Running for office completely changed the way I look at political donations and how I judge candidates by their donations. I’d like to share with you a candidate’s view of the donation process, how I pitched for donations, and then talk about the different emotional responses to different donations. …

In 2018 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and I both decided to do something bold — we ran for office. But that is where our similarities end.

I ran in Colorado’s HD-44. When I moved here in 2003 Democrats didn’t even bother to run. In 2014 we got a whole 30% of the…

As COVID spread through Colorado Governor Polis stepped up to deal with it — but Donald Trump didn’t make it easy. It isn’t just that he sent most of the country’s stock of n95 masks to China before COVID hit our shores. And it wasn’t just that our requests for…

We’ve all been there. You are chatting with someone and suddenly they proudly announce that they are throwing away their vote in 2020 because they aren’t “inspired”. I’ve tried every response I can think of to this argument with no results except wasted time. I’m as tired of listening to…

With everyone freaking out over Sanders touting Joe Rogan’s endorsement nobody seems to have noticed that Rogan didn’t actually endorse him. Complimenting candidates and telling them you’ll vote for them when you have no intention of doing so is common in politics — if the candidate wins you don’t want…

As we head in to the primary election in Colorado I’ve started talking about candidates of hope and candidates of despair. My main goal is to promote understanding between allies as to why two people can have very different emotional responses to the same candidate. Specifically how it can be…

Simone Aiken

Computer Programmer from Colorado who ran for office that one time.

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