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Getting to Know CO Gov. Candidate Cary Kennedy

Colorado gubernatorial candidate Cary Kennedy will make education a top priority. She was the author of Amendment 23 that protected funding for Colorado schools and created the Building Excellent Schools Today program that has replaced and rebuilt over 380 schools across Colorado. She is honored to have the endorsement of the Colorado Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers.

Cary Kennedy's Education Plan

A great teacher for every classroom

Kennedy believes every kid in Colorado needs a great teacher in every classroom. Studies show Colorado is one of the ten least attractive states to work as a teacher because of low salaries, lack of support, and insufficient professional development. With one of the best economies in the country, Colorado can do so much better.

Raise teacher pay to the national average

As governor, Kennedy wants to raise teacher pay in Colorado at least to the national average and close the teacher pay penalty, which is the difference between what a teacher earns and other professionals with the same education.

Expand the educator talent pipeline and increase diversity

Research has shown significant benefits for students served by teachers who better represent the demographic makeup of their student populations. Kennedy wants to increase scholarships, apprenticeships, and concurrent enrollment to help Colorado recruit top talent into teaching, increase teachers of color and empower teachers to serve in their own communities.

Empower educators to be leaders

Support teachers and equip them to better prepare Colorado's students for the workforce and higher education. Kennedy says she will protect the rights of teachers and school staff to collectively bargain. She believes this is the best process to ensure their expertise and perspective is given equal weight in decision's that affect the success of schools and students.

Cary Kennedy Answers 20 Fun Questions on Life Outside of Colorado's Gubernatorial Campaign

Education voters definitely want to know a gubernatorial candidate's position on the issues. However, they are also curious about a candidate's personality and what they're like off the campaign trail. Colorado gubernatorial candidate Cary Kennedy gave Education Votes a glimpse into those areas when she sat down to answer 20 questions they asked to get a sense of the woman behind the campaign.

1. Who was the most influential educator in your life?

My High School English teacher who taught me to love good literature.

2. Name some of the songs on the soundtrack of your life?

"Wild Horses," The Rolling Stones – it's my ringtone!

3. What is your go to emoji?


4. What subject in school gave you the most trouble?


5. Which classes did you like the best?

English and Art.

6. Your best advice for a student graduating from college?

Call for the job interview. Call again. Call again. Call 11 more times. When they don't call you back it's because they're busy, not because they don't want to talk to you. Call again.

7. What's your favorite stress reliever?


8. What is your most treasured memento?

My kids' baby pictures.

9. A book you'd like to read again someday is?

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri.

10. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Former governor, living in the mountains.

11. The app you just can't live without?

Find my Friends to check up on the whereabouts of my teenagers.

12. When you're thirsty, you reach for?

Water, but if it's after five a margarita.

13. What's your guilty pleasure?

Gummy bears.

14. What is one thing you'd like to learn this year?

Where my daughter is going to go to college (she is a senior in high school).

15. What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

I like to paint watercolor.

16. What was your favorite book to read to your children?

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.

17. Who are your heroes?

Barack and Michelle Obama, Nelson Mandela, FDR.

18. How did you make your first dollar?

Busing tables at the Eggshell, a breakfast restaurant.

19. What quote do you live by?

"You must do the things you think you cannot do." – Eleanor Roosevelt.

20. What brings you the greatest joy?

My family.