Monday, June 12, 2017

Jared Polis announces gubernatorial run amid the oranges

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click to enlarge Rep. Jared Polis meets with well-wishers at a grocery store on Monday during a swing through Colorado Springs to announce his run for governor. - PAM ZUBECK
  • Pam Zubeck
  • Rep. Jared Polis meets with well-wishers at a grocery store on Monday during a swing through Colorado Springs to announce his run for governor.
Jared Polis, Democratic congressman from Colorado, took a swing along the Front Range Monday to promote his candidacy for governor.

Polis stopped in Colorado Springs at the Save A Lot grocery at 3333 N. Academy Blvd. where media set up in the entry way of the store and Polis talked about the crucial role El Paso County will play in the next election.

Surrounded by produce, Polis told the Independent he is supportive of Amendment 64, which legalized recreational marijuana, and wants to regulate it like alcohol.

"We should continue our leadership role with all the jobs it's created," he said.

Addressing Republicans' efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Polis said he's trying to defend the ACA, because, "It's important we don't allow 20 million Americans to lose health care."

As governor, he said he would look for ways to reduce health care costs to increase access, supports a national single-payer health care system, and is open to looking at that type of proposal at the state level.

Other stops on his current trek included Pueblo, Denver and Boulder.

Polis joins a crowded field of candidates seeking to succeed Democrat John Hickenlooper, who’s barred by term limits from seeking a third term.

Democrats include Rep. Ed Perlmutter, former state Sen. Mike Johnston, former state Treasurer Cary Kennedy and businessman Noel Ginsburg.

Republicans include Mitt Romney’s nephew Doug Robinson, George Brauchler, the prosecutor in the Aurora theater shooting case, and former state legislator Victor Mitchell.

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