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Colorado Education Association Applauds Primary Election Victories Amidst Dark Money Influence

Posted on: June 26, 2024
Posted By: CEA Communications
Posted in: Press
Tagged: Press Release

The Colorado Education Association today released the following statement about the results of the 2024 primary elections:

“We extend our sincerest congratulations to Kathy Gebhardt (State Board of Education CD2), who won her race despite unprecedented amounts of corporate-backed, dark money that flooded the playing field. Gebhardt’s triumph is a testament to the power of people-powered organizing and the strength of a campaign built on genuine connections with constituents. It highlights the resilience and determination of voters to uphold democratic principles and support candidates who truly represent their interests and values.

“Mike Weissman (SD28) and Yara Zokaie (HD52) should also be commended for winning their races in districts where dark money, fueled by corporate interests, ran rampant. It’s disheartening to see the amount of money that came into play during this primary season; voters, not corporate interests with deep pockets, should be deciding who best represents the future of Colorado. We are incredibly disappointed to see so many labor and public education champions lose their elections last night because of the corporate money and influence on their races. Ensuring that elections remain fair and transparent is essential for maintaining the integrity of our democracy and empowering voters to make informed decisions about their future.

“Looking forward, we’re hopeful that these winning candidates will be champions of bettering Colorado’s education system and the broader labor movement. We look forward to working with them in subsequent sessions to pass legislation that will address the pressing needs of our students and support the rights and welfare of workers across the state,” said Amie Baca-Oehlert, high school counselor and President of CEA.


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