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  July 11, 2013
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Treasurer Walker Stapleton announces re-election campaign and leadership team

Touts common sense legislative successes,
but work left to do

DENVER, CO—Colorado Treasurer Walker Stapleton announced today that he will seek re-election to serve a second term as Colorado’s Treasurer.  First elected in 2010, Treasurer Stapleton has spent his first term successfully advocating fiscally responsible policies for Colorado.

During his first term, Treasurer Stapleton has used his post in the Treasurer’s office to put pro-jobs and pro-taxpayer policies in place.  Among his many accomplishments are consolidating Colorado’s debt issuance process, which has already saved taxpayer money, and the refinancing of Colorado’s unemployment insurance saving businesses money and protecting jobs.

“Our accomplishments in the Treasurer’s office are not partisan or controversial but examples of common sense solutions for the taxpayers of Colorado,” stated Treasurer Stapleton. “My office is not concerned with grabbing headlines but rather we’ve focused on keeping our head down, safely investing taxpayers money, correcting inefficient government policies and serving Colorado’s taxpayers.  During my second term, I will continue following these policies.” 

Treasurer Stapleton has also focused on protecting the Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA), which currently has a roughly $20 billion unfunded liability and has been rated by non-partisan financial reports such as Morning Star as “not fiscally sound.” 

“PERA continues to owe a dangerous amount of money that it does not have, that should worry Colorado’s taxpayers as well as current and future PERA retirees,” continued Stapleton. “PERA owes it to its members to be more conservative with its investments and make sure it is making promises it can ultimately keep. As Treasurer I will continue to fight for these responsible policies.”

Treasurer Stapleton’s re-election campaign is proud to announce its honorary co-chairs; former U.S. Senator Hank Brown, former Colorado Governor Bill Owens and current Attorney General John Suthers. 

Treasurer Stapleton's leadership team is composed of business and community leaders from both sides of the aisle:

The Honorable Hank Brown
The Honorable Bill Owens
Attorney General John Suthers

Katie and Adam Agron - Owner, Wolfe Design House/Co-Managing Partner, Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, and Schreck
Sue and Harvey Allon - CEO, Allonhill /President, Braddock Financial
Nicole and J.J. Ament - Partner, Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, and Schreck/Director, RBC Capital Markets
Scott Balcomb - Partner, Balcomb & Green, PC
Bart Bansbach - President, Columbine Ventures
Jana and Fred Bartlit - Partner, Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP
Sharon Magness Blake and Ernie Blake
Buck Blessing - CEO, Griffis/Blessing, Inc.
Norman Brownstein - Partner, Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, and Schreck
Barb and Ken Card - Finance/Real Estate
Dorsey and Louie Carleo - President and CEO, LDC Properties
Ramey and Max Caulkins - Principal, Griffin Design Source/Principal, Thrumcap Capital
Besty and Terry Considine - CEO, Aimco
Meredith and Peter Coors - MillerCoors Company
Amy and Peter Corrigan
Lynne and Bo Cottrell - Community Activists
Brian Deevy - Chairman and CEO, RBC Daniels, Inc.
R. Stanton Dodge - EVP & General Counsel, DISH Network
Ruth Ehlers - Former Chairman of the Mesa County Republicans
Anne and Joe Ellis - President, Denver Broncos
John Elway - Executive Vice President of Football Operations, Denver Broncos
Mark Falcone - CEO and Founder, Continuum Partners, LLC
Chrissy and Andy Fedorowicz
John Freyer, Jr. - Principal, Land Title Guarantee Company
Michael Fries - President, Chairman, and CEO, Liberty Global
Diane and Charlie Gallagher - Chairman and CEO, Gallagher Enterprises
Jane and Frederic Hamilton - Chairman, The Hamilton Companies
John Hereford - Founder/Partner, Oak Leaf Energy Partners
Anne and Jim Hillary - Principal, Independence Capital Asset Partners, LLC
Arlene and Barry Hirschfeld
Kristen and Marc Holtzman - Chairman, Merdian Capital
Katherine and Mark Honnen
Lou Hutchison
L. Roger Hutson - President, HRM Resources
Bill Hybl - Chairman and CEO, El Pomar Foundation
M. Doak Jacoway - President, Jacoway Financial Corporation
Kent Jolley - Real Estate
Doug Jones - President, The Jones Realty Group
Dianne Eddols and Glenn Jones - Founder/CEO, Jones International University
Holly Arnold and Jeremy Kinney - Owner, The Fort Restaurant/President, Kinney Oil Company
Buz and Sherri Koebel
Alysa and Ronald Levine
- Partner, Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP

Christine and Andrew Light - Partner, Chaffin Light Management, LLC
Diane and Jim Light - Chaffin-Light Real Estate
Sharon and Greg Maffei - President and CEO, Liberty Media Corporation and Liberty Interactive
Bob Manning - Managing Director, M2P Capital, LLC
Edie and Mort Marks
John McCormick
David McReynolds - President, Columbine Health Plan
Becky and Jon Medved
Larry A. Mizel - Chairman & CEO, M.D.C. Holdings, Inc
Dick Monfort - Owner, Colorado Rockies
Trish and Ralph Nagel - President, Top Rock Investments, LLC
The Honorable R. James Nicholson - Former U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs; Former US Ambassador to Holy See; Former Chairman, Republican National Committee
Anne and Mathew Osborn
Brian Pauls - Principal, The Pauls Corporation
Shereen and Michael Pollak - Founder and CEO, Hyde Park Jewelers
Robin Pringle - Vice President of Corporate Development, Liberty Media Corporation
Rose Pugliese - Rose F. Pugliese, LLC and Mesa County Commissioner
Diane Reeder and Dr. Richard Heppe
Blair Richardson - Managing Partner, Bow River Capital Partners
Eddie Robinson - Co-Founder, Robinson Dairy
Richard "Dick" Robinson - Co-Founder, Robinson Dairy
Rick Sapkin, CEO - Edgemark Development
Steve Schuck - Chairman, The Schuck Corporation
Cappy and Bob Shopneck - General Partner, Pinetree Financial
Merrill and Lem Smith - Director, U.S. Government and Regulatory Affairs, Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc.
Joe Smith - Partner, Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP
George Solich - CEO - Energy IV
Kelly and Matt Stava - Managing Principal, Spinnaker Management Group
Sue and Greg Stevinson - President, Denver West Realty, Inc.
Sharon and Keith Swerdfeger - Former State Representative, District 47
Fred Taylor - President, North Star Investment Advisors
Steve Tebo - Owner, Tebo Development Company
Timothy Travis - CEO, Eaton Metal Products
Jack and Cally Vickers
Lucy and Jim Wallace
- Partner, BWAB Exploration
Frieda and Peter Wallison - Pitkin County Republicans Chair
The Honorable Marilyn Ware - Former U.S. Ambassador to Finland
Katherine and Michael Whitcomb
Don Wood - President, Van Gilder Insurance Corporation
John S. Zakhem - President, Zakhem Law, LLC
Ambassador Sam H. Zakhem - Former US Ambassador to Bahrain

Treasurer Stapleton currently lives with his wife Jenna and two children Craig (five) and Colette (23 months) in Arapahoe County.  Before being elected Treasurer, Stapleton spent his career in the private sector serving as chief financial officer and chief executive officer of private and publicly held companies. Stapleton has a bachelor’s degree from Williams College, a graduate degree from the London School of Economics and an MBA from Harvard University.

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