My name is Cole Buerger
I am a 5th generation Coloradan running to represent every resident of District 57. Like many in our district, I grew up on a ranch just south of Silt. My family raised cattle and quarter horses and my siblings and I showed 4-H animals at the Garfield County Fair. After high school, I went east for college and earned an undergraduate degree in International Affairs from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a Master's Degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.
Upon graduating from college, I spent the early years of my career strengthening democracy around the world, working with activists fighting against authoritarian regimes to bring freedom to their countries, helping civil society groups take root, and promoting anti-corruption efforts and rule of law campaigns as a means to hold elected officials accountable.
In 2012, I started my own small business, where I have spent the past 9+ years working with world-renowned leaders and organizations executing communications, research, and advocacy efforts, including get out the vote campaigns, and initiatives centered on generating greater awareness about educational funding equity, the rights of women and girls, mental health, and human trafficking.
Public service runs in my family. My dad volunteered at the National Western Stock Show's livestock exhibition and my mom was a 4-H leader and mentor to many young people in Garfield County. My grandmother served as the mayor of Kremmling for many years, dedicating her life to fighting for her community. Last but not least, my partner Mitchell was in ROTC at CU Boulder and served in the Army.
I am running for office to continue this legacy and ensure the people of Colorado and our heritage continue to have a bright future. The times demand we build up communities and economies that serve all of us, rather than tearing the other side down. If we do, we can achieve amazing things for our families, our communities, our district and our state.