Endorsements 2020

Joe Neguse, United States Congressman

“I am so excited to endorse her re-election and do everything I can to make sure she is re-elected and sent back to the Colorado house for another term. She has been such an incredible leader over the course of her service in the Colorado Legislature, and in the last few months in particular, as we’ve experienced the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Having Dafna on the health committee has made a huge difference, not just for Adams County, but for our entire state. She has been a champion in expanding access for mental health care, especially for kids and teenagers. And above all else, she has a servant’s heart. I know she will do her best each and every day to serve Adams County if given the chance to do so this November. I hope you will join me in supporting Dafna this fall.”

Michael Bennet, United States Senator

Ethan J.S.H. Reed

“I am proud to formally endorse Michaelson-Jenet for her re-election campaign. I am proud to have worked alongside her as a high schooler on focusing on youth issues with her, and I believe she’s one of the best lawmakers in the world that truly has a grip on issues that pertain to youth. She is amazing in all ways possible, and I am so glad to have known her, because she is just an amazing person and legislator. She puts her heart and soul into her work as a lawmaker, and that is why I am officially endorsing her for her re-election.”

Colorado Education Association

“Rep. Michaelson Jenet, on behalf of CEA President Amie Baca-Oehlert and our 39,000 members, we are pleased to announce our endorsement of you in your HD 30 race this year. We appreciate you going through our process and engaging with members who provide a fundamental and critical service of educating more than 900,000 students across Colorado. As you face difficult budget decisions in the days ahead, please remember that any recovery starts with a strong education system led by educators.”

Colorado Ceasefire

“After reviewing your voting record and questionnaire responses (if provided), we at Colorado Ceasefire PAC and Small Donor Committee have chosen to endorse you for your reelection to HD30. We are especially grateful to you for your support of the historic Extreme Risk Protection Orders law in 2019. Unfortunately, our planned legislation for this year was upended by the coronavirus, but we are fully expecting to be back next year addressing the epidemic of gun violence. Your assistance in getting that legislation onto the Governor’s desk is crucial.”

Brady United

“We are excited to include Dafna Michaelson Jenet in our first round of endorsements. Last year, Colorado’s legislature took decisive action when it passed the Centennial State’s Extreme Risk law. This policy ensures that law enforcement and loved ones have a legal pathway to ensure that individuals who are a proven risk to themselves or others are temporarily prohibited from possessing firearms. Coloradans have the opportunity to build on that progress and keep Colorado families and communities safe. This change can’t happen in a silo. It requires that leaders be willing to stand up and speak out in support of lifesaving evidence-based gun violence prevention policies. Brady is proud to stand with these candidates who have all demonstrated that they will act to keep Colorado safe from gun violence. We need their leadership in order to protect future generations from the scourge of gun violence and Brady looks forward to working with them to make Colorado a safer place for all to live.”

Dylan Roberts, State Representative

“There is no better fighter for Colorado’s youth and for increasing access to mental health services than Dafna. It is a privilege to serve with her in the legislature and I strongly endorse her campaign to return to the State House.”

AFSCME, Council 18

“As people in public service, we know what a difference it makes when we elect leaders who have our backs. We deserve leaders who respect our work and that is why we support pro-worker and pro-public service candidates and issues up and down the ballot.”

Lori Goldstein, Director, Adams 12 Five Star Schools Board of Education

“I whole-heartily endorse Dafna Michaelson Jenet for House District 30 because I appreciate all her hard work on things that really matter to our students we serve. Her legislation on Holocaust Curriculum, which I testified on, ensures we will never forget the horrors of genocide. Her advocacy for mental health, as well as physical health in our youth in a time where teen suicide is rising, shows her empathy for some of our society’s greatest needs. She values the interests of our community and conscientiously represents those interests.”

Julie McCluskie, State Representative

“Rep. Michaelson-Jenet is a powerhouse. She works hard to expand behavioral and mental health care services for students and families, and is a champion for our public schools. I know she will continue to represent the people of Colorado with heart and integrity!”

