Small Business PAC Announces State Legislative Endorsements

Date: August 04, 2020

NFIB anchors backing in voting records, questionnaires, and interviews

DENVER, Aug. 4, 2020—The political action committee for Colorado’s leading small-business association today announced its endorsements for House and Senate seats in the Colorado General Assembly.

In all, 34 incumbents, challengers, and candidates running in open seats earned small businesses’ backing for their campaign. The endorsements were made by the NFIB Colorado PAC. The endorsement process is very strict, relying on the cumulative voting record of sitting legislators and candidate questionnaires of those running for first-time office, and in some cases requiring a candidate submit to an interview. Incumbent legislators must achieve a voting record of at least 70 percent to be eligible for an endorsement from the nation’s oldest and largest small and independent business association.

“The NFIB endorsements clearly indicate which legislators truly believe in and support small businesses and those who simply talk a good game,” said Colorado State Director Tony Gagliardi. “We do our best to work with both sides of the aisle and to support all legislators. Simply running an amendment or having a conversation with a lobbyist is not going to get one of our endorsements. I will give credit to Sen. Chris Hansen and Reps. Leslie Herod and Tracy Kraft-Tharp who were very open to working with NFIB on key amendments and issues however short they may have come up in their overall voting records. Our voting record is based entirely on results, often harsh but always fair.”

The following endorsements were made by the NFIB CO PAC:

Senate Dist.

Name

Seat

 

 

 

4

Jim Smallwood

Incumbent

8

Bob Rankin

Incumbent

10

Larry Liston

Open

12

Bob Gardner

Incumbent

23

Barbara Kirkmeyer

Open

25

Kevin Priola

Incumbent

27

Suzanne Staiert

Open

31

Doug Townsend

Challenge

35

Cleave Simpson

Open

 

House Dist.

Name

Seat

 

 

 

14

Shane Sandridge

Incumbent

15

Dave Williams

Incumbent

16

Andres Pico

Open

19

Tim Geitner

Incumbent

20

Terri Carver

Incumbent

22

Colin Larson

Incumbent

25

Donald Rosier

Challenge

27

Vicki Pyne

Challenge

32

Tony Caputo

Challenge

38

Richard Champion

Incumbent

39

Mark Baisley

Incumbent

43

Kevin Van Winkle

Incumbent

44

Kim Ransom

Incumbent

45

Patrick Neville

Incumbent

48

Tony Van Beber

Open

51

Hugh McKean

Incumbent

54

Matt Soper

Incumbent

55

Janice Rich

Incumbent

56

Rob Bockenfeld

Incumbent

57

Perry Will

Incumbent

58

Marc Catlin

Incumbent

60

Ron Hanks

Open

63

Dan Woog

Open

64

Richard Holtof

Incumbent

65

Rod Pelton

Incumbent

Keep up with the latest Colorado small-business news at www.nfib.com/colorado or by following NFIB on Twitter @NFIB_CO or on Facebook @NFIB.CO

Contact: Tony Gagliardi, Colorado State Director, 303-325-6243, [email protected],
or Tony Malandra, Senior Media Manager, 415-640-5156, [email protected]

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For more than 77 years, NFIB has been advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners, both in Washington, D.C., and in all 50 state capitals. NFIB is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, and member-driven association. Since its founding in 1943, NFIB has been exclusively dedicated to small and independent businesses and remains so today. For more information, please visit nfib.com.

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Denver, CO 80203
303-860-1778
www.nfib.com/colorado
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