I supported Andrew Romanoff in his political career in the Colorado House of
Representatives; however, I chose his opponent, Michael Bennet, to support
in the upcoming Democratic primary. As someone who knows both candidates, I
want to share the reasons why I believe Michael Bennet will make the best US
I first met Senator Bennet when he was Superintendant of the Denver Public
Schools. As a former President of the BVSD School Board, I understood the
challenges he faced. I was very impressed with Bennet’s ability to build the
relationships with teachers, parents, students and administrators he needed
to change the DPS culture of underachievement. Those are the same leadership
skills he used as Mayor John Hickenlooper¹s Chief of Staff and as the
Managing Director of Anschutz Investments.
I threw my support to Michael Bennet because of these impressive
accomplishments and his leadership on education reform. Bennet¹s positions
on other issues are similar to Romanoff¹s; he¹s pro-choice and progressive.
Yet, Bennet isn¹t a career politician; he¹s an innovative businessman and a
skilled leader with all the assets needed to help turn around a
dysfunctional institution like the US Senate.
Michael Bennet also knows what it¹s like to live in a busy modern family;
he¹s a dedicated Dad to three children and a proud partner to his wife,
talented natural resources attorney Susan Daggett.
Michael Bennet has already built important relationships in our nation¹s
capital that will help Colorado. He was appointed to Sen. Ted Kennedy¹s seat
on the prestigious Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
and is close to President Obama who seriously considered Bennet for
Secretary of Education.
Michael Bennet has already proved himself to be bright, insightful and
effective in the US Senate. Don¹t let that experience go to waste. Join me
in voting for Michael Bennet.
Linda Shoemaker, former President
Boulder Valley Board of Education