Photography, Politics

Election Night with Jared Polis

Jared speaking at the Democratic Election Party in Denver, Colorado.

On Tuesday, Jared, his staff, friends, and family, finally saw the ultimate result of their hard work and sacrifices for the past year and a half as he was elected to serve in the United States House of Representatives next year. Jared won by a convincing margin, 60% to 36%, over his primary opponent, Scott Starin.

Before heading to downtown Denver for the Democratic Election Party at the Sheraton Hotel, we stopped by a couple of election watch parties in and around Boulder County. Everyone was fired up as the early results displayed on the TV showed a decisive blue shift in Colorado and national politics. I can only imagine the somber and sad scene at some of the Republican watch parties; in most races, they really got pounded. As Jared was introduced, I saw a different Jared than I have seen over the past week. Instead of calm, cerberal Jared, he transformed into a motivational leader, rousing the group assembled at Woodies restaurant with an exciting speech of hope and change. That was a small hint of what was to come when he was introduced as the new Congressman-elect of Colorado’s District 2 at the Sheraton Hotel.

Jared’s staff and family were hanging out in the restaurant and a suite in the Crowne Plaza. Jared stopped by the suite and popped the cork off a new bottle of vintage Jared Polis 2008. I met Jared’s brother, Jorian, after what must have been 15 years; he had grown so tall in the intervening years while I have stayed the same height! I was looking through my senior yearbook the other day, and I noticed that those who were pre-schoolers when I was a senior would have graduated from college this past year!

After spending some time in Jared’s suite, we headed a few blocks over to the Sheraton. Our entourage made its way backstage, stopping several times as people came up to Jared to congratulate him. This would be a common occurrence throughout the evening!

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Election Day Morning and Afternoon

Jared and Jordanna share a smile during the final Honk and Wave of this election.

Today is finally election day! For Jared, it’s been one and half years of hard campaigning. Today, he did his final Honk and Wave in Boulder before heading to Longmont, Colorado, to help out with Betsy Markey’s campaign.

Heading down to downtown Denver for the Democratic Election Party. So, without further ado, some photos from earlier today. Click on the link below to see them!

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Final Hours Before Election

Jared getting his hair cut at Fix.

Here’s a random set of photos from the last day before Election 2008. It’s been a long campaign and everyone is ready to move on with the next project. For Jared, hopefully that will be a Congressional Seat in Colorado’s District 2. For me, it’ll be back to the Bay Area to work on the documentary and my various consulting projects.

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Halloween Honk and Wave

There's only one way to vote: Jared Polis

Jared and I use to play high school in baseball. While I was stuck on the JV team, Jared was playing first base and pitcher for the varsity club. Jared’s a lifelong baseball fan, so for the Halloween Honk and Wave this morning, he donned his baseball uniform and grabbed his glove (from high school no less!). We went to two locations, both prime intersections with lots of commuters. Staffers and volunteers for his campaign were there to honk and wave to the driving, biking, and walking commuters.

From what I’ve learned, the hectic part of this campaign was the Primary. Jared’s victory against several other Democrats was hard-fought and well-deserved. The polls for the general election are very positive for Jared, so things are much calmer now than they were a couple of months ago.

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Jared at the Wagon Road Park N Ride in Westminster, Colorado

This morning, Jared Polis greeted commuters and voters at the Wagon Road Park N Ride in Westminster, Colorado. As the commuters lined up to take the bus, Jared introduced himself to each one individually. Many of the people had already sent in their mail-in ballots, and a number of them mentioned to Jared that they had voted for him.

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Jared Polis at the Atlanta Bread Company

Jared Polis for Congress

The evening after we arrived in Denver, Colorado, Rae and I attended a meeting with Jared Polis at the Atlanta Bread Company restaurant in Northglenn. As I wrote in my previous entry, Jared is running for Congress this year. We’ve known each other since middle school in San Diego, and I’ve always known that he would one day be running for political office. So, I’m fortunate that I have the opportunity to accompany him during the final week of his Congressional campaign.

Here are some photos from tonight’s events. More to come as we march towards November 4, 2008!

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