Phil Weiser in Pueblo

Our Next Attorney General Must Take Action to Address Colorado’s Opioid Epidemic

Across our state, the opioid epidemic is destroying lives and ripping families apart. On average, another Coloradoan dies from an opioid overdose every 17 hours. In 2016, across the whole country, more people died of drug overdoses--the vast majority of which were from opioids--than American casualties in the Vietnam and Iraq Wars combined. More and more, Coloradans are becoming dependent on opioids and dying from overdoses. And, in many cases, we are responding to this crisis by putting opioid users in jail. We need to do better.

Today's crisis has many causes, and calls for innovative and compassionate responses. For starters, the pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors who encouraged the use of opioids-even though they knew the risks they posed-must be held accountable. In too many cases, an oversupply of these drugs found their way into the market-sold illegally by drug dealers and pill mills. An initial response, which is important, but inadequate, is to hold these drug dealers accountable for their unlawful behavior. Also, we must try to understand the impact of the availability of legal cannabis, which, according to a preliminary study, may be providing an alternative source of pain management and may be associated with a reduction in the number of opioid-related deaths by 6.5 percent since 2015. So the fact that more people are buying and smoking weed from businesses like Cheap Bud Canada could actually be decreasing the number of opioid users resulting in deaths. The legalisation of products such as full spectrum CBD oil and many others could also be linked to this decrease in deaths, and yet people argue that the availability of these drugs should be unlawful once more.

Under the leadership of our Governor, Colorado has taken some key steps to reduce the likelihood of individuals becoming dependent on opioids. Colorado has recently restricted access to opioids under its Medicaid program and has established locations where people can safely dispose of unused opioids. We are also-and must continue to step up-training our first responders on how to use the overdose-reversing drug naloxone. Additionally, the ability for the people of Colorado to have access to medical marijuana, from or from other facilities in the state, is something we should continue to grow upon.

As our next Attorney General, I will address the opioid epidemic by approaching it as a public health crisis. While punishing drug dealers is appropriate, the jailing of opioid users-now widespread in Colorado-is harsh and ineffective. We need our leaders across state and local government to use a range of innovative strategies to support drug treatment options. This may include the use of cannabinoid products and derivatives, such as live resin products, or it may take a more therapeutic approach. And we also need to work to decrease the likelihood that people become dependent on opioids in the first place.

Holding Pharmaceutical Companies Responsible

Over the last 20 years, the increased access to opioids was very profitable for many pharmaceutical companies (as explained in this article.) In Colorado, we saw a 100 percent increase in the number of opioid prescriptions between 1999 and 2016. And during that time, the number of overdoses also went up drastically: over 200 percent by 2014.

As the Washington Post reported, a number of distributors didn't take the Drug Enforcement Agency's efforts seriously. They went to Congress to override the DEA's authority to regulate this dangerous behavior. Thankfully, a number of State Attorneys General's offices have either opened investigations or brought actions against these companies for distributing opioids that they knew or should have known would end up creating dependencies and/or end up in the hands of drug dealers. As Attorney General, I will take action to hold these companies accountable. By winning such cases, Colorado will receive financial support that it can use to support drug treatment, which is an important part of addressing this crisis.

Addressing Illegal Drug Trafficking

For those engaging in illegal drug trafficking, we must hold them accountable. From 2011-15, the amount of heroin seized annually in Colorado rose over 2,000% and the number of heroin-related deaths more than doubled. As Attorney General, I will investigate and prosecute bad actors in the prescription opioid supply chain, and collaborate with local, state, and federal law enforcement to punish those making money by selling such dangerous drugs. The Attorney General's Office can support the prosecution of drug dealers by assisting rural counties in investigating, prosecuting, and preventing the manufacturing, trafficking, and distribution of opioids. Finally, we need to oversee the opioid supply chain, ensuring that excess amounts of opioids are not allowed to be diverted to illegal uses.

Moving to a Public Health Model

For those who are using and addicted to opioids, the essence of a public health mindset is to evaluate how to approach opioid users with an eye toward providing treatment opportunities, not a jail sentence. Under the Governmental Entrepreneurial Leadership Accelerator program I founded, a team developed a model for reaching out to opioid users who congregate in the Denver Public Library. This team, which had two law enforcement officials on it, developed a strategy for pairing a police officer with a mental health professional. Similarly, the Longmont Department of Public Safety now supports the Police-Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative, which connects low-level offenders with law enforcement officers specially trained to help them obtain treatment.

