Andrew Romanoff

Democrat Andrew Romanoff has taken on Tea Party Rep. Mike Coffman in Colorado’s 6th District, and analysts rate the race as a toss-up.

Coffman made a name for himself being a birther and anti-immigration zealot.  But Romanoff’s common sense agenda has forced Coffman into running away from his extremist positions.  Most recently, Romanoff put the spotlight on Coffman’s longtime support of a “personhood” amendment, causing Coffman to suddenly reverse his position.

More than 10,000 individuals have donated to the Romanoff campaign, which doesn’t accept PAC money.  The campaign reports that more than 84 percent of its first-quarter contributions were $100 or less.

Romanoff’s grassroots support has allowed him to outpace Coffman in fundraising, building up campaign funds that are close to matching the incumbent’s warchest.

That’s good news for Romanoff and Democrats, because this race will likely be the most competitive and expensive House race in this year’s midterms.

Progressive Credentials:

A self-described progressive, Romanoff’s resume includes the Southern Poverty Law Center, a job-training agency for low-income women, and teaching. He supports raising the minimum wage, the Manufacturing Jobs for America Initiative and ENDA.

In his four terms in the Colorado House of Representatives, Romanoff’s priority issues included creating jobs, repairing schools, protecting victims of domestic violence, providing treatment for mental illness, expanding the supply of affordable housing, and shielding children and seniors from neglect and abuse.

Why We Like Him:

In 2010, Romanoff became a senior adviser for International Development Enterprises, a Colorado-based organization that produces agricultural technology and training for small-scale farmers and businesses. Over the last 30 years, IDE has equipped more than 3 million families with the tools they need to lift themselves out of extreme poverty.

We are not the only ones who like Romanoff.  Bill Clinton caused a buzz when he endorsed Romanoff in his 2010 primary challenge of incumbent Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet.

And more than 50 state and national organizations have recognized his leadership. The Council of State Governments, the National Conference of State Legislatures, and the State Legislative Leaders Foundation present the William Bulger Award to the “legislative leader who has worked to preserve and build public trust in the institution of the state legislature and whose career embodies the highest principles of leadership — integrity, compassion, vision and courage.” In 2006, Andrew became the award’s youngest recipient. Two years later, Governing Magazine named him “Public Official of the Year.”

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