Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Pete Lee has plenty of support for Senate run

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 1:55 PM

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Term-limited state Rep. Pete Lee, D-Colorado Springs, recently announced that he will run for the state Senate District 11 seat being vacated by Sen. Michael Merrifield in 2018.

Lee is a popular Democratic legislator, who has focused on business and criminal justice issues. I wrote about his latter passion here.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Lee is already piling up the endorsements, as he details in the following release:

Rep. Pete Lee Announces Broad
Bi-Partisan Support for Senate Run

Colorado Springs — Representative Pete Lee, a former small business owner, corporate executive and justice reform advocate is running for the State Senate in Colorado Springs. He has seen an outpouring of bipartisan support in just his first week campaigning. Elected officials from both parties, as well as unaffiliated voters are supporting Lee. City Council President Richard Skorman, City Councilors Jill Gaebler and Yolanda Avila, as well as HD 17 State Representative Tony Exum all endorse Representative Lee.

Senate District 11 incumbent, Michael Merrifield said, “I wholeheartedly support Pete Lee’s candidacy for Senate District 11. Having worked with Pete for over 10 years, I know he is a hardworking and effective legislator who will passionately and conscientiously represent the people of our community. I am most proud of our joint sponsorship of the Justice Reinvestment Crime Prevention bill, HB17-1326, which will significantly impact SD-11. I urge all of my constituents to support Pete as my successor in Senate District 11.”

City Councilor Jill Gaebler, in endorsing Lee’s candidacy, said, “ I am supporting Pete Lee for State Senate because he understands local issues and consistently works across party lines for the benefit of the entire community.”

Representative Lee, a forty two year resident of Colorado Springs, has spent his career finding common-sense bipartisan solutions that improve the lives of his constituents, and that’s why folks from across the political spectrum have enthusiastically announced their support for his campaign.

Pete has successfully sponsored scores of bills during his time in the State House, but knows there is a lot more work to be done and thus is looking forward to continuing that work on behalf of his constituents as a State Senator.

Many other community and business leaders have announced their proud support of Rep. Lee’s grassroots campaign for State Senate, including former Colorado Springs Mayor Mary Lou Makepeace, former City Councilor Jan Martin, D-11 School Board members Nora Brown, LuAnn Long and Jim Mason, former D-11 School Board members Bob Null and Jan Tanner, former Manitou Springs Mayor, State Representative, and County Commissioner Marcy Morrison, as well as community leaders Mary Ellen McNally, Rosemary Harris Lytle, Mike McDivitt, Jody Alyn, Dave Anderson, Alan and Jane Higbie, Mike and Amanda Bristol, Henry Allen, Mike Callicrate, and Chuck Murphy.

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