Colorado Lt. Governor and Chief Operating Officer Donna Lynne formally announces bid for Governor

Colorado Lt. Governor and Chief Operating Officer Donna Lynne formally announces bid for Governor

DENVER – With a promise to “Keep Colorado Climbing,” Donna Lynne formally announced today she is entering the Democratic gubernatorial field.

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“As the State’s Lieutenant Governor and Chief Operating Officer I work every day on behalf of all Coloradans, making sure we are delivering on our promises and overseeing the day to day operations of State government. I believe working to make government more accountable and transparent, especially in today’s supercharged political environment, is essential. In traveling to all 64 counties, I have heard first hand what Coloradans want from their elected officials, and understand what the state needs in our next governor,” said Lynne, who has served in her current position since May of 2016. “These experiences, as well as a life long commitment to service, have strongly influenced my decision to run.”

“Colorado has made a lot of progress under Governor John Hickenlooper, but there’s more to be done. Many of the challenges we face are tough and complicated. But, that doesn’t scare me, because I’ve been doing tough and complicated my whole life.”

With her husband, Jim Brown, supporters, and friends by her side, Lynne pointed out that her family motto has always been, “You can, and you will.”

The mantra served as inspiration when she worked as a waitress to put herself through college in three and a half years; as a single, divorced mother of three children who obtained two advanced degrees while working full time; and as an avid explorer of Colorado’s highest peaks.

Lynne, 63, has spent more than half of her career in the public sector. In the private sector, she worked as an executive providing affordable health care to millions of Americans. That background — as the candidate who has managed large budgets and tens of thousands of employees — is a differentiator.

She pointed out that under Gov. Hickenlooper, Colorado has the country’s top-ranked economy, but more must be done to increase wages and bring health care costs under control.

“Infrastructure is the key to keeping the economy growing, too,” Lynne said.” Our roads, our water, and broadband access must be improved.”

“Together, Governor Hickenlooper and I have fought to save the Affordable Care Act,” she said. “It’s not perfect, but we shouldn’t ignore its successes: especially in Colorado. The ACA has allowed the number of uninsured Coloradans to be cut in half and more than half a million Coloradans received coverage through the Affordable Care Act.”

Lynne made her announcement at Denver’s Spring Cafe, which employs refugees and provides training programs to prepare them for customer-service jobs. That backdrop served as a counter to what’s coming out of the Trump administration.

“What we are seeing today is absolutely reminiscent of what we saw back in the 1960’s: racism, sexism, disregard for the environment, and disregard for women’s rights,” she said. “Just look at the President’s cruel action to repeal DACA. We are here in a small business that understands the value that immigrants have in this country. We have to stand together for the values we share, and refuse to lose the progress we’ve made together.”

As the state’s Lt. Governor and Chief Operating Officer, Lynne has launched key initiatives to increase accountability and transparency in government and to make government services more efficient and effective. And she brought renewed attention to education for all Coloradans.

“The state needs a leader with the vision, the experience, and the tenacity to keep Colorado strong for years to come. A state where every Coloradan has a good job, where they can get the health care they need, and where our environment and great outdoors are protected for all,” she said. “We can achieve this vision if we face up to the tough and complicated challenges we have in front of us. We must Keep Colorado Climbing.”

An avid outdoor enthusiast, Lynne has climbed all of Colorado’s 14ers, has skied at 29 of Colorado’s 30 ski areas, and has participated in various bike rides throughout the state including Ride The Rockies and Pedal The Plains. The mother of three adult children, she lives in Denver with her husband Jim Brown, who has two adult children.

Lynne said she will make bringing all areas of Colorado together one of the focal points of her campaign.

“There’s a clear divide in this state between growing metropolitan areas and rural areas. That affects us all. We’re better than that, wherever we live. And for those of us living in urban Colorado, let’s not forget where our food comes from, the source of our water, and the economic power of Colorado as an outdoor destination.”

