NFIB Endorses 43 Candidates for Colorado General Assembly

Date: August 30, 2018

Voting records earn 22 incumbents backing of small business PAC

Contact: Tony Gagliardi, Colorado State Director,
or Tony Malandra, Senior Media Manager,

DENVER, Colo., Aug. 30, 2018—The political action committee for Colorado’s leading small-business association today announced its endorsement of 43 candidates running for House or Senate seats in the Colorado General Assembly.

In all, NFIB Colorado PAC, the political action arm of NFIB Colorado, endorsed 22 incumbents running for re-election in the House and Senate, two challengers to House incumbents (House Districts 17, 36), one challenger to a Senate incumbent (Senate District 5), 12 candidates running in House open seats (Districts 14, 19, 22, 25, 27, 28, 34, 47, 50, 54, 56, 65) and six candidates running in open Senate seats (Districts 2, 9, 11, 15, 20, 22).

NOTE: Shane Sandridge (14), and Alexander ‘Skinny’ Winkler (34) currently serve in the State House but were put there by their district vacancy committees. Steve Szutenbach (25), and Vicki Pyne (27) were selected by vacancy committees during the interim, therefore, all four are considered running in open seats.

Incumbent endorsements were based on their votes on nine bills taken during the 2017-2018 session of the Colorado General Assembly, the list and brief descriptions of which can be read here. Endorsements of challengers and candidates running in open seats were based on answers to a questionnaire sent by the PAC and some direct candidate interviews. Rep. Paul Lundeen, running for the open District 9 Senate seat, was endorsed based on his House voting record. State representatives appointed by their district vacancy committees were endorsed based on their response to the candidate questionnaire.

“A legislator’s voting record on small-business issues is nothing he or she can hide from or dispute, so when we endorse a representative or senator, it’s because they are proven friends of Main Street enterprises based on the one measurement that matters most,” said Tony Gagliardi, NFIB’s Colorado state director. “With candidates running in open seats or challenging an incumbent, our PAC takes extra time and care to vet the people who will be sincerely with us from the ones who will tell us anything.”

The NFIB Colorado PAC endorsements went to:

*Denotes Incumbent
1 Jerry Sonnenberg*
2 Dennis Hisey
5 Olen Lund
6 Don Coram*
7 Ray Scott*
9 Paul Lundeen
11 Patrick McIntire
13 John Cooke*
15 Rob Woodward
16 Tim Neville*
20 Christine Jensen
22 Tony Sanchez
24 Beth Martinez-Humenik*
30 Chris Holbert*
14 Shane Sandridge
15 Dave Williams*
16 Larry Liston*
17 Kit Roupe
19 Tim Geitner
20 Terri Carver*
22 Colin Larson
25 Steve Szutenbach
27 Vicki Pyne
28 Kristina Joy Alley
34 Alexander ‘Skinny’ Winkler
36 Richard Bowman
37 Cole Wist*
38 Susan Beckman*
43 Kevin Van Winkle*
44 Kim Ransom*
45 Patrick Neville*
47 Bri Buentello
48 Stephen Humphrey*
49 Perry Buck*
50 Michael Thuener
51 Hugh McKean*
54 Matt Soper
56 Rod Bockenfeld
57 Bob Rankin*
58 Marc Catlin*
60 James Wilson*
63 Lori Saine*
65 Rod Pelton

For more than 75 years, NFIB has been advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners, both in Washington,D.C., and in all 50 state capitals. NFIB is nonprofit, nonpartisan, and member-driven. Since our founding in 1943, NFIB has been exclusively dedicated to small and independent businesses and remains so today. For more information, please visit

National Federation of Independent Business Colorado
1580 Logan St. Suite 520
Denver, CO 80203
Twitter: @NFIB_CO

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