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Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser and Secretary of State Jena Griswold talk with fellow Democrats at the state party's annual Obama Dinner fundraiser on Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Denver.

Democrats are accepting votes for the honorees for its next Obama Dinner on April 18.

The party listed 234 nominees in seven categories that listed rank-and-file members and volunteers to high-profile candidates and office holders.

The third annual awards gala is at Colorado Convention Center. Ticket information is available by clicking here.

Gov. Jared Polis is nominated for three awards: Democrat of the Year, the Outreach Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award. First gentleman Marlon Reis is nominated for the party's Rising Star Award, up against such notables as Denver City Councilmember Candi CdeBaca, U.S. Rep. Jason Crow, Aurora mayoral candidate Omar Montgomery and U.S. Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff.

Speaking of the highly contested Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, the field is well-represented among the Democrats' election-year award nominees.

Romanoff also is nominated for Democrat of the Year. Former Gov. John Hickenlooper is up for the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Trish Zornio is nominated in three categories: the Rising Star Award, the Outreach Award and the Rural Outreach Award. Stephany Rose Spaulding is a finalist for the Democrat of the Year, the Outreach and Rural Outreach awards. Lorena Garcia is up for the Rural Outreach Award.  

Former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb is among the nominees for the Lifetime Achievement Award. Attorney General Phil Weiser is nominated for Democrat of the Year, the Rural Outreach Award and the Rising Star honor. U.S. Rep. Jason Crow is nominated for Democrat of the Year and Rising Star.

Cast a vote for one person in each category by clicking here.

     

Democrat of the Year:

("This award is given to an individual who has stood out as a champion for building and growing the Democratic Party in Colorado, advocating for values and causes we believe in.")

  • Allison Hiltz
  • Andrew Romanoff
  • Ashley Wheeland
  • State Rep. Barbara McLachlan
  • Cheryl Cheney
  • Christopher Savin
  • Dana Torpey Newman
  • Lt. Gov. Dianne Primavera
  • State Rep. Dylan Roberts
  • Electra Johnson
  • Hazel Gibson
  • Gov. Jared Polis
  • U.S. Rep. Jason Crow
  • Secretary of State Jena Griswold
  • Jill Moore
  • John Bailey
  • Jorge Hernandez Arjona
  • Joe Salazar
  • Julia Marvin
  • Kaeley Moffatt
  • Kathy Ayala
  • Colorado House Speaker KC Becker
  • Kelsey Fritz
  • Kevin Kuns
  • Kristen Mallory Westerberg
  • Kristen Seidel
  • Laurie Ritchie
  • Colorado Senate President Leroy Garcia
  • Leslie Robinson
  • Lindsay Minter
  • Maria Keenan
  • Melissa Johnsen
  • Micha Rosenoer
  • Patti McLaughlin
  • Attorney General Phil Weiser
  • Ruth Clevenger
  • Stephany Rose Spaulding
  • Tay Anderson
  • State Rep. Tom Sullivan
  • Val Flores

     

Volunteer of the Year:

("This award is given to individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help elect Democrats in Colorado.")

  • Andy Kramer
  • Anne Markward
  • Betsy Daniels
  • Bruce Adams
  • Carolyn Blano-Losada
  • Cathy Lees
  • Christine Edwards
  • Christine Johnson
  • Cindy Lewis
  • Dana Miller
  • Darien Wilson
  • Dave Sabados
  • Dawn Reinfeld
  • Elaine Flournoy
  • Electra Johnson
  • Erin Kelley
  • Frank Parker
  • Hashim Coates
  • James Gilliam
  • James McNeil
  • Jessica Campbell-Swanson
  • Jessica Chauvin
  • Jessica Price
  • Joan Jacobson
  • Joe Zemek
  • Jorge Hernandez Arjona
  • Joy Cash
  • Julia Bristor
  • Karina Epstein
  • Kathleen Boyer
  • Kathryn "K8" Smith
  • Kathy Ayala
  • Kathy Tullman
  • Katie Malzbender
  • Kelsey Fritz
  • Ken Francis
  • Keri Ungemah
  • Kristin Mallory Westerberg
  • Kristen Seidel
  • Larry Cooper
  • Laura Reeves
  • Laurie Ritchie
  • Lindsay Minter
  • Lizzie Lario
  • Maria Keenan
  • Melissa Johnsen
  • Neil Allaire
  • Patrick Houston
  • Pat Laurie
  • Sandi Ault
  • Shauna Agnew
  • Sue Ballentine
  • Sue Zamora
  • Tom Fagan
  • Yuju Wang

     

Murphy Roberts Award:

("This award is given to a young individual under the age of 25 who has shown commitment and dedication to the values of the Colorado Democratic Party.")

