Candidate Q&A: Ed Perlmutter, for Congressional District 7


Profession : Attorney

Residence: Arvada

Party: Democrat


What makes you the best choice for this office?

I’m running to continue working on behalf of the hardworking folks of Adams and Jefferson Counties to fight this pandemic and ensure every person has the chance to succeed. This includes supporting affordable and accessible health care, public education, access to good jobs and the skills needed to get those jobs, and protecting our beautiful outdoors. I work hard to stay accessible to the people of the 7th district and find common ground to help our communities.

If elected, what would your top issue be?

My top priority is keeping our communities safe from COVID-19 and helping our economy recover from this pandemic. This means significant state and local investments, which includes our schools, in rebuilding our infrastructure, raising the minimum wage, expanding access to skills training and apprenticeships, increasing the ability of workers to collectively bargain, paid family leave, pay equity, overtime protections and much more. We need to renew our promise to our seniors by protecting Social Security and Medicare for generations to come.

If elected, what would you want to accomplish in order for you to consider the term a success?

Success to me would be providing hardworking folks relief during the pandemic and getting folks back to work as quickly as possible in order to help our communities recover, taking on climate change and passing into law the SAFE Banking Act. Critical to being successful is also listening and being accessible to our community. I’ll continue to work tirelessly to remain accessible in a responsible way like I’ve done hosting numerous virtual town halls during this pandemic and hosting virtual office hours to listen to the people of the 7th District.

With so many bipartisan House bills passed but ignored in the Senate this year, what is the best way for you to be effective in such an environment?

It’s been extremely frustrating seeing the Senate refuse to consider bills to address the challenges we face like increasing access to quality, affordable health care, increasing wages, reforming our broken immigration system, campaign finance reform, and common sense gun safety legislation. Even with these challenges, I’ve been able to get things done like helping firefighters determine the health risks of exposure to PFAS chemicals, ensuring Rocky Flats workers get the care and compensation they deserve, and assisting the people of the 7th District get the benefits they’re owed.

The majority of ballots cast for you will be mail-in. What is your view of pushing for more mail-in vote access across the country?

Colorado’s vote by mail system has been a monumental success with one of the highest turnout rates in the country leading to safe, secure, and accessible elections. I strongly believe that every other state should adopt our voting system to increase participation in our Democracy.


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