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Candidate Judy Amabile

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Running for Colorado House District 13

PRESS RELEASE – Democrat Judy Amabile will push for bold solutions to key issues impacting Colorado as the Representative for House District 13, a seat currently held by term-limited Speaker of the House KC Becker.  “My experience has prepared me to take on this role,” said Judy. “I’ve made my life in Colorado, raising a family, co-founding Polar Bottle, a successful manufacturing business, and advocating passionately for issues like the environment, access to mental health care, and economic mobility. I believe in progress for all.”

Judy understands that the 2021 Legislature must address the impacts of COVID-19 on Colorado’s economy, and the first priority will be balancing the budget. Within that framework, she will strive to make progress on meaningful mental health legislation including addiction issues, as well as environmental protections and economic equity for all Coloradans. Additionally, Judy will focus on achieving longer term solutions to Colorado’s revenue and taxation systems.

Areas of Special Focus

Judy has identified and written extensively on three key issues she hopes to focus on in the legislature:

CLIMATE ACTION

“Colorado has to be a leader in addressing climate change,” Judy says. “We can’t solve the problem on our own, but we can show the way. We have to move to a clean energy economy while ensuring a just transition for those working in the extraction industries.”

Judy’s climate priorities include:

–Transitioning Colorado to a clean energy economy.

–Revitalizing rural communities with clean industries.

–Electrifying transportation and buildings.

–Boosting energy efficiency.

–Protecting Colorado’s natural resources of air, wild lands and water.

–Ensuring a just transition to a clean economy for all workers. These ideas are further explored in Judy’s Climate Action Plan.

ECONOMIC JUSTICE

“Every Colorado family should benefit from our growing economy, not just those at the top,” Judy says. “We must address income inequality, strengthen the middle class, and make smart investments in our education system at every level.”

Her economic priorities include:

–Creating thriving communities with affordable housing, tenant protections, quality education options, and affordable transit.

–Ensuring a living wage, equal pay, and fair workplaces for all workers, and protections for LGBTQ employees.

–Provide paid family leave and expand affordable child care options.

–Push common sense gun control.

–Eliminate private prisons, cash bail and racist sentencing practices. Read more in Judy’s Economic Action Plan.

MENTAL HEALTH CARE

Judy believes that health care is a human right and is ready to build on the progress made by the General Assembly in its last two sessions to expand access and improve quality. Judy has a son with a serious mental illness that developed at age 18 and has gotten worse over time. Like many other parents, she knows firsthand the despair of trying to access mental health services in a system that seems designed for failure.

“The societal costs and consequences of a broken mental health care system are devastating to people, families, and society at large,” she says. “The lack of access to mental health treatment parallels staggering increases in homelessness, opioid drug addiction, incarceration, and suicide.”

Judy’s health care priorities include:

–Expanding access to mental health resources across the state and in schools.

–Providing supportive housing for recovery from addiction, homelessness and incarceration.

–Expanding health care options in rural Colorado.

–Promoting health and wellness in schools, including access to outdoor education.

–Providing quality affordable health care for all.

These priorities are expanded upon in Judy’s Health Care Action Plan.

Endorsements

Judy’s campaign has been endorsed by The Sierra Club, Conservation Colorado, Planned Parenthood, Colorado Ceasefire, The Brady  Campaign, Colorado AFL-CIO, The American Federation of Teachers – Colorado, and Emily’s List, among many other outstanding organizations.

Individual endorsers include U.S. Representative Joe Neguse, Colorado Speaker of the House KC Becker, Senate Majority Leader Stephen Fenberg, House Majority Leader Alec Garnett, Representative Edie Hooton, Senator Jeanne Nicholson, Attorney General Phil Weiser, Clear Creek County Commissioners George Marlin and Randy Wheelock, Pitkin County Commissioner Greg Poschman, Hot Sulphur Springs Mayor Bob McVay, U.S. Representative David Skaggs, and many others. See all endorsers on her website.

Background

A “double Buff,” Judy earned both a BA and an MBA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Judy co-founded and for 25 years ran  a successful manufacturing company, Polar Bottle, which  made reusable water bottles and sold them to America’s largest retailers. At its height, Polar Bottle had over $10 million in revenue and 65 full-time permanent employees. The company manufactured exclusively in the USA, paid good wages, and provided paid time off and health insurance benefits. Through Polar Bottle, Judy demonstrated that it is possible to optimize the well-being of all business stakeholders without compromising employees for short-term gains.

Judy is the Former Vice President of the Democratic Women of Boulder County; Board Member, National Alliance on Mental Illness – Colorado; Founding Board Member, Good Business Colorado; Member of the Community Affairs Council for the Boulder Chamber of Commerce; Former Activist for The League of American Bicyclists; Former Member of the Outdoor Industry Association; and Former Member of the Boulder Daily Camera’s Advisory Board.

Judy has lived in Colorado since 1971 and in Boulder since 1975. Her family includes sons Owen, Harry and Linden, and their dog Lucky.

Judy said, “True change is possible when we work together. I’m in this race to represent the values of House District 13 and will bring my focus, commitment, experience and progressive principles to work for you as your next state representative.”

Colorado House District 13 includes five counties: Boulder, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Grand and Jackson.

For additional information, visit www.judyamabile.com, email Judy at ja@judyamabile.com, or call 303-517-4698.

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