Why it matters

The Colorado State Treasurer oversees the Department of the Treasury and acts as the state’s chief financial officer. The Department of the Treasury is responsible for receiving all revenues (taxes, fees, etc.), managing the state’s investment funds, and administering the state’s unclaimed property division. The State Treasurer also serves on the board of our Public Employee Retirement Association (PERA).

Democrat Dave Young, a progressive member of the Colorado State House, will face Republican Brian Watson in November.

Statewide races like this one only take place in midterm election years like 2018. There’s no nice way to say this: In the past, progressives have been absolutely terrible at turning out for these races, so Democrats often get clobbered when they run. With the exception of a brief window between 2007 and 2010, Republicans have held the State Treasurer’s office since 1995.

There is absolutely no reason for Democrats to be getting whooped this hard in a state that voted for Democratic presidential candidates three elections in a row and is turning bluer by the year. Colorado’s current State Treasurer Walker Stapleton (R) is term-limited, which means an open race in 2018.

Democratic State Treasurer candidate Dave Young
Democratic State Treasurer candidate Dave Young

How to help

Volunteer! Nothing helps candidates more than grassroots volunteers. Knocking doors, making calls, and helping staff on competitive campaigns is one of the biggest ways you can make a difference.

Donate! The only way to beat the Republican fundraising machine is with an army of small donors. Your donations help campaigns hire staff, organize volunteers, and get out the vote.

About the office

Term: 4 years
Term limits: 2 terms (8 years total)
Current State Treasurer: Walker Stapleton (R)
Term-limited in 2018

The Treasurer serves as the state’s chief financial offcer, overseeing the Department of Treasury. The Dept. of Treasury receives all revenues (taxes, fees, etc.), manages state in- vestment funds, and disburses payments.