Brian Watson who is running for Colorado treasurer with Christina Whalen. Photos by Scottie Iverson
BY SCOTTIE TAYLOR IVERSON
David Flaherty, CEO Magellan Strategies shared information with Cherry Creek Republican Women (CCRW). He explained that the company has enjoyed tremendous growth in the business of prediction data marketing and it conducts polls all-around the country. Magellan has been in business 26 years and in Colorado for 12 years. He asked the audience if it thought Jared Polis was the automatic Democrat front runner for governor. Cary Kennedy might be the surprising choice and we all know now what happened. Democrat candidates, according to the company’s surveys, care about health care (including cost), ending gun violence, funding for mental health, rising housing costs and immigration – feeling the wall is not humane. “Why Gov. Hickenlooper is loved,” said Flaherty “is that he is perceived as helping Coloradoans.”
He cautions candidates to understand what voters care about and empathize rather than preach. The Democrats attract more women (three out of 10 compared to one out of five for Republicans). Female voter registration reveals that 35 percent are Democrat, 29 percent are Republican, and 35 percent are unaffiliated. Unaffiliated women determine the outcome. They view the world differently and their order of concern is: health care (plans and rising prescription costs), education (know the pay scales because they care about teachers being paid more) and the cost of housing (not restricting growth, but a balance since population growth is driving everything.) Voter registration is declining. “It’s about data. Address the problem and do something about it,” said Flaherty.
Speaker Magellan Strategies’ David Flaherty, Aurora City Council’s Francoise Bergan and 18th Judicial District DA George Brauchler who is running for Colorado attorney general.
Jessie Carrera, new volunteer coordinator for Arapahoe County GOP; Winfred “Win” Deal who is running for Arapahoe County Commissioner and Dahlia Weinstein who is running for HD 41.
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