A number of communities in Colorado have developed drug courts, enabling those abusing opioids to get the help they need rather than face a prison sentence. As Attorney General, I will work with leaders around the State-including our District Attorneys, County Sheriffs, public health officials, and mental health professionals to encourage diversion efforts to drug treatment as opposed to criminal sentences wherever possible. I will also seek to bring drug treatment and mental health services to jails and prisons for those who present a threat to society or have committed serious crimes and need treatment.

Providing Support for Drug Treatment

As our next Attorney General, I will support drug treatment through a multi-faceted approach, in addition to obtaining money from successful suits against pharmaceutical companies. I will work to protect the Affordable Care Act, which provides some Medicaid-funded treatment options for people who are dependent on opioids. I will also work to strengthen Medicaid, providing more support for those in drug treatment. I will take steps to make sure that insurance companies support drug treatment, and I will ensure that they do not defy federal laws that require them to provide parity in access to life-saving substance abuse treatment.

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Few issues involve the trauma and raw emotion of the opioid epidemic. In many groups I speak with, a large number of those in the room are directly affected by this crisis, with family members' dependent on opioids or a casualty of an overdose. We need our next Attorney General to make this issue a top priority, collaborating with leaders across our state to hold the pharmaceutical companies accountable for their part in this crisis, working effectively to punish drug dealers, and treating those dependent on opioids with a public health mindset. That's why creating and supporting drug treatment opportunities will be a central goal of my leadership on this issue.

Garrison Ortiz, Pueblo County Commissioner


"When I met Phil Weiser, I was impressed by his sincere interest in understanding the issues facing Pueblo and how he could work with us on important issues. His commitment to addressing the opioid crisis is a powerful reason why we need him as our next Attorney General. Phil's commitment to working together to solve this issue and other ones facing our community is unique and comes from the heart. That's why I am supporting him to be our next Attorney General."

Pueblo Chieftain, Colorado faces crisis in opioid epidemic, Op-Ed by Phil Weiser

Women's March 2018

The Important Role of Our AG in Fighting for Equal Rights for Women - Women's March 2018

Our nation’s vision of equal opportunities for all is a core part of my life’s work. To translate that vision into reality, our country needs dedicated leadership committed to equality for all Americans. For me, a role model for such leadership is Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whose work as a lawyer and as a Supreme Court Justice make her a leader in the battle against discrimination and for equality. Working with her when she wrote the opinion requiring the Virginia Military Institute to admit women remains a highlight of my life.

As Colorado’s next Attorney General, I will prioritize the battle for women’s rights and equality for all through the following measures:

  • The Colorado Attorney General’s office will work hard to ensure that women are treated equally in the workplace,
  • The AG’s office will be a leader in supporting women in the workplace.
  • The AG’s office will work with the legal and business community to drive best practices around diversity and inclusion.

To work with me on this core goal, I will create a new executive leadership position on Community Engagement, Workplace Culture, and Diversity: the AG Office Leader on Culture. This position, which will report directly to me, will oversee efforts to ensure diversity and inclusiveness in the office and lead our community in driving behavior toward best practices by using the power of the AG’s office to convene leaders in our legal and business communities. In short, the Attorney General’s office will not only effectively enforce the laws protecting women in the workplace; it will also lead by example and through the use of its moral authority. While the measures discussed in this post focus on the imperative of protecting women in the workplace, many of them also will address diversity and inclusiveness concerns related to race and ethnicity as well. A subsequent post will focus more directly on these issues.

Fighting for Equal Treatment in the Workplace

Lilly Ledbetter, who was a manager at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, discovered years into her job that she was paid considerably less than men in the same position. She brought a lawsuit to challenge this discrimination. The Supreme Court ultimately ruled against her claim, saying that she failed to bring the action—which she had no way to know about—until after the 180-day filing requirement. In a passionate dissent, Justice Ginsburg sharply criticized the majority’s ruling and urged Congress to fix the problem.

The Lilly Ledbetter story underscores the continuing challenge of equality for women. When women enter a profession historically dominated by men, equal treatment doesn’t immediately follow. Here’s how Ginsburg later described Lilly Ledbetter’s situation: “It’s the story of almost every working woman of her generation, which is close to mine. She is in a job that has been done by men until she comes along. She gets the job, and she’s encountering all kinds of flak. But she doesn’t want to rock the boat.”

