POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT

Where the Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate stand on key Colorado issues ahead of primary

Rivals John Hickenlooper and Andrew Romanoff are offering distinct choices for voters ahead of the June 30 election

  Race & Immigration


 

Q:

RACISM

What policies do you support putting in place to address systemic racism?

Background: The death of George Floyd ignited conversation about racism in America and in the campaign, forcing the candidates to draft plans for how to address inequities and structural barriers for people of color.

 

Equity for all

A: Hickenlooper released an “equity for all” plan that calls for improving access to health care for people of color, as well as investing in education; supporting entrepreneurs of color; addressing police brutality; and reforming Colorado’s criminal justice system. He said he would support the Health Equity and Accountability Act to address the health of minority populations. He also supports reparations for African-Americans.

 

 

 

Eliminate discrimination

A: Romanoff released a plan to address systemic racism by creating an equitable justice system that calls for strengthening the enforcement of federal civil rights laws. He also released a detailed proposal to increase police accountability that includes the elimination of racial profiling. He supports reducing funding for police departments and diverting the money to other community programs. He also supports reparations for African-Americans and indigenous people.

 

 

Q:

IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT

What changes do you support at the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency and should state and local law enforcement cooperate with federal immigration authorities?

Background: The aggressive efforts of the federal immigration agency known as ICE is prompting states like Colorado to explore limits on their authority. Federal authorities say such moves amount to sanctuary policies.

 

Wants to reform ICE

A: As governor, Hickenlooper signed legislation granting in-state tuition to people in the DACA program and grant driver’s licenses to immigrants in the country illegally. He was vocal about opposing Trump’s decision to end DACA. Moving forward, he supports dramatic reforms to ICE and a delay in deportations and detainments amid the coronavirus.

 

 

 

Wants to abolish ICE

A: He supports abolishing ICE and wants to protect the rights of asylum seekers and refugees. As Colorado House speaker, he supported a bill at the state level that cracked down on immigrants in the country illegally -- as a way to avoid a harsher ballot measure -- but said he now regrets making that political compromise.

 

 

The Candidates


Click a candidate to see where they stand.


 

John Hickenlooper

John Hickenlooper

Former Colorado governor and Denver mayor   

Andrew Romanoff

Andrew Romanoff

Former state House speaker and director Mental Health Colorado