Dominick Moreno, State Senator

“Dafna is a friend and one of the most passionate advocates I’ve seen at the Capitol. The needs of our community and our most vulnerable residents is always who she’s fighting for.”

Jill Fricker, Non-profit executive

“I support Representative Michaelson Jenet. She has experience and a proven track record working for Coloradans. Rep. MJ engages with constituents and community organizations to find solutions. MJ sponsored critical legislation that passed to expand health insurance coverage for preventive breast cancer screening. She understood that out of pocket costs to obtain follow up could deter someone from learning if they have breast cancer. This legislation has been recognized by national policy experts as a model for other states.”

Janet Buckner, State Representative

“Dafna is a knowledgeable and compassionate legislator who listens to her constituents and always makes decisions with their best interests in mind. Among her many accomplishments in the legislature, she has fought for children, school safety, and better access to health care. She is the right choice for HD 30 and I’m proud to endorse her campaign.”

Jared Polis, Governor of Colorado

“Dafna has been a champion for the citizens of Adams County and the State of Colorado. She has never backed down from a fight, and has stood tough on the issues that matter most to her constituents. I have had the privilege of working closely with Representative Michaelson Jenet on many issues, and have witnessed her passion for her constituents and her work first hand, and we need her passion at the state Capitol for another term.”

Cobalt, (Formerly Naral)

Dear Rep. Michaelson Jenet, We would like to thank you for participating in our endorsement process, and we are thrilled to notify you that the Cobalt’s Small Donor Committee has endorsed your bid for Colorado State Representative – 30. One of our primary goals is to develop and sustain a constituency that uses the political process to protect and, more importantly, advance abortion rights because nothing should stand between you and your health decisions. As we continue to see unprecedented, coordinated attacks on abortion and reproductive rights across the country – and with Colorado serving as a beacon of access in our eleven state region – it’s imperative to elect the strongest advocates to our state legislature. We will be working hard between now and the November 3, 2020 General Election to turn out pro-choice voters. In addition to voter education and turnout, we hope to serve as a resource for your campaign. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if we can be helpful. Thank you for your demonstrated commitment to protecting and advancing access to abortion by becoming a Cobalt Advocate. We look forward to working with you and celebrating your victory November 3! In Solidarity, Selina Najar Political Director

Human Rights Campaign

Decades of advocacy and hard work by One Colorado, LGBTQ rights advocates and elected leaders have made Colorado a national leader on LGBTQ equality. Today’s endorsement of 12 candidates for the Colorado State Legislature mark the next step of our efforts to support continued progress and elect as many pro-equality allies as possible to ensure all LGBTQ Coloradans have full legal equality. “With LGBTQ protections under threat by the Trump administration and in state houses across the country, now is not the time to let up,” said HRC Deputy Campaigns Director Hope Jackson. “We need to ensure the Colorado General Assembly remains a friend to the LGBTQ community and a national leader in advancing equality. Between now and November, we are laser focused on mobilizing the 200,000 LGBTQ Coloradans and 1.4 million Equality Voters throughout the state to ensure these and other pro-equality candidates up and down the ballot are elected.”

Mike Weissman, Representative HD36

“Dafna Michaelson Jenet is one of the most caring, compassionate people in the state legislature. When she fights for things like better mental health services in our state it’s not academic – it’s based on her own family’s experiences. So Dafna deeply understands what lack of care means for other families too. She’s not afraid to take on tough issues, and I hope voters of House District 30 will send her back to the capitol to keep working for Colorado!”