  • Anna Sparlin
  • Braeden Miguel
  • Cidney Fisk
  • Emi Ambory
  • Jeeva Senthilnathan
  • Jorge Hernández Arjona
  • Macarena Villagomez
  • Mattias Didriksen
  • Olivia Thomas
  • Riley Judd

     

Rural Outreach Award:

("This award is given to individuals who have gone above and beyond to help the Democratic Party build and strengthen outreach relationships with diverse communities across Colorado, particularly outside of the Front Range.")

  • State Rep. Daneya Esgar
  • Electra Johnson
  • James Gillum
  • Jill Moore
  • Joe Ayala
  • U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse
  • Jorge Hernández Arjona
  • Julia Shaw
  • Kamala Vanderkolk
  • State Sen. Kerry Donovan
  • Kevin Kuns
  • Laurie Glouth
  • Leslie Dahlkemper
  • Lorena Garcia
  • Mary Dodd
  • Patti McLaughlin
  • Paula Ozzelo
  • Attorney General Phil Weiser
  • Shelia Canfield Jones
  • Stephany Rose Spaulding
  • Sue Kilgore
  • Susan Welk Valdez
  • Trish Zornio

     

Outreach Award:

("This award is given to individuals who have gone above and beyond to help the Democratic Party build and strengthen outreach relationships with diverse communities across Colorado.")

  • Beatriz Garcia Waddell
  • Dana Miller
  • Danielle Kombo
  • David Ortiz
  • Deborah Burgess
  • Electra Johnson
  • Hazel Gibson
  • James Gillum
  • Gov. Jared Polis
  • Jill Wildenberg
  • Jim Johnson
  • Karen Middleton
  • Kevin Kuns
  • John Dulles
  • Jorge Hernández Arjona
  • Josh Dixon
  • Kathy Ayala
  • Kathy Traylor
  • Kristen Mallory Westerberg
  • Kristen Seidel
  • Martin Valdez Gonzales
  • Mary Jefferson
  • Micha Rosenoer Massaro
  • U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet
  • Mike McDaniel
  • Mustafa Abdullah Koli
  • Nahome Yifru
  • Omar Montgomery
  • Raffi Mercury
  • Richard Henson
  • Shelia Canfield-Jones
  • Shenika Carter
  • Stephany Rose Spaulding
  • Tay Anderson
  • Trish Zornio
  • Val Flores
  • Wendy Howell

     

Rising Star Award:

("This award is given to an individual who demonstrates a true commitment to the future of the Colorado Democratic Party.")

  • Alison Coombs
  • Amy Long
  • Andrew Romanoff
  • Denver City Councilmember Candi CdeBaca
  • Carolyn Blanco-Losada
  • Dana Torpey-Newman
  • Dina Bardakh
  • State Rep. Dylan Roberts
  • Electra Johnson
  • State Rep. Emily Sirota
  • Guyleen Castriotta
  • Jack McFadyen-Ray
  • State Rep. James Coleman
  • Jasmine Ramirez
  • U.S. Rep. Jason Crow
  • Jeeva Senthilnathan
  • Jenny Sunderwirth
  • John Henry Vansant
  • Jordan Hohenstein
  • Jorge Hernández Arjona
  • Joseph Shelton
  • State Sen. Julie Gonzales
  • Kathy Ayala
  • Katrice Traylor
  • Kristen Seidel
  • Kristin Mallory Westerberg
  • Lauren Simpson
  • Leanne Wheeler
  • Louise Peterson
  • Maisha Fields
  • Marlo Alston
  • First Gentleman Marlon Reis
  • Meredith Phillips
  • Omar Montgomery
  • Attorney General Phil Weiser
  • Radika Nath
  • Rhiannon Duryea
  • State Rep. Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez
  • Sharon Kermiet
  • Tay Anderson
  • Theresa Tomich
  • Trish Zornio

     

Lifetime Achievement Award:

("This award is given to individuals who have shown a lifetime of commitment and dedication to the values of the Colorado Democratic Party.")

  • Alaine Ginocchio
  • Anne Murdaugh
  • Beverly Breakstone
  • Carol Burkhart
  • Carolyn Boller
  • Charles Bucknam
  • Cheryl Cheney
  • Clark Huff
  • State Treasurer Dave Young
  • Delana Mayes
  • Doug Schroeder
  • E. Anne Every
  • Everett Brinson
  • Evie Hudak
  • Gene Richards
  • Dorothy Rupert
  • Jane Banzin
  • Jane Goff
  • Gov. Jared Polis
  • Jenny Willford
  • Former Gov. John Hickenlooper
  • John Varn
  • Jorge Henandez Arjona
  • Julia Hicks
  • Laurie Glouth
  • Leslie Robinson
  • Mary Brice
  • Michael Cerbo
  • Mike Kromrey
  • Michael Merrifield
  • Patricia McDonald
  • Roland P. Williams
  • Sandra Pierce
  • Shelia Kowal
  • Wellington Webb
  • Zee Ferrufino

This story was updated to correct the spelling of Nahome Yifru's name.

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