Candidates for the Governor of the State of Colorado

In November, voters will decide between Jared Polis (D) and Walter Stapleton (R).  Jared Polis is currently representing Colorado Congressional District 2 in the House of Representatives and Walter Stapleton is currently the Treasurer for the State of Colorado.


Please see IndivisibleNOCO's flyer comparing the two candidates on critical issues.

Jared Polis (D)


Please see our summary of Jared Polis' background and where he stands on the issues.


Jared Polis, who is currently representing CD 2 in the House of Representatives, is running for governor to turn bold ideas into real results for you and your family.


"Together, we can make Colorado completely energy independent and 100% renewable by 2040. We can bring free, full-day kindergarten and preschool to every community in our state. We can provide universal, affordable, accessible health care for every Coloradan. And we can build an inclusive economy where employees at all levels make more, not just CEOs."


Jared Polis was born and raised in Colorado.  A successful entrepreneur, he started several successful businesses and plans to bring that start-up vision and energy to our state government.

  • From his college dorm room, he launched American Information Systems, a dial-up service provider that brought the internet into many homes for the first time
  • He helped take the family greeting card business, Blue Mountain Cards, online
  • He  founded ProFlowers, a true startup where he did everything from loading the trucks the night before Valentine’s Day to taking the business public
  • He co-founded Techstars, a startup accelerator where he mentored entrepreneurs from all walks of life, and Patriot Boot Camp, which helps veterans start their own small businesses after coming home from their service.

Jared is committed to providing every child a great education and has spent most of his adult life working to improve schools.

  • In a statewide election in 2000, he  was elected to the Colorado Board of Education where, as chairman of the board, he fought to raise pay for teachers while reducing class size for students.
  • He founded several non-profit public schools for at-risk children and served as superintendent of the New America School, which helps new immigrants earn their high school diploma.

Jared is the U.S. Representative for northern Colorado.

  • He proudly stood with President Barack Obama to pass landmark health care reform, rein in the excesses of Wall Street, provide more opportunities to young immigrants, and protect our iconic public lands.
  • He helped lead the charge to replace the one-size-fits-all mandates of No Child Left Behind with a new system to help students from every background get the quality education they deserve

Information on Jared’s record can be found at

Walter Stapleton (R)


Please see our summary of Walter Stapleton's background and where he stands on the issues.


Running for Governor is a deeply personal matter to Walker Stapleton.  Walker and his wife Jenna live in Arapahoe County with their three children: Craig, Colette, and Olivia.  He is running for Governor for them, and for the next generation of Coloradans.  Walker believes that this election will have a massive effect on the future fiscal health of the state, and that in order for Colorado to remain the greatest state in the nation, strong and proven economic stewardship is not just preferable, but vital.


Walker Stapleton has served two four-year terms as State Treasurer.


Prior to entering public service, he worked in the startup tech world in California and as the CEO of public and private companies.


In 2011, when Standard and Poors downgraded U.S. credit ratings, county treasurers found themselves no longer able to invest their county’s tax dollars into U.S. bonds, costing counties across Colorado and the nation millions of dollars. Walker immediately recognized the real ramifications that this would have on Colorado communities, and in collaboration with county treasurers across the state, led the passage of bipartisan legislation to allow Colorado counties to continue to invest in U.S. Treasuries. Doing so saved Colorado communities millions of dollars.


Every single year that Walker has been charged with investing Coloradans’ tax dollars, the state has made money and beat investment benchmarks.


In 2013, Walker led the fight to defeat Amendment 66, a proposed tax increase to fund schools and in 2016 went to battle against Amendment 69, which would have created a single-payer health care system in Colorado.


Walker is a fourth-generation Coloradan. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver, as well as the Denver Metro Council of the El Pomar Foundation.  His wife, Jenna, serves on the Board of Directors of ACE Scholarships, and actively serves in a volunteer capacity for numerous other charities in Colorado.


Walker holds a Bachelor of Arts from Williams College, a graduate degree in Business Economics from the London School of Economics, and a MBA from Harvard Business School.