Colorado State Senate | District 16
Tammy grew up in a military family, which meant nearly annual moves until she was 10 years old. Moving frequently and growing up with three brothers taught her to be adventurous, flexible, and independent. After college she went on to work as a speech pathologist and then a cabinet-maker.
While her children were in school, Tammy became more involved in advocating for effective public education, especially focused on Jefferson County Public Schools. For 18 years she has taken on an advisory role to school administrators and school boards. For four years, she was a member and leader with the Jeffco Associations Legislative Forum, which is dedicated to discussions concerning education legislation with various stakeholders.
In 2015, Tammy took on the role of Mountain Area Lead in the Jeffco Schools recall campaign of three school board members. It was a landslide success, with bipartisan support. This grassroots effort was a demonstration of what a motivated and informed community can do when they unite behind the shared value of strong and effective public education.
Read more about Tammy on her website.
Why this Race is Important
Colorado currently has a Democratic Governor, a Democratic House, and a Republican Senate. However, the governor is term-limited out and a new governor will be elected in November.
Right now, Democrats have 17 seats in the Colorado Senate and Republicans have 18 seats. Democrats need to flip one seat to flip the state senate, and turn Colorado into a Democratic trifecta state.
Sister District Policy Scorecard
This candidate has pledged commitment to the following statements:
- We must protect a woman’s right to choose the health care and reproductive services she wants and needs.
- We need to protect and expand our social safety net, not dismantle it.
- We should pursue common-sense gun safety policies, consistent with the Second Amendment and local community standards and needs, which vary from community to community.
- Climate change is real and we need to protect our environment.