SAIRA RAO TURNS IN MORE THAN 1,700 PETITION SIGNATURES

SAIRA RAO TURNS IN MORE THAN 1,700 PETITION SIGNATURES

SAIRA RAO’S CONGRESSIONAL CAMPAIGN TURNS IN MORE THAN 1,700 PETITION SIGNATURES TO COLORADO SECRETARY OF STATE’S OFFICE

Rao’s campaign gained the support of several hundred unaffiliated voters during drive

Denver, CO, March 5th, 2018 — Democrat Saira Rao (www.SairaForCongress.com) announced today that her campaign turned in their petition for ballot access in Colorado’s First Congressional District, having collected more than 1,700 signatures from registered Democrats.

Field and Outreach Director Jordan Bresson, who left her four-year organizing job at Conservation Colorado to join the campaign, said, “So many unaffiliated voters wanted to sign our petition. Only registered Democrats are allowed to sign, but it’s safe to say we met more than a few hundred independents who are voting for Saira in June.”

The campaign was meticulous about quality-controlling the petition process, crossing off voters that appeared to be registered as non-partisan or had moved but failed to update their voter registration.

“I didn’t even let my team count messy handwriting in our nightly reports,” Bresson added. “We’re not taking our chances.”

Said Rao, “This campaign is about giving everyone a seat at the table and making Colorado a progressive leader in national politics. I’m so grateful to everyone who helped make this happen, and I look forward to a robust primary and healthy debates on healthcare, criminal justice reform, and getting corporate money out of the Democratic Party.”

“We’re keeping in touch with every person we interacted with during the petition drive,” said JoyAnn Ruscha, Rao’s campaign manager. “We feel awesome about the positive feedback we got in the field and we’re excited about participating in Colorado’s first open primary.”

Colorado’s primary is on June 26th, 2018. Unaffiliated voters will be eligible to participate in the Democratic primary for the first time.

To date, Saira Rao has earned the support of over 750 individual donors.

Saira’s platform is available at SairaforCongress.com/platform

About Saira Rao

Saira Rao (www.SairaForCongress.com) is a Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress in Colorado’s District 1. The daughter of immigrants, Saira is an entrepreneur and social justice activist who built her career around empowering marginalized communities. Her company, In This Together Media, sources and shepherds to publication children’s books featuring brown, black, LGBTQ, poor, disabled, and female protagonists. She and her husband Shiv live in Denver with their two children, Lila and Dar, and their dog, Hector.

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