Jared Polis wins 2nd Congressional District seat
November 5, 2008
The race for the 2nd Congressional District between two Boulder residents ” Republican Scott Starin and Democrat Jared Polis ” ended Tuesday night with a convincing victory by Polis.
Polis and Starin ran for the seat held by Mark Udall, who stepped down to run successfully for the U.S. Senate.
The 2nd Congressional District consists of Broomfield, Clear Creek, Eagle, Gilpin, Grand, and Summit counties, as well as portions of Adams, Boulder, Jefferson and Weld counties.
The two candidates were still campaigning on Tuesday.
Polis said he started Tuesday by waving election signs at a street corner in Adams County, followed by a door-to-door, get-out-the-vote effort in Boulder County.
Going into the final day of campaigning, Polis said he felt very upbeat.
“This has been a great process for me over the past year and a half,” Polis said. “In my campaign, I’ve reached out to voters and listened to their views. What they want is change to improve our economy, health care and education.”
“With this win, I’m going to Washington, D.C., to shake things up and help take this nation in a new direction,” Polis said. “One of my immediate goals is to work on a way to end the war in Iraq. With that out of the way, we’ll be able to begin investing in our country and get our economy moving again.
“I’ll also be working to revive the economy on Colorado’s Western Slope and work on releasing federal funds for pine beetle mitigation in hard-hit areas such as Grand County.”
Polis has an entrepreneurial background, having started three successful high-tech companies. In addition, he was involved in starting public schools that are designed to reach out to serve at-risk and immigrant students.
Prior to his run for the U.S. House of Representatives, Polis served in one previous elected position, completing a six-year term on the Colorado Board of Education.
Polis ran his campaign on a number of issues, including opposition to the United States’ continued participation in the war in Iraq. He is also an advocate for immigration reform, universal health care, improved education and equal rights.
Starin will be returning to his career in aerospace. He is the lead engineer for the Hubble Replacement Mission which will deploy the James Webb Space Telescope in 2013.
Starin a career aerospace engineer with 27 years in the industry. He has two U.S. patents and have written 10 technical manuals for NASA and the European Space Agency as well as a number of technical papers.
Starin has been married 22 years and has two children.