Although Lilly Ledbetter’s case didn’t end well for her, Justice Ginsburg’s dissent was heard by Congress and President Obama. The first law President Obama signed was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. Unfortunately, even the guarantee of equal pay for women cannot be realized unless—like in Ledbetter’s case—women have access to the necessary data regarding salaries in their workplaces.

Equal pay for equal work is still not yet the norm in our country. According to one recent study, for example, the median annual pay for women working full-time year-round is $40,742, compared to $51,212 for men working full-time year-round. As Justice Ginsburg explained in her dissent in the Ledbetter case, if women cannot learn that their male colleagues with similar experience are getting paid more for the same work, they cannot claim their right to equal pay. Fortunately, in 2008, Colorado became the fourth state in the country (it’s now one of 13 states) to enact a law protecting workers who share pay information from discrimination and retaliation. But many employers and employees still don’t know about these protections. As Attorney General, I will vigorously enforce this law and the rights of workers to learn about potential pay disparities.

Gender Equity and Inclusiveness in the Legal Profession

When I interviewed Justice Ginsburg at the University of Colorado Law School, I asked her about the number of women on the Supreme Court. In answering my question, she remarked that the right number of women on the Supreme Court is nine. For a long time, she explained, all nine seats were occupied by men, so why not have nine female Justices? Thanks to President Obama, there are now three women on the Supreme Court. But there still is a ways to go before we achieve RBG’s vision for the Court.

When I graduated law school in 1994, there were an equal number of women in my class as men. My assumption was that, with the benefit of equal numbers of men and women graduating law school, we would soon overcome the historically underrepresented role of women in leadership positions, including on the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, 23 years later, women are still significantly underrepresented in the leadership ranks of nearly every sector of the legal profession: law firm partnerships, general counsel, judgeships, law school deans, etc.

During my time at the University of Colorado Law School, I prioritized diversity and inclusion, working with leaders in our community on a number of initiatives. I partnered with, for example, the Colorado Women’s Bar Association on programs that supported women in the profession and my efforts to support and mentor our Latino students earned recognition from the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association. As Attorney General, I will follow in the tradition of past Democratic Attorneys General, JD MacFarlane and Ken Salazar, by making diversity and inclusion a hallmark of my tenure.

The Attorney General’s office should and can be a proactive leader in supporting women in the workplace. Moreover, our Attorney General should be a leader in our community, encouraging law firms, in-house law departments, and companies to drive toward best practices. My newly created executive-level appointee, the AG’s Office Leader on Culture, will work with me to serve as a leader on community engagement, workplace culture, and diversity.

The AG’s Office Leader on Culture

The AG’s Office Leader on Culture will spearhead a range of activities in the office and in the community to promote diversity and inclusion:

  • First, the AG’s Office Leader on Culture will conduct bias training, identify situations where individuals are not able to participate effectively, and host bias workshops to encourage equal and fair treatment. For any workplace and particularly the AG’s office, it is important to support everyone and enable them to contribute effectively and to advance without barriers (including implicit biases).
  • Second, we need to create flexible and alternative structures that allow individuals to work effectively while taking care of children or elderly parents. At the University of Colorado Law School, I allowed for flexibility in the workplace so that professionals could thrive at home and at work; I will do the same at the AG’s office, working with the AG’s Office Leader on Culture to ensure that we have appropriate policies for all professionals to perform their work effectively.
  • During my time as Dean, I appreciated the need to mentor all of our faculty, staff, and students because I recognized that many individuals do not get the coaching, mentorship, sponsorship, and access to information they need when they are not a part of traditional networks. To ensure that the Attorney General’s office evaluates and supports individuals based on talent, the AG’s Office Leader on Culture will create and implement coaching, mentorship, and leadership development programs and ensure that they are afforded to everyone in the office.
  • Finally, I will work with the AG’s Office Leader on Culture to make clear that sexual and gender harassment will not be tolerated. Whether the harassment is a “come on” or a “put down,” it is unacceptable. Such insults have the effect of undermining women. If allowed to fester, gender-based comments can lead to lower productivity, higher job stress, lower psychological well-being, and increased turnover. To eradicate sexual and gender harassment, we will regularly survey and interview individuals working at the Attorney General’s office to assess their experiences and root out mistreatment of women.


