A forward-looking leader dedicated to expanding opportunity for all Coloradans
Cary Kennedy is running for governor of Colorado, the state where she grew up, raised her family, and dedicated her career to serving. Cary’s mother, a social worker, served hundreds of Denver’s most vulnerable children and families, and taught Cary the importance of supporting the members of their community in times of need. Raised with three brothers and sisters who joined her family through the foster care program and a sister who joined her family through a faith-based organization, Cary saw the power of giving children the opportunity to succeed — inspiring her exceptional career of service. Cary is dedicated to leading Colorado forward and ensuring that all its working families have a fair shot, all its students have the opportunity to thrive, and that its unique and precious natural resources continue to enrich the lives of all Coloradans for generations to come. As Colorado state treasurer and then as Denver’s deputy mayor and chief financial officer, Cary has fought to make Coloradans’ government effective, efficient, and transparent — always putting working families first. As governor, she will lead Colorado’s government to be as resourceful as its people. The Denver Post has called Cary “one of the best and brightest in the policy world,” and as governor she will tackle Colorado’s toughest problems with the innovative policy solutions she’s known for creating. Cary lives in Denver with her husband and two children, and works tirelessly to expand opportunity for all in Colorado, the state she loves and is proud to call home.
A progressive champion for Colorado’s working families
Throughout Cary’s outstanding career of service, she has always put Colorado’s working families first. As state treasurer, she ended risky Wall Street investments before the Great Recession. During the worst economy in more than 50 years, she successfully managed Colorado’s $6 billion in assets — fighting on behalf of taxpayers to ensure that Colorado’s investments in its future continued to grow at a time when many other states lost money and saw their credit ratings decline. Cary has made Colorado’s government more transparent and accountable to the people it serves, launching the Colorado Tax Tracks website, and she served on the Colorado Economic Recovery Accountability Board, working to ensure that Colorado emerged from the recession stronger than ever. Under Cary’s leadership, Denver was recognized as one of the best financially run cities and the best city in the country to do business. As governor, she will lead Colorado forward and expand economic opportunity for all working families. Cary is a fierce champion for all Colorado students, and led the effort to repair and replace aging school buildings throughout Colorado with no new or increased state taxes — and she fought to protect education funding from dangerous attempts to divert it from schools. As a hiker who, like so many Coloradans, loves having the Rocky Mountains for a backyard, Cary is committed to protecting the environment that attracts so many new residents and visitors while ensuring the state’s economy gives everyone the opportunity to thrive. Under her leadership, Colorado will continue to innovate and show the world what it is to build a renewable energy economy. Cary has built regional partnerships and promoted collaborative problem-solving throughout her career, and as governor, she will continue to bring people together to ensure that every Coloradan can benefit from the state’s progress.
An historic opportunity to move a swing state forward
Colorado is a true swing state whose Democratic governor is term-limited, leaving an open seat that has already attracted a crowded field of both Democrats and Republicans. Cary is sure to face a highly competitive primary election before she can go on to the general, and with our support she has what it takes to fight all the way and win for Colorado’s working families. Deep-pocketed special interests are sure to back the Republican nominee in this high-stakes race: The winner in 2018 will have an outsize influence on the next round of redistricting, the once-a-decade process of state redrawing the boundaries of statehouse and congressional seats. Colorado is a top priority for EMILY’s List, and we are proud to have supported Cary for over a decade. Colorado has never before elected a woman governor, and Cary is poised to make history as the first. Women remain underrepresented in these powerful executive leadership positions, and as governor Cary will be able to make a tremendous positive impact in the lives of women and families. As Donald Trump and his allies advance a dangerous agenda in Washington, putting all of our communities at risk, Cary will fight back to protect all Coloradans and to keep the state moving forward. The GOP will fight for this governorship with all they’ve got, so let’s show Cary the full support of the EMILY’s List community in this must-win fight for working families.