp, American Information Systems, Bluemountain.com.

Related elected-office or public-service experience: U.S. congressman, former chair of the Colorado State Board of Education, founder of the New America School and the Academy of Urban Learning.

Why are you seeking this office?

With the federal government moving in the wrong direction, it's up to the states to lead. Right here in Colorado, we can move forward with a bold vision to build a great public education system, unleash our state's renewable energy potential and build an economy that works for everyone.

What makes you the most qualified person for the position?

I've successfully worked across the aisle to solve problems for Colorado and accomplish progressive goals during my time in Congress. That's the type of leadership Coloradans can expect from me as their governor. I led the way in rewriting No Child Left Behind to better serve our schools and our children and got results in building affordable workforce housing for my constituents. And I was proud to work alongside President Barack Obama toward passage of the Affordable Care Act, which expanded health care for hundreds of thousands of Coloradans.

What would your top two priorities be if elected?

I'm running on a bold vision of bringing free full-day universal preschool and kindergarten to every Colorado child, making Colorado 100 percent powered by renewable energy and providing universal, affordable health care to every Coloradan.

What else should the voters know about you?

I'm the dad of two amazing kids, I started schools for new immigrants and homeless youth, and I'm the only former florist currently serving in Congress!

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