Mark’s Story: Vision

Saturday, December 23rd, 2017

I’ll represent you in Washington DC with an independent spirit that fights for the people and the values of this District.  I’ll also make common cause with like-minded Representatives to push for real change in Washington.  Most importantly, in the battles to come I’ll have the courage to vote for We the People over power and party.

But I’ll do more than represent you in DC – I will lead locally as well.  Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District is a special place and I bring a special vision to cultivate the positive future that our District represents.

Why is our purple District so special and unique?

  • Nationally Recognized and Acclaimed Cities and Towns – Boulder and Ft. Collins for starters
  • Diverse – Urban, Rural and Mountain areas and economies
  • Science, Tech, Education including two first-rate universities: CSU and CU
  • History – A spirit of Exploration, Innovation and Enterprise
  • Creativity and Healthy Lifestyles

As an F-15 pilot in Desert Storm and an entrepreneur, I’ve lived at the pointy end of the spear. So when it comes to thought leadership and innovation, I bring skills around identifying and nurturing visionary ideas, gathering stakeholders, creating consensus, defining the path forward and then executing on that.

I’ll be “Leading by convening”: In our purple state and district, we’re uniquely positioned to develop and test grassroots initiatives that re-knit the body politic within and across urban, rural or mountain communities.  By bringing together the best minds in science, business, startups and public administration, combining that with the creativity and rigor of our community, and funding this collaboration with innovative community-public partnerships, we can create a think-tank and testbed for a new and modernized vision of democratic governance.  Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District can be the incubator for a generational change in politics and policy across America.

Our District can lead the way in creating a national political consensus that embraces – rather than rejects – our rapidly changing future.  Through bottom-up coalition building and fundraising, we’ll create the institutional infrastructure that leads America out of the political Dark Ages.  In the process, we’ll activate and sustain grassroots organizations so citizens regain their voice, a real stake in the system, and a renewed Democratic Party rooted in their values.

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