Joe O’Dea gambles big on Colorado’s independent voters in bid to oust Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet
This election is very close between Democratic Senator Michael Bennet and Republican Senator Cory Gardner.
But, while many believe that the race is headed to a nail-biting finish in November, voters are now going to have a chance to choose a third senator from Colorado’s Third Congressional District—and that’s John Hickenlooper.
A Denver native who grew up in Steamboat Springs, Hickenlooper got an early education in politics from his grandfather, who passed on the torch to Hickenlooper in a way that many young political leaders would do well to emulate.
“(One of my grandfather’s) favorite words was ‘always do the right thing’,” Hickenlooper told The Colorado Sun. “Always do the right thing even when you don’t feel like it.”
Born into political life, Hickenlooper was brought up to believe in hard work and a lifetime of public service, but he never forgot his roots.
“I was raised with two things in my life: service and opportunity,” Hickenlooper said. “I think those are the two things that will shape me my long term.”
While in high school, Hickenlooper began working in his father’s tire business.
“The tire business was my first job, and I was making all the right decisions, just listening to what the client was saying,” Hickenlooper said. “People were looking to me to be part of the ownership.”
One day, Hickenlooper decided to quit a tire business that was only making a few dollars a day and take the tire business on full time.
“The first time I