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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis responds to divisiveness permeating state, Weld County

Tyler Silvy
Greeley Tribune
Governor Jared Polis, right, speaks with Greeley-Evans School District 6 superintendent Dr. Deirdre Pilch, left, as State Rep. Rochelle Galindo, D-Colo., looks on February 2019 at Jackson Elementary in Greeley.
Michael Brian, Greeley Tribune

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday pushed for a return to civility and promised to be a governor for all Coloradans during a phone interview with The Greeley Tribune.

Polis, Rep. Rochelle Galindo, D-Greeley, as well as a number of other Democratic legislators are subjects of recall attempts for what recall proponents say is legislative overreach since Democrats were swept into power this past November at all levels of Colorado government.

Democrats have drawn ire from Republicans, particularly in Weld County, for passing a National Popular Vote bill, comprehensive sex education, a red flag gun bill and a bill that promises sweeping oil and gas regulations.

Polis seems to understand the pushback, and spoke generally about the need for civility in politics.

“I want to show great respect for people like the Weld County Sheriff (Steve Reams) and others who disagree with bills,” Polis said. “I think he brings disagreement with a spirit of civility.”

Polis acknowledged his role as governor is to “heal that divide,” and he touched on things like health care and full-day kindergarten, which he said were uniting — not dividing — issues.

When asked about people who say he’s not their governor, and say he’s not being civil, Polis said he won his governor’s race by 11 points, adding that he would work to make the lives of all Coloradans better.

“I know 42 percent of Coloradans didn’t vote for me,” he said. “I want to save the people who didn’t vote for me money on health insurance.”

— Tyler Silvy is a content manager for The Greeley Tribune. Reach him attsilvy@greeleytribune.com. Connect with him at Facebook.com/TylerSilvy or @TylerSilvy on Twitter.