Karl Hanlon — Democratic Candidate for Colorado’s Senate District 8

“We need to make state government work for our mountain communities. Climate change, health care costs and attacks on public lands threaten our way of life,” says Hanlon

NEWS RELEASE: Hanlon Campaign Announces Suspension of Fundraising Efforts in Support of Fire Relief Efforts

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. – Oct. 22, 2020 – The Hanlon For CO campaign announced today that they would suspend fundraising efforts immediately and for the duration of the 2020 campaign season. The campaign is asking supporters to redirect their donations to organizations combating Colorado’s East Troublesome Fire raging in Grand County – which has had severe impacts on the residents of Senate District 8.

“I started this campaign to be an advocate for the working families of Senate District 8, and our communities are facing the life and death impacts of climate change in our district today. It would be irresponsible not to do what we can to support our community when we have the chance,” said State Senate candidate Karl Hanlon.

“Fires don’t care if you are a Republican, Democrat or unaffiliated, so I’m calling on all campaigns in areas impacted by these fires to join me in supporting our communities. We are suspending our fundraising efforts and asking that donations for the duration of our campaign be directed to organizations providing relief in our communities,” Hanlon said.

From the outset of his campaign, Hanlon has made the nexus of protecting our public lands, combating climate change, and supporting our first responders a priority of his campaign. From his work as a water attorney on the western slope, to his endorsements from organizations like Conservation Colorado and the Colorado Professional Fire Fighters, this call to support our communities in this critical time reflects the issues Hanlon has advocated for on the campaign trail.

“I’m announcing this call to action for my fellow candidates and our supporters because sometimes it’s about just doing the right thing today, regardless of what happens tomorrow,” Hanlon said.

Those interested in donating to wildfire relief efforts are encouraged to contribute to the following:
The Grand Foundation Wildfire Emergency Fund
American Red Cross Western Wildfires Fund

For other opportunities to contribute to responding organizations financially, or volunteer with relief efforts, please consider visiting Colorado Responds.

Karl Hanlon, a rancher, water and municipal attorney, and family man from Carbondale in Garfield County, is the Democratic candidate for Colorado’s Senate District 8.

“I have spent a lifetime working hard both in and for the Western Slope. I would be honored to represent you at the Capitol so that rural Colorado has the voice we need right now and for generations to come. It is vital that we are heard.”

“What we need in our state senator is not someone rooted in the past, beholden to special interests and blind to creative solutions from tax reform to economic development. What we need is someone with deep roots in this district, real experience on the ground and the vision to see that the crisis we face today will not be solved by looking back, but instead by looking forward.”

About Karl

Karl Hanlon grew up in a ranching family in Jackson County raising cattle. Karl’s parents were children of the Great Depression who came of age fighting in WWII and working in factories. They raised their children to value hard work taught and the value of good education.

As a first-generation college student in his family, Karl received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wyoming. Karl then spent four years as a seasonal park ranger for the Colorado Division of Parks. Karl earned a law degree with an environmental certificate from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He returned to Colorado to practice water law on the West Slope.

Karl is currently the city attorney for Glenwood Springs, the town attorney for Silverthorne and is a partner at the firm Karp Neu Hanlon, P.C. His water law experience includes representing Glenwood Springs and Rifle in the negotiation of the Colorado River Cooperative Agreement.

Karl is also a husband and a father of four living on a small ranch in Carbondale. There, he and his wife Sheryl founded Smiling Goat Ranch, a nonprofit that brings children with autism and veterans with PTSD to interact with horses and other animals. He’s on the board of Aspen Public Radio, coaches CrossFit, and is an avid motorcyclist and skier.

About Senate District 8
Colorado’s vast State Senate District 8 includes Garfield, Summit, Routt, Grand, Moffat, Rio Blanco and Jackson Counties. From Rocky Mountain National Park and the Colorado River’s headwaters, to the I-70 corridor, to the state’s Northwest Corner, SD-8 includes a diverse range of communities with unique economic needs.

Support Karl’s Campaign
The CO State Senate race has a total combined individual contribution limit of $400 ($800 per couple). Please consider supporting Karl today via the Contribute button or sending a check to: Hanlon for Colorado, PO Box 3188, Glenwood Springs CO, 81602

PO Box 3188, Glenwood Springs, 81602

Paid for by Hanlon for Colorado. Registered Agent: Angelique Petterson