Endorsements

Supporting Cole
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Callihan

Mike Callihan

Former Lt. Gov

These times demand that we send our best to Denver. Cole is one of the best. He is a proven leader and an independent thinker who knows how to solve hard problems. Cole will build consensus and not foster division. We have more than enough of that in our politics already.

Bunton

Cynthia Bunton

Former Director, U.S. State Department

I worked with Cole for many years. Day in and day out, I witnessed him use his skills and experience to bring diverse international stakeholders together to help them attain their dreams for democracy and a better future. I have no doubt Cole will accomplish great things for his district and the state of Colorado.

Wilson

Roger Wilson

Former State Representative

Cole’s education in international affairs, master’s in public policy, and years of experience working with world-renowned leaders and organizations executing communications, research, and advocacy efforts has prepared him to be a great leader at the Colorado Capitol on behalf of HD57 and the citizens of Colorado.

Julia Barnes

Former National Field Director, Bernie 2016

For the last twenty years, I have known Cole as a compassionate, thoughtful friend and a creative problem solver who has spent his life working on critical issues to the fabric of justice in our world. His love and pride for Colorado has been his true northstar and, though we don't always agree, I know he will be a tireless advocate for District 57. I am grateful for his friendship and proud to support his candidacy for the Colorado House of Representatives.

Russi

Greg Russi

Former City Council Member, New Castle

Cole grew up near Silt and has an impressive resume including a Masters in public policy from U Chicago. In speaking with him about the future of the region, the state, and democracy in general, I am sure that his vision and energy would serve us well in the State House.

Francie Jacober

Pitkin County Commissioner

Running for office is no easy task, especially in a district as diverse as HD57, that runs from Aspen to Parachute. I am confident Cole is ready to listen, bring people together, and get things done. Today, I am endorsing Cole Buerger because I know he has what it takes to serve our communities and develop pragmatic solutions to the issues facing our district from housing affordability to healthcare, the impending energy transition and the climate crisis. 

Mesirow

Skippy Mesirow

City Councillor, Aspen

Being an effective legislator demands more than good intentions. Cole has the personal, professional, and educational experience to be a representative for all of House District 57. He will be a thoughtful, pragmatic voice in Denver.

Dr. Debby Burnett 

Former Congressional candidate

I am endorsing Cole because, like me, Cole is a rural Coloradan. He is intimately aware of the challenges we face on the Western Slope. We need to protect our water, support our farmers and ranchers, lower rural healthcare costs, make housing more affordable, and rebuild our infrastructure - from fixing our roads to expanding broadband. Because of this, he is the right person for the job.

Colorado Chamber of Commerce

Improving Colorado’s business climate requires strong partners in the state legislature who understand the issues that matter to the business community. At the Colorado Chamber of Commerce, we look for leaders who demonstrate a commitment to businesses and a willingness to work across the aisle to get things done. The Colorado Chamber is excited to endorse Cole Buerger for the Colorado House of Representatives District 57.

Mayor Annise Parker 

President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund

LGBTQ Victory Fund is pleased to endorse Cole Buerger for the Colorado House of Representatives. Cole will bring a unique perspective to the legislature and work hard to ensure the adoption of equitable policy that benefits all residents in District 57. He will also make history when elected, becoming the first LGBTQ+ Coloradan from a rural district to ever serve in the State Legislature.

Stand for Children Colorado

Stand for Children Colorado empowers individuals who are just as passionate as we are about improving the education system across the state. Every day, decisions are made about education that impact children in every classroom. Stand Colorado works to ensure the people making these decisions are well-informed champions for children and that their decisions are made in students’ best interest to have the greatest positive impact. So today, Stand for Children Colorado’s endorsement committee is proud to support Cole Buerger for the Colorado House of Representatives District 57.