Fighting for Equality Is a Team Effort

As Colorado’s next Attorney General, I will work with our community to make Colorado a model of fighting for diversity and inclusion. This means that we must address pay inequities and work to provide women with equal opportunities to advance and succeed. For the Attorney General’s office, and the legal and business communities, a more respectful and inclusive work environment is long overdue and will lead to a more productive and effective workplace. But it will not happen without dedicated leadership and a vigilant focus on achieving this important goal.

Under my leadership and the AG’s Office Leader on Culture, the Attorney General’s Office will not only enforce the laws requiring equal treatment of women in the workplace, we will lead the community by example. Moreover, the Attorney General has tremendous power to convene and to lead through the moral authority of the office. This means that successful programs developed at the Attorney General’s office—or elsewhere in our State—need to be celebrated and disseminated to other workplaces. As our next Attorney General, I will engage with employers across our state to develop and spread best practices in the treatment of employees and I will champion diversity and inclusion efforts.

Phil Weiser

AG Candidate Phil Weiser Committed to Both Caucus And Petition Ballot Access Process

Phil Weiser, Democratic candidate for Colorado Attorney General, announced that he is committed to seeking his party’s nomination both through the caucus-and-assembly process and through a statewide petition plan. Phil issued the following statement statement explaining his decision to take this “all-of-the-above” approach.

“From the very start of this campaign, I have involved and engaged as many Coloradans as possible. Many leaders in our party and citizens have emphasized to me that, for Democrats to be successful in 2018, we need to build as much support as possible.  To do just that, I am choosing an all-of-the-above approach to getting on the ballot, enabling more people to be a part of my campaign.

As a participant in our caucus and County and State Assembly process in past campaigns, I am looking forward to engaging our party’s leaders in that process as a candidate in this race.  The caucus process provides citizens with an opportunity to hear from each and every candidate.  I look forward to meeting with and learning from them and to working my hardest to earn their support.

To broaden our outreach, we will also conduct a statewide, volunteer-driven petition campaign to help get our message out statewide. With more than 600 volunteers, we are in a position to use this process to talk to voters in every part of the state, share my vision for the Attorney General’s office, and expand our team.  Building such support will enable us to prevail in November, when we will need to build on and expand our volunteer network around the State.”


Phil Weiser is the Hatfield Professor of Law,  Dean Emeritus, and the Founder and Executive Director of the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado Law School. He served in the Obama Administration as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice and as Senior Advisor for Technology and Innovation at the White House’s National Economic Council. Phil lives with his wife and two children in Denver.

250 Days

It's already been 250 days

I entered the race for Attorney General 250 days ago, and we’re approaching the halfway mark to the general election. We continue to build support and momentum each and every day across Colorado.  And today is also a milestone because it’s the first day we can collect petition signatures to ensure we are on the ballot. We have events across Colorado where you can sign a petition. I’d love your help!

Whether in a room of 200 people or talking one-on-one to a supporter at a local coffee shop, your support is powerful, and I can’t thank you enough for being on my team.

Our grassroots supporters, energize me and help drive me to work hard on this journey. Yes, the 748 iced teas are also giving me caffeine and fuel, but our supporters are the real secret sauce for this campaign. The more connected we are, the better chance our campaign has at winning.

I hope you’ll take a minute to like our Facebook page and share our content with your friends so that they too can stay connected with our campaign through content like this graphic with our updated stats (hey, no lost luggage this time!).

250 Days

Phil Weiser at MLK Jr. Marade

The Fight for Equal Justice for All

As the state’s top law enforcement officer, the Colorado Attorney General is sworn to uphold the United States and Colorado Constitutions. As your next Attorney General, it will be my job to advance the principles of justice, freedom, equality, and fairness for all. I take this commitment very seriously.

Our nation’s vision of equal opportunities for all is a core part of my life’s work. To translate that vision into reality, our country needs dedicated leadership committed to equality for all Americans. Across the nation, State Attorneys General have stood up for equal rights when our freedoms are under assault.  As your next Attorney General, I will defend the rights of Coloradans and stand up for civil rights against federal overreach.

When one of us is subject to illegal discrimination, we are all at risk. This commitment is why we must challenge the Trump Administration’s travel ban as well as its ban on transgender individuals serving in the military -- both of which violate our nation’s commitment to equal justice under law.  In both cases, our current Colorado Attorney General failed to challenge the Trump Administration’s actions.

