Primary election 2018

Q&A with Doug Robinson, Republican candidate for governor


City or town of residence and how long lived there: Englewood, 22 years

Profession: Entrepreneur, co-founder of leading corporate-finance adviser sold to KPMG

Related elected-office or public-service experience: Founder of (nonprofits) SMART Colorado and KidsTek.

Why are you seeking this office?

I'm running to get things done. Colorado has been drifting — we have leaders who are more concerned with their political careers than the people of Colorado. I want to make Colorado the best place to live, work and raise a family.

What makes you the most qualified person for the position?

I'm the only candidate in the race who's never held elected office, but I've accomplished more from outside the system than any of my opponents have accomplished from within. I'm a pragmatic conservative who can get things done. I've done it throughout my career, whether that's my work with SMART Colorado, where I successfully worked to pass over 15 pieces of legislation, or with KidsTek, where we have taught more than 15,000 kids technology skills. I've retired — I'm not looking for a political stepping stone. I want to get in and get things done.

What would your top two priorities be if elected?

First, we need to fix our transportation infrastructure. We've been neglecting our roads for the last 12 years, and we need to act quickly. It's more than a cosmetic issue — it's an issue of safety and an issue of commerce.  Second, we need to improve our education system. If we're going to continue to grow Colorado's economy, we need to ensure our kids are trained for the jobs of the future. I would incentivize our districts to move money from administration to the classroom where it makes a bigger difference in kids' lives.

What else should the voters know about you?

I'm the tallest guy in the race and the best skier of all the candidates.   Seriously, I am the father of five children and have been married to the same woman for 30 years. We love Colorado and are concerned for its future.


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