Jared Polis’ entry into the 2018 gubernatorial race shook things up earlier this month as the Boulder congressman competes with seven other contenders for the Democratic nod in the election.
Polis’ lucrative tech endeavors, online flower and greeting card companies promise to keep his campaign well funded. Worth over $90 million, he is one of the wealthiest members of the legislature. And if his 2008 campaign for the 2nd District is any indication, on which he spent more than $5 million of his own money, he won’t need to ask voters for much in terms of financial support.
But one of his strong pushes for economic growth, one of three he announced in his bid for governor, indicates that despite his wealth, he isn’t out of touch on the state’s needs.
“In talking about an economy that works for everybody, we’re talking about economic growth, but we’re also talking about making sure everyone can participate in that growth, because while our state has low unemployment, and some have done well, we need an economy that works for everyone, not just investors and CEOs. One of the things we’re touting is employee stock options and other forms of employee owner-ship to make sure that employees can share in the success when a company does well,” Polis said.