Primary election 2018

Q&A with Jason Crow, Democratic candidate for Congressional District 6


City or town of residence: I've lived in Stapleton (Denver neighborhood) since 2008 and in Aurora since 2017.

Profession: I'm an attorney whose work focuses on legal compliance and regulatory issues for businesses of all sizes.

Related elected-office or public-service experience: I'm a former Army Ranger who served three tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq, where I earned a Bronze Star. I served on the Colorado Board of Veterans Affairs for five years.

Why are you seeking this office?

I've always gone where the fight is. That mentality brought me to Iraq and Afghanistan to defend our country, and it's what I want to bring to Washington as our rights and freedoms are under attack. U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman has had a decade to fight for our district, and he has come up short.

What makes you the most qualified person for the position?

I've never run for public office before, but I do know something about serving others. My roots in this community, my military experience and the hundreds of hours I've spent mentoring veterans and helping them adjust to civilian life have given me the perspective I need to put Coloradans first. I also played a meaningful role in bringing the new VA hospital to Aurora.

A generation of politicians has gone to Washington to fight for themselves, and that self-interested spirit gets in the way of bold thinking. This campaign is about ideas, not political experience, and I'm excited to share mine with the district.

What would your top two priorities be if elected?

Reforming our nation's campaign-finance system and leveling the playing field for working families. I've pledged to not take a dime from corporate PACs (political-action committees). I believe big money has corrupted our politicians and stripped power away from where it belongs: with Americans who want a government that works for them.

Ensuring working families get a fair shake in this economy is more important than ever — especially after the Republican tax plan gave huge handouts to special interests and big-money political donors. Wages and benefits haven't kept up with cost of living ... We need a fighter for equal pay (and) higher wages.

What else should the voters know about you?

I'm the first parent to run against Mike Coffman. I know what it's like to take care of a sick kid, budget for college and worry about guns in our schools and on our streets. I'm in this campaign because all our kids deserve to inherit a safe, more equitable society.


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