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.”
Recent Press Coverage
Karl Hanlon wins Senate District 8 Democratic primary — Steamboat Pilot, June 30, 2020
Opinion | Karl Hanlon: It’s time we focus on rural Colorado — Summit Daily, June 17, 2020
Karl Hanlon says he is ‘fighting for rural Colorado,’ prioritizing health care and addressing the current economy — Summit Daily, June 16, 2020
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
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