Planned Parenthood

NASW-Colorado

“National Association of Social Workers, Colorado Chapter On behalf of the hundreds of members in the Colorado Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW-CO), our political action committee (PACE-Political Action for Candidate Election) is pleased to endorse your candidacy. The political action committee is impressed by your commitment to the well-being of individuals, families, and communities. To advance our legislative priorities on behalf of social workers and the communities we serve, we are eager to work with you to promote mental/behavioral health access and workforce issues; wellness, prevention and early intervention; and human rights. We hope that you will count on social workers as experts on a range of social policy issues. You can count on us to highlight our NASW- CO endorsement of your campaign in your District and throughout Colorado to our hundreds of Members. Please list our organization as the National Association of Social Workers, Colorado Chapter in campaign materials listing endorsements. We look forward to working with you. If you have any questions, please contact Heather McLaughlin, Executive Director of NASW-CO, at hmclaughlin.naswco@socialworkers.org or 303-753-8890. Sincerely, Stephanie Brinks Stephanie Brinks, MSW, LSW Chair, Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE) Committee .”

IBEW

“Congratulations, I am happy to announce the Colorado State Conference of Electrical Workers has endorsed your campaign. I attached the IBEW bug which you can use, it’s not the one attached to my email signature it’s the attachment above. All I need now is your campaign’s name and address and your Committee ID Number, please respond with that information to this email. I appreciate your patience with the process, sorry this took so long but we have all been extremely busy, we should hopefully get any donations sent out next week. Have a nice weekend and good luck in November. Rich Meisinger Business Manager/Financial Secretary IBEW Local 111”

SW Regional Council of Carpenters

“Congratulations on receiving the endorsement of the 50,000 members Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters for your election. The Southwest Carpenters support candidates who are committed to working for the betterment of our members and other workers in the construction trades and across Colorado. This creates a better quality of life for the entire community.”

COLOR Action Fund

“Our campaign has earned the endorsement of the @COLOR Action Fund Small Donor Committee, which endorses Reproductive Justice candidates for the State Legislature. Going beyond the right to access abortion care, Reproductive Justice recognizes the right to have a child, the right not to have a child, the right to parent the children we have with dignity. As well as the right to control our birthing options, the right to choose our sexual partners, and the right to control our own gender. I will be proud to stand for RJ values in the #COLeg and alongside organizations like COLOR.”

Moms Demand Action

“Congratulations on receiving the Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate distinction and thank you again for standing with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, the grassroots volunteer network of Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund.”

Way to Lead

“Congratulations! After reviewing your endorsement application and learning more about your candidacy and values, the advisory committee of Way to Lead PAC is thrilled to have decided to endorse your candidacy in HD-30. Way to Lead is a Hybrid PAC that supports federal candidates as well as independent expenditures, with 10 affiliated PACs in key states to support independent political PACs and down-ballot candidates who are building a more reflective democracy and advancing a multi-racial populist agenda that improves gender equality and the sustainability of our planet. Your candidacy was lifted up to Way to Lead by partner powerbuilding organizations instate, who we look to as our bosses and reference checks. Your commitment to justice and Way to Lead’s core values make you an ideal candidate for our endorsement. In addition to this endorsement, we will be in touch about sending a contribution from Way to Lead PAC to your campaign. If there is a better point of contact to be in touch with about this, please add them to this email chain.”

Endorsements Prior Years

Barack Obama

44th President of The United States

Michael Bennet

United States Senator

Mary Hodge

Former Senator

Joseph Salazar

Representative House District 31
Representative House District 35

Faith Winter

Representative House District 35
Representative House District 9

Paul Rosenthal

Representative House District 9

Joyce Foster

Former Senator

Chaz Tedesco

Adams County Commissioner

Emma Pinter

Westminster City Council

Shannon Bird

Westminster City Council

Anita Seitz

Westminster City Council

Maria De Cambra

Westminster City Council

Paolo Diaz

Commerce City Council – Ward IV

Crystal Elliot

Commerce City, City Councilwoman At-Large

Mark Ferrandino

Former Speaker of the House

Jenise May

Former Representative HD30

Karen Middleton

Former Representative HD42

Harvey Lovato

Retired Co. Dept. of Transportation

Eric Busch

HD30 Precinct Co-Captain

Candice Ferguson

Friend

Regina Topelson

Friend

Samantha Kelly

Friend

Robin Wandschneider

Friend / Neighbor

Edie Cooper

Friend