Brianna Titone, Candidate for Colorado House District 27
Which office are you running for and where?
I’m running for Colorado House District 27 which covers the majority of Arvada west of Wadsworth.
When is your election day?
Election Day, November 6, 2018.
Why did you decide to run for public office? Did someone encourage or inspire you? If so, who?
I started volunteering in high school and college as a volunteer firefighter. I continued to volunteer my entire life, at the college radio station, at the Denver Botanic Gardens, as the HOA Board Member and President and as a member of Necrosearch International. I've studied Physics, Geology, Geochemistry and Software development and have traveled all 50 states and many places throughout the globe. My career choices and volunteer experiences have been rewarding and gratifying and have prepared me to take on greater responsibility and greater challenges. I will not idly watch the federal government's policies trickle down to Colorado.
Change and progress: two words that can mean a lot to a lot of different people. I’m running for this district because I recognize when things need to change – I know that I’m empowered to make that change, backed by the sea of voices calling for it in our district – and I’m willing to stand up, to advocate to be the change we all wish to see. I have always been a volunteer in my community and I want to be able to do more. I want to also ensure that progressive values are not diminished and that conservative values are not pushed on people.
Ultimately, Danica Roem inspired me to run for office because I knew I could do it after seeing her success. She is an inspirational pioneer and I am proud to walk in her footsteps.
What did you do before you decided to run? Where did you go to school? Tell us a little about your resume.
I’ve always had a job growing up. I started as a dishwasher at age 14 and had many different jobs throughout high school and college. After college and completing a BS in Geology and a BA in Physics, I went to grad school at Stony Brook University where I got my MS in Geochemistry. I worked for an environmental consulting firm for about 5 years, then came out to Denver to work as a mining consultant where I got opportunities to work on various projects in countries spanning the globe. Because of my dedication to serving the people, I wanted to become a Special Agent in the FBI but the process is long and although I was highly competitive, I got too old to continue. It was after that I realized that running for office was a way I could make a positive impact on my community.
What are your top 3 key initiatives/policies?
The top 3 issues for me are health care, education and civil rights/equality. I have been working very closely with the legislature last session, mainly on civil rights issues, giving testimony on several bills.
Tell us about a day in the life of your campaign or tell us your favorite story from the campaign trail.
I’ve found that one of the best things I can do is get my name out and have people talk about me. This is such a good way to get more name recognition when it comes to the election. I’ve been working very hard to be everywhere and meet everyone. Recently, I had a Drag Show fundraiser at a friend’s brewery in Denver and it was a smashing success. I had about 100 people attend and we raised nearly $3000. Many candidates came and the show of support was great from familiar faces to many new ones. When these events are pulled off, it makes all of the hard work I’ve been putting in seem to be paying off.
What is the biggest challenge you face as a candidate? Are there challenges you face that are unique to you as a woman candidate?
In my district, the population is older and more conservative. I think that there are many people that hold these values and may look more towards a male leader. It’s always difficult challenging an incumbent. As women, we have to challenge institutional oppression every day that still exists. We still have an uneven balance in our government in representation and I am working toward shifting that balance a little bit more towards equality.
What can women do to help you?
Women have come together in the past and have won battles for equality before, but our work is not done. We have so much more to do! I am looking for volunteers, contributors, and voters. They can use social media to invite their friends to like my Facebook page and to help me lift my voice up to reach more people.
Share a fun fact or two with us!
I never finished my private pilot training I started before coming to Colorado, but I’d like to someday. The highest elevation I’ve ever been on foot was 5,280m in the mountains of Peru.
Any additional thoughts?
As the first openly transgender woman to run for the state legislature, I feel a great responsibility to many groups of people to win my race and this helps drive me to work harder every day. People have always told me they are inspired by me and respect and admire my authenticity and honesty. I think that being yourself is a great way to earn the trust and respect of the voters and I’m so happy to be myself and inspire and encourage others to be their best.