Aurora, CO—Andrew Romanoff announced today he will seek the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate in 2020. Romanoff spent the past four years as president and CEO of Mental Health Colorado, the state’s leading advocate for the prevention and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders.
In declaring his candidacy, Romanoff vowed to lead the charge for Medicare for all; a Green New Deal to replace fossil fuel with renewable energy; comprehensive immigration reform, including a path to citizenship; and an economy that enables all Americans to thrive. He renewed his pledge to turn down contributions from special-interest groups and to fight the pay-to-play system that continues to corrupt our democracy.
“I’ve met families all across Colorado, just like mine, who have been devastated by suicide or mental illness or drug addiction,” Romanoff said. “I’ve met people discarded by insurance companies or wiped out by debt.
“We’ve seen our planet plundered by an industry that puts its profits ahead of our survival. And just as troubling, we’ve seen politicians do the bidding of billionaires, catering to their corporate benefactors while sticking the rest of us with the bill.
“I’m running to change that.”
Romanoff served for eight years in the Colorado House of Representatives, including four years as speaker of the House. He led the Democrats to their first back-to-back majorities in nearly half a century and earned bipartisan recognition as one of the most effective legislative leaders in America.
Romanoff authored laws to protect the environment, expand the supply of affordable housing, and support the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. He crafted an economic recovery plan to put thousands of Coloradans back to work, built a bipartisan coalition to pass it, and secured the largest investment in school construction in state history.
“My campaign, like my career, is grounded in the people of Colorado,” Romanoff said. “I know firsthand what women and men of goodwill can achieve when united by a common purpose.”
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