As our next Attorney General, I will prioritize the battle for equal rights for all—regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion. In particular, I will:

  • STAND UP against failures at the national level to provide equal justice for all.
  • CONFRONT hate crimes.
  • FIGHT to ensure that all individuals are treated equally in the workplace.
  • LEAD by example in supporting people of all races, ethnicities, identities, and religions in the workplace; and
  • PARTNER with the legal and business community to drive best practices around diversity and inclusion.
Fighting for Equality in the Workplace

Under my leadership, the Colorado Attorney General’s office will work to ensure that everyone is treated equally in the workplace. We will enforce the laws requiring equal opportunity for all in the workplace, and we will lead the community by example.

To work with me on the core goal of advancing equality, I will create a new executive leadership position on Community Engagement, Workplace Culture, and Diversity:  the AG Office Leader on Inclusive Excellence.  This position, which will report directly to me, will oversee efforts to ensure diversity and inclusiveness in our office. The AG Office Leader on Inclusive Excellence will also use the power and visibility of the AG’s office to convene leaders in our legal and business communities, thus helping to lead our community in identifying and implementing best practices for equal opportunity, diversity, and inclusiveness in all workplaces.  Moreover, I will not only work hard to recruit, hire, and promote diverse individuals at the Attorney Generals’ office, I will work to address the pipeline problem (of too few diverse attorneys) by partnering with organizations like Si Se Puede (Yes We Can)—an organization I worked with while Dean at CU Law School—to mentor college students from diverse backgrounds to encourage and support them in attending law school.

In short, the Attorney General’s office will effectively enforce the laws protecting all individuals in the workplace. I will also make sure that it leads by example and through the use of its moral authority.

Standing Up Against Hate

We in Colorado value the ethos of our nation’s motto:  E Pluribus Unum (out of many, one). In Colorado, we pull for one another to thrive and believe we all deserve a fair chance to succeed in life.  In one of our proudest moments, Colorado Governor Ralph Carr opposed the internment of Japanese-American citizens during World War II.

But unfortunately, hate crimes remain all too prevalent in the United States in general, and in Colorado in particular. In the last year, reported hate crimes in Colorado targeted African-Americans, transgender individuals, and Muslims, among others.  These hate crimes took place at homes, on the job, and at places of worship.

We must all call out evil when it emerges. To prevent and address hate crimes, we need leaders who are willing to take an active role. When leaders step forward and act swiftly in the wake of a hate crime, victims feel supported, community members feel safer, and action and dialogue can follow.  By contrast, leaders’ silence on these issues leaves victims feeling ignored and vulnerable, and may further encourage perpetrators.

To win the battle for equality, we must fight white supremacy and other forces for hate in our society.  As our next Attorney General, I will do just that.

I will fight to prevent hate crimes by working with the Colorado legislature to strengthen our hate crimes laws, by working with law enforcement to ensure and improve training on effective hate crimes investigations, and by supporting a broader public education campaign about the importance of standing up to hate.

As Attorney General, I will work with the state legislature to ensure that we have hate crime legislation allowing the Attorney General to pursue a broad spectrum of civil remedies, as is available in other states. Such legislation helps victims receive faster relief, as well as relief in cases where they are unable to secure private counsel themselves. Enabling the Attorney General to seek civil remedies also helps bring increased public attention and understanding to hate crimes issues through the state’s involvement.

My office will also work closely with law enforcement to ensure they have proper training to enable them to investigate possible hate crimes effectively, thoroughly, and with sensitivity towards victims.  The Attorney General’s office houses the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) program that trains Colorado law enforcement officials. This program can play an important role in helping law enforcement officers to ask the right questions and to be sensitive to the issues facing hate crime victims.  Under my leadership, it will also play an important role in training law enforcement officials to be aware of their own biases (particularly unconscious ones) and not unnecessarily escalate situations.

Fighting for Equal Justice for All

As Colorado’s top lawyer, I will fight hard for equal justice under law (meaning everyone is treated equally and fairly) and against governmental abuses of power.  Our nation’s commitment to equal protection for all, while adopted in our Fourteenth Amendment in 1868, remains a work in progress. As Martin Luther King Jr. famously noted: “The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”  As our next Attorney General, I will work hard to ensure equal treatment in the workplace, address hate crimes, and stand up for equality.  Please join my campaign to ensure that I can help lead this effort.

Words from a Few Team Phil Members on His Commitment to Equal Opportunity
Maxine Burkett, former University of Colorado Law Professor mentored by Phil

"When Phil helped recruit me to Colorado Law and served as a mentor, he made the law school and law teaching a more welcoming opportunity.  That spirit of engagement and support is something Phil has offered me--and many others--throughout my career.  At this challenging time for our nation, we need leaders like Phil, who truly cares about treating people fairly, supporting everyone, and finding innovative solutions to important issues.  Colorado will be well served by having Phil as its next Attorney General."

