What We Do

The BlueFlower Fund is all about money – raising it and then giving it away to female, Democratic, pro-choice candidates for state and local office. The reality is it takes money to win elections. By providing significant contributions early in the election cycle, the BlueFlower Fund is Colorado’s solution. The BlueFlower Fund is a Small Donor Committee, as established by the Colorado Constitution.

The BlueFlower Fund does our homework to ensure that donations go to qualified, competitive candidates. To receive BlueFlower support, candidates must complete an application, which is scored and evaluated by our Board Members and Advisors. Checks are given to selected candidates about six months before the general election – because early money makes a difference.

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04/13/2016 BlueFlower Fund Endorses 22 Candidates

The Colorado BlueFlower Fund announced today its endorsement of 22 candidates, some of which have a primary election in June. Additional endorsements may be made before the 2016 General Election.

“We want to thank all of the candidates who applied for our support,” said Jennie Peek-Dunstone, BlueFlower Fund Board President. “We are proud to have supported pro-choice, progressive women running for state and local office in Colorado for many years. We wish these candidates good luck in their upcoming elections.”

The candidates the BlueFlower Fund is supporting with endorsement and/or funding are: 

Rebecca McClellan – State Board of Education, Congressional District 6

  • Alice Madden – CU Regent At Large
  • Caryn Datz – 17th Judicial District Attorney
  • Mary Hodge – Adams County Commissioner
  • Beth McCann – Denver District Attorney
  • Meg Froelich – House District 3
  • Crisanta Duran – House District 5
  • Michele Fry – House District 6
  • Leslie Herod – House District 8
  • Edie Hooton – House District 10
  • Angelique Espinoza – House District 10
  • Shari Zabel – House District 16
  • Dafna Michaelson Jenet – House District 30
  • Dominique Jackson – House District 42
  • Emily Tracy – Senate District 8
  • Rachel Zenzinger – Senate District 19
  • Jenise May – Senate District 25
  • Rhonda Fields – Senate District 29
  • Su Ryden – Senate District 29
  • Erin Bennett – Senate District 31
  • Lois Court – Senate District 31
  • Angela Williams – Senate District 33

These endorsements reflect applications received by the BlueFlower Fund’s March 15, 2016 primary election application deadline for early endorsement consideration. Applications for endorsement and/or funding during the 2016 election cycle will be accepted on a rolling basis through July 13, 2016. Candidates can apply via the Colorado BlueFlower Fund website: www.coloradoblueflowerfund.org.

The Colorado BlueFlower Fund is a small donor committee founded in 2005 to support pro-choice, progressive, Democratic women candidates in their pursuit of state and local office. Individuals may contribute a maximum of $50 per year. By combining $50 checks from like-minded supporters, the Fund can strategically target key races. Since its inception, it has distributed nearly $100,000 to top candidates across the state.

 
2013 Election Cycle

The BlueFlower Fund announced today that eight candidates it supported have been elected or re-elected to office. The Fund supported many pro-choice Democratic women in races across the state, either with funding, an endorsement or both.

The following BlueFlower Fund supported candidates won their races:

 

• K.C. Becker, House District 13

• Barbara O’Brien, Denver Public School Board Member At-Large

• Emma Pinter, Westminster City Council

• Kathy Plomer, Adams 12 School Board District 3

• Rosemary Rodriguez, Denver Public School Board District 2

• Shakti, Lakewood City Council Ward 3

• Sharon Tessier, Broomfield City Council Ward 2

• Carrie Warren-Gully, Littleton Public School Board

 

Other candidates BlueFlower supported:

• Betty Boyd, Lakewood City Council Ward 4

• Monica Duran, Wheat Ridge City Council District I

• Ronda Scholting, Douglas County School Board District G

• Maya Wheeler, Aurora City Council Member At-Large

 
2012 Election Cycle

The BlueFlower Fund announced today that 23 candidates it supported have been elected or re-elected to office. The Fund supported 33 pro-choice Democratic women in races across the state, either with funding, an endorsement or both.

