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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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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Munchkin Masquerade and Pearl Street

Jared at the Munchkin Masquerade in Boulder

On Friday afternoon, we attended the annual Munchkin Masquerade on Pearl Street in downtown Boulder, Colorado. Kids and parents of all ages were dressed in their Halloween Costumes. Jared, still in his Colorado Rockies #45 uniform, handed out candy to the kids and spoke with the parents about the upcoming election.

There were a lot of Marvel costumes this year; I spied several Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Hulk outfits worn by the little munchkins. I didn’t see too many adult Sarah Pallin’s, although there were three of them at the Halloween Party we attended in the evening (photos to come later from Jared and Marlon). Amy, who wore the red jacket and black skirt outfit, really stole the show at the party! Apparently, that was a popular costume this year!

We also stopped by the Fuser offices. Fuser, which was founded by Jared about three years ago, consolidates the inboxes of web-based email and social networks into one inbox. There were holding a Halloween contest themselves, and some of the great costumes include Owen Wilson, Kim Jong-Il, and a laid-off Wall Street worker.

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