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!