 

The following BlueFlower fund supported candidates won their races:

 

  • Mary Hodge, State Senate SD 25
  • Linda Newell, State Senate SD 26
  • Nancy Todd, State Senate SD 28
  • Morgan Carroll, State Senate SD 29
  • Jeanne Labuda, State Representative HD 1
  • Crisanta Duran, State Representative HD 5
  • Angela Williams, State Representative HD 7
  • Beth McCann, State Representative HD 8
  • Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, State Representative HD 10
  • Tracy Kraft-Tharp, State Representative HD 23
  • Susan P. Schafer, State Representative HD 24
  • Brittany Pettersen, State Representative HD 28
  • Jenise May, State Representative HD 30
  • Dianne Primavera, State Representative HD 33
  • Cherylin Peniston, State Representative HD 35
  • Su Ryden, State Representative HD 36
  • Rhonda Fields, State Representative HD 42
  • Joann Ginal, State Representative HD 52
  • Millie Hamner, State Representative HD 61
  • Eva Henry, Adams County Commissioner
  • Elise Jones, Boulder County Commissioner
  • Karn Stiegelmeier, Summit County Commissioner
  • Evie Hudak, State Senate SD 29
  • Jessica Garrow, CU Board of Regents CD3
  • Mary Parker, State Representative HD 22
  • Jan Spooner, State Representative HD 37
  • Emily Tracy, State Senate SD 8
  • Crestina Martinez, State Senate SD 35
  • Mollie Martin, Arapahoe County Commissioner District 3
  • Carrie Warren-Gully, Arapahoe County Commissioner District 3
  • Karen Stockley, Larimer County Commissioner, District 3
  • Jillane Hixson, Prowers County Commissioner

Other Candidates BlueFlower Supported:

  • Jessica Garrow, CU Board of Regents CD3
  • Mary Parker, State Representative HD 22
  • Jan Spooner, State Representative HD 37
  • Emily Tracy, State Senate SD 8
  • Crestina Martinez, State Senate SD 35
  • Mollie Martin, Arapahoe County Commissioner District 3
  • Carrie Warren-Gully, Arapahoe County Commissioner District 3
  • Karen Stockley, Larimer County Commissioner, District 3
  • Jillane Hixson, Prowers County Commissioner


 

 
2011 Election Cycle

DENVER, Nov. 2, 2011 -- The BlueFlower Fund announced today that 10 candidates it supported in the recent election won. The Fund supported 15 candidates total in the election, either with funding, an endorsement or both.

“We are working hard to increase the number of Democratic, pro-choice women serving in public office in Colorado,” said Karen Wick, president of the BlueFlower Fund. “We want to congratulate the winning candidates that we supported. Each will be an excellent representative of their community and will make Colorado a better place to live and work. We thank the candidates who did not win yesterday for running and hope that they will continue to pursue leadership positions in the future.”

The following candidates won:

  • Faith Winter, Westminster City Council

  • Debi Hunter Holen, Aurora City Council at Large

  • Myra Armon Keeble, Edgewater City Council

  • Molly Markert, Aurora City Council – Ward IV

  • Saoirse Charis-Graves, Golden City Council – District 1

  • Sarah Levison, Longmont City Council

  • Lesley Dahlkemper, Jefferson County School Board

  • Cathy Kipp, Poudre Valley School District

  • Nancy Tellez, Poudre Valley School District

  • Susan Gutowsky, Poudre Valley School District

The other candidates that the BlueFlower Fund supported are:

  • Dawn DiPrince, Pueblo City Council District 4

  • Theresa Trujillo, Pueblo City Council District 2

  • Angela Warren, Lamar City Council

  • Jennifer Draper-Carson, Denver Public Schools District 5

  • Susan McMahon, Director of Douglas County School Board

The BlueFlower Fund is a Small Donor Committee that mobilizes donors across the state of Colorado to support Democratic, pro-choice female candidates. Individual contributions to the Fund are limited to $50 per year. Its sister organization, the BlueFlower Project, is a 527 that also works to increase the number of Democratic, pro-choice, progressive women serving in public office in Colorado. Since late 2004, it has targeted state and local races to create a strong bench of women ready to run for federal or statewide office. For more information on the BlueFlower Fund, visit www.coloradoblueflowerfund.org.

 
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