Bri Buentello, Candidate for Colorado House District 47
Which office are you running for and where?
House District 47. The district covers Fremont, Pueblo, and Otero Counties.
When is your election day?
November 6, 2018
Why did you decide to run for public office? Did someone encourage or inspire you? If so, who?
Hillary Clinton. She is an extremely strong and proud female leader, and I hope to emulate her grace under pressure.
What did you do before you decided to run? Where did you go to school? Tell us a little about your resume.
I am a public school teacher, and I have been for 8 years. I went to the University of Northern Michigan and Ft. Hays State University where I am on track to receive my doctorate in Education.
What are your top 3 key initiatives/policies?
I want to properly fund education here in Colorado. It is criminally underfunded and we must rectify this as soon as possible.
I am also focused on bringing strong, well-paying jobs to Southern Colorado. For a long time Pueblo has been a strong.
My 3rd priority is bringing high quality infrastructure to Southern Colorado. This includes rural broadband, green energy, public transportation, and more.
Tell us about a day in the life of your campaign or tell us your favorite story from the campaign trail.
My favorite story is from the day I declared to run. I was giving my first speech, and my 8 year old son, who is on the autism spectrum, went from holding my hand, to standing in front of my podium with his hands on his hips. He did that because before I speak, I strike that same pose to loosen up. When Noel was diagnosed, the doctors told me he wouldn’t speak, he would never be able to hold a pencil, tie his own shoes, nothing like that. Now, as I’m speaking, my son interrupted me. Standing in front of me, in a superman pose, Noel said “my mommy is going to work for everybody, so vote for her.” I wanted to run to help my students and their families, to make sure my son was treated with the dignity and respect of his peers, and in that moment, I knew I made the right decision to run.
What is the biggest challenge you face as a candidate? Are there challenges you face that are unique to you as a woman candidate?
My biggest challenge is raising enough money to compete in this Republican district. I do face a lot of sexism, both within and beyond the Democratic party. It’s also an issue I face as a Latina amongst my own community.
What can women do to help you?
We can use help with everything and anything! Door knocking, social media, digital, phone calls, donations, everything. We’re running a grassroots and lean campaign, and we will appreciate any help we can get.
Share a fun fact or two with us!
I graduated from college at 19 years old, and I was the youngest student ever admitted into my graduate school program!
I also speak German :)
Any additional thoughts?
I am very happy to have the chance to work with awesome women and help get more elected. We’ll only have enough female representation when we’re at 100%!