Primary election 2018

Q&A with Levi Tillemann, Democratic candidate for Congressional District 6

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City or town of residence: I live in Aurora and grew up in northwest Denver.

Profession: Clean-energy entrepreneur.

Related elected-office or public-service experience: I served as President Obama's special adviser for policy and international affairs at the Department of Energy.

Why are you seeking this office?

Washington is broken. Big money and partisanship has corrupted our political system and are polarizing our nation. I've spent my life fighting for positive change. As a clean-energy entrepreneur, alum of the Obama administration and native Coloradan, I'm committed to getting America back on track.

What makes you the most qualified person for the position?

I will fight for students, workers and families. That's because I grew up in a working-class Latino community with 10 siblings. I'm a champion for education and was fortunate to study at Regis College, Yale University and Johns Hopkins University. I'm also an entrepreneur — I founded two technology companies and understand the real economy. As an adviser to the Obama Energy Department, I established myself as an expert on innovation. I have authored and co-authored multiple books including “The Great Race: The Global Quest for the Car of the Future.” I speak Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and Portuguese.

What would your top two priorities be if elected?

I personally knocked thousands of doors across the district. My priorities are the priorities of the people of this district — not pollsters and Washington insiders. Coloradans want Medicare for all, 100 percent renewable energy by 2035 and tuition-free education for middle-class families at public universities. I'm the only candidate who supports any of these policies. They want common-sense gun-safety laws and someone who will battle corruption in Washington. I am the only candidate who has a proven track record of standing up to Washington insiders — and I am the only candidate rejecting money from special-interest PACs (political-action committees).

What else should the voters know about you?

I will fight fearlessly for my constituents, be straightforward and honest with constituents, listen to constituents and admit when I'm wrong, and reach across the aisle and work with Republicans on the basis of shared American values — not corporate interests.

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