The stakes are high
When I was growing up in Littleton, I never expected to be quoted in The New York Times. That’s pretty much the paper of record for our nation. But just last night, the NYT published a profile of my race as a key pick-up for Democrats across the country.
Noting the fact that winning my seat means the Democrats will take control of the Colorado State Senate, the article highlights what’s at stake:
While these races don’t have the flash and cash of a Senate or governor’s election, they matter a ton. Think about it: If the Supreme Court rules to undercut Roe v. Wade or the health care law, decisions on those policies goes to the states.
And state legislatures play a deciding role in issues like education, taxes, minimum wage, paid sick leave and more.
Most importantly for politicians, many of the state legislatures elected in 2018 will still be in office in 2020, when the country starts the byzantine task of redrawing the congressional map — a process determined differently by each state, but largely by state legislatures.
This year, Democrats have invested significant amounts of time and money trying to regain ground before the 2020 census, which will determine districts for the next decade. Former President Barack Obama has made it a central political priority of his post-presidential years.
But much of their success rests on the shoulders of people like Ms. Winter, who finds herself balancing the challenges and advantages that national focus can bring.
It really is true – if I win, it means the Senate will protect women’s reproductive health care and safeguard access to healthcare for hardworking families. We will be able to restore lagging education funding, increase good-paying jobs and ensure paid family leave so workers can fulfill their responsibilities both at work and at home. My colleagues and I will be able to put the interests of people ahead of corporations and special interests.
With just 32 days until ballots are mailed out and facing millions of dollars in special interest “dark money” to defeat me, I don’t have time to sit back and marvel at the fact that a newspaper like The New York Times is interested in me and my campaign. You’ll find me working hard, knocking on doors, raising campaign funds and talking to voters 12+ hours a day so I can advance my vision for North Metro as the best place to live, work and raise a family.