Photography, Politics

Jared Polis – Freshman Congressman

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Jared Polis is featured on CNN today in an article on Freshman Congressman. When I was photographing the final week of his Congressional campaign, I asked him about the possibility of documenting his first 100 days of his Frosh year. The biggest stumbling block I saw was getting access to the real meat and potatoes of life on the Hill. For a single photographer, that would have posed a big problem, but if you’re CNN, I guess you can get the access you need!

Documenting Jared’s journey to the Capitol was an extremely rewarding experience. The trip came together very quickly at our friend Dave’s wedding a few weeks before the election. Sitting at our table, I asked the best man, “So, who’s documenting your election?” Jared responded that they’ve been so busy, they haven’t had anyone really doing it. I jumped at the opportunity to say that Rae and I should come up to Colorado to help out. Soon enough, I found myself in Colorado for a whirlwind week!

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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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Meridian Retirement Community

Mildred Walton and Jared Polis

Our last stop of the day was to The Meridian Retirement Community in Boulder. As at Northglenn Heights, the staff arranged for interested members to meet, greet, and ask questions to Jared. One of the attendees was Boulder native and 99-year old Mildred Walton. She’s turning 100 years old on November 7! That’s got to be a rare combination, a centenarian and a native of Boulder, Colorado!

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Northglenn Heights Assisted Care Center

Jared at the Northglenn Heights Assisted Care Center

For our final event of the morning, Jared made an appearance and spoke with members at two assisted living care centers. I wasn’t allowed to photograph at the first one, but I had ample opportunities to do so at the Northglenn Heights Assisted Living and Memory Care Center in Northglenn, Colorado.

Jared spoke with members there for a good hour, covering topics such as the war, the economy, and healthcare. The country clerk will be coming by later today or tomorrow to retrieve the members’ voting ballots. After his visit, perhaps Jared has secured a few more votes!

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The New America School Bus

Jared on the New America School bus

Following the Thornton Park-N-Ride event, we stopped by the local Starbucks to refuel and check email before the next event at two assisted living care centers. As we were leaving, we noticed a yellow school bus passing by. Jared waved to the bus, not realizing initially that it was actually from the Charter School he founded, the New America School! From its website, “The New America School is a system of publicly funded charter high schools. The mission of The New America School is to empower new immigrants and English Language Learners with the educational tools and support they need to maximize their potential and live the American Dream.” Jared founded the school back in 2004, and they have expanded to several locations in Colorado, with a new campus opening soon in New Mexico.

Jared ran over to the bus, which had stopped by the signal, and spoke with the students for several minutes. They all seemed pretty jazzed to see the person who started their school. As I have traveled with Jared around Colorado, I’ve been astounded by the impact he’s made around the state. From schools to Spanish-language theaters to the Jared Polis Foundation to various Internet companies, Jared is ready to make his mark in our government. I can’t wait to see what he will accomplish next!

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