Following today’s announcement, Lynne will hit the campaign trail with stops in eight communities across Colorado:

Thursday, September 7
10:30 a.m. — Café Vino: 1200 S College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524

Friday, September 8
10 a.m. — Poor Richards: 320 N. Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
1 p.m. — The Gold Dust Saloon: 217 S Union Ave, Pueblo, CO 81003
3:30 p.m. — Soulcraft Brewing: 248 W. Rainbow Blvd, Salida, CO 81201

Saturday, September 9
9 a.m. — The Bookworm of Edwards: 295 Main Street, Edwards, CO 81632
1:30 p.m. —Kiln Coffee Bar: 326 Main Street, Grand Junction, CO 81501
6 p.m. La Plata County Democrat Office: 1911 Main Ave, Space 1, Durango, CO 81301

Sunday, September 10
11a.m. Milagros Coffee House: 529 Main St, Alamosa, CO 81101

Colorado UP!

Some governors have a black-tie gala with foie gras and filet mignon, where attendees wear tuxes and ball gowns, but not John Hickenlooper. For his second inaugural celebration, Governor John Hickenlooper did things a little different. Following a jam-packed day including the swearing-in ceremony, a breakfast with young scholars, and more, Hickenlooper combined his love of music, craft beer, and a good party for the final event of the night. He brought in and played with some of Colorado’s best musical acts for an inaugural concert at the Ogden Theater.

Before breaking out his banjo skills with The String Cheese Incident, Gov. Hickenlooper commented on the brewing-themed Western snap-button shirt he had picked out for the occasion, saying “I hope people can see the hops.”

Photos by OnSight staff.

Colorado Up!

While governors past have enjoyed black-tie, ballroom inaugural celebrations, recently re-elected Governor John Hickenlooper likes to do things a little differently.

As the Denver Post notes:

The plans for Gov. John Hickenlooper’s second inauguration are beginning to take shape and it will remain as unconventional as his first four years ago.

The Democrat’s swearing in ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Jan. 13 on the Capitol steps, followed by a cocktail hour, dinner and concert at downtown Denver music venues.

The theme for the festivities mirrors his campaign slogan: “Colorado Up.”

The main event is the inaugural concert at the Ogden Theatre — combining Hickenlooper’s love for music, craft beer and a big party. The event features Colorado bands Nathaniel Rateliff, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, String Cheese Incident and the Lumineers. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets cost $75. The tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday through the inaugural site at

Tickets for all the festivities are available at

Wipe off that mud

John Hickenlooper’s opponents and their allies are going to try to track mud all over Colorado by slinging misinformation and false claims at John and his campaign.

That’s why Hickenlooper for Colorado created a place where people can find accurate information about John’s record and Colorado’s accomplishments over the past four years.

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Step into The Mudroom and wipe off that negativity. Then be sure to sign up to be a member of Hick’s “Mudroom rapid response team.” The campaign send you updates whenever there is an attack so you can help them get the truth out.

It’s called The Mudroom, and it’s a great place to wipe off the mud and negativity you see on TV. It’s also a whole lot easier than taking a shower every time you see an attack ad.

This mudroom doesn’t have a sink or a rug. What it does have are the facts and a great team of people like you to help Hickenlooper for Colorado spread the word. And that’s especially important when you don’t run negative ads, like Hick’s campaign.

Rise and Shine

The Hickenlooper for Colorado 2014 campaign is up and running! We worked with our friends at Putnam Partners to create a fun new video showing off John Hickenlooper and Joe Garcia’s campaign workout routine as they get ready for 2014.  It was first screened to cheers and laughter at the Democratic Party Assembly on Saturday. From cycling around the state, to meeting thousands of Coloradans, and not to mention answering countless phone calls, all of Team Hickenlooper is busy getting ready for the campaign!

Lynn Bartels mentioned the video in a post on The Spot, and with hundreds of views on YouTube and dozens of shares on Facebook, the video is already launching the campaign into the spotlight with its characteristic positivity, energy, and self-deprecating charm.