Franz Hardy, former Chair of the Law Alumni Board and Partner at Gordon & Rees

"Colorado needs Phil Weiser as its next Attorney General. When Phil was the Dean at Colorado Law School, I worked with him to set up our first ever alumni diversity committee, focused on recruiting more diverse students, helping those students find employment opportunities, and recruiting more diverse faculty.  Phil took that work personally, going to bat for our diverse students and earning recognition from the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, among other groups.  What comes through in Phil's work is that he truly cared about every student and worked tirelessly to ensure that they had a good experience.  I know that he will be similarly effective as our next Attorney General."

Glen “G” Matthews, former law student and attorney at Martinez Law Group
Lisa Neal Graves, Denver attorney, former law student, business executive, and Team Phil’s original Field Director
Read Phil's Op-Ed in the Denver Weekly News

January 11, 2018, 2017 #922 (Page 08)

Phil Weiser in Pueblo

Weiser Builds Deep Pueblo Support for His Attorney General Campaign

When Phil Weiser kicked off his campaign to be Colorado's next Attorney General on May 20th, 2017, he did so in Pueblo, Colorado. Phil explained that both Ken Salazar and JD MacFarlane, the two Democrats elected Colorado Attorney General in the last 70 years, both mentored him and emphasized how important Pueblo is to Colorado. That's why Phil opened his campaign in Pueblo and has come back regularly since, including for Wally Stealey's memorial service. Both Salazar and MacFarlane have endorsed Weiser, calling him the best person to follow in their footsteps by serving as the lawyer for all of the people of Colorado.

After Phil's speech in May, he stopped by Josh Luna's law school graduation party. As the Chieftain has explained, Josh is a very special young lawyer. He graduated first in his class from University of Colorado Law School where Phil was the Dean. More impressively, his classmates-many of whom came to his party-celebrated at graduation his collaborative spirit and commitment to serving others. At the graduation party, Phil spoke about his own family history and how it drove him to public service (Phil's mom and grandparents survived the Holocaust before coming to this country) and bonded with the Luna family, including Josh's grandmother, who served as the Otero County Clerk. One person at that party was Pueblo City Councilman Dennis Flores, who struck up a friendship with Phil and is now a leading supporter in Pueblo.

Pueblo was not new to Phil, who had visited as the Dean of the University of Colorado Law School Dean and helped Josh's sister Tonya secure a post-graduate fellowship with Colorado Legal Services. At Phil's campaign visits to Pueblo, local Colorado Law alums and local Democratic activists have remarked that, unlike some running for political office, we know that Phil will care about Pueblo once he is in office because he cared about Pueblo before he became a candidate. Another supporter of Phil's is Dennis Maes, whose distinguished career included his service as a judge, practicing lawyer, and now School Board Member. Judge Maes knew Phil from his leadership at Colorado Law and praised his support for all parts of Colorado, his commitment to diversity and inclusiveness (which earned Phil an award from the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association), and his innovative leadership. Taylor Voss, also a member of the School Board, endorsed Phil as well, citing his leadership in the entrepreneurship community and his commitment to supporting Pueblo.

Finally, Phil has earned the support of two current Pueblo County Commissioners (Garrison Ortiz and Sal Pace) and one former County Commissioner (Anthony Nunez). Both Commissioners Ortiz and Pace explained that they were endorsing Phil because of his sincere engagement in understanding the issues facing Pueblo and his interest in working with the Pueblo County Commission on important issues.

"Pueblo is a vital community here in Colorado, it is essential to our past, present, and future, and I am committed to working with leaders here to support a vibrant future," Weiser explained. "I am honored to have the support of a terrific group of leaders. My commitment to Pueblo will continue long past this election and will include working on opportunities, such as improving education, job training, and infrastructure (be it by bringing it up to Mirantis standards or to similar measures) as well as taking on challenges, such as the opioid crisis. Like Ken Salazar and JD MacFarlane, I will be an Attorney General who works collaboratively with leaders across our State to represent all of the people of Colorado. We have enough political games in Washington. We need our leaders here, like the tremendous individuals supporting me on this journey, to focus on innovative problem solving. I look forward to working with them in the years ahead."