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DENVER – The Colorado Chamber of Commerce today announced endorsements of state legislative candidates for the Republican and Democratic primary elections to be held on June 28, 2022. This is the first time the Chamber has made endorsements in primary races.
“Improving Colorado’s business climate requires strong partners in the state legislature who understand the issues that matter to the business community,” said Loren Furman, president and CEO of the Colorado Chamber. “That’s why we aren’t limiting ourselves to the General Election anymore – primary elections are often just as important in determining who will ultimately get elected in key races. At the Colorado Chamber, we look for leaders who demonstrate a commitment to businesses and a willingness to work across the aisle to get things done in a collaborative way. These endorsements will help voters identify candidates on both sides of the aisle who we believe will support job creators across the state to secure Colorado’s future.”
The chosen candidates were selected for endorsement through extensive interviews and vetting by members of the Colorado Chamber’s Political Action Committee. The endorsements include both open seats and incumbents in competitive primary election races.
The Colorado Chamber’s endorsements for the 2022 primary elections are as follows:
Paul Lundeen, Senate District 9 Republican primary
Katie March, House District 6 Democratic primary
Rose Pugliese, House District 14 Republican primary
Mischa Smith, House District 17 Democratic primary
Colin Larson, House District 25 Republican primary
Sam Nizam, House District 34 Democratic primary
Lisa Frizell, House District 45 Republican primary
Hugh McKean, House District 51 Republican primary
Cole Buerger, House District 57 Democratic primary
Jessie Vance, House District 63 Republican primary
The Colorado Chamber conducted its candidate interviews from May 18-19. Candidates were pressed on policy questions ranging from workforce development, health care, energy, and more. They were also assessed on their campaign strategies, willingness to reach across the aisle, seek compromise, and work with the business community on legislation.
After the primary election, the Colorado Chamber’s political program will continue its work to elect pro-business candidates by making endorsements in the General Election.
The Colorado Chamber of Commerce champions free enterprise, a healthy business environment and economic prosperity for all Coloradans. It is the only business association that works to improve the business climate for all sizes of business from a statewide, multi-industry perspective. What the Colorado Chamber accomplishes is good for all businesses, and that’s good for the state’s economy. It was created in 1965 based on the merger with the Colorado Manufacturers’ Association.