If we have not already met at your door, I want to take a moment to introduce myself. I am Beth Martinez Humenik, your state Senator, and I am running for re-election in Senate District 24 here in Adams County. I am a fourth-generation Coloradan and, along with my husband and our dogs, have been proud to call Thornton home for the last 22 years.
I would like to apologize for the volume of mail you’ve received regarding this race.
The Democratic Party currently controls the Governorship and the state House, while the Republican Party has a one-seat majority in the Senate. For the last four years, my seat has helped Colorado avoid Washington-style partisanship by creating a bipartisan legislature that is focused on collaboration and compromise. If this were to change, you could see your taxes increase while having to pay more at the pump, along with a host of other adverse effects to our families, small businesses and communities for years to come.
The implications of this Senate race have led outside third-party organizations to pour money in on both sides, which is why you have been bombarded with mailers and canvassers at your door. I know how you must feel as even I, the candidate, have been receiving these mailers! Some of you have personally reached out to me regarding the number of these mailers, and I want to assure you that if I could do something about this right now, I would. Colorado campaign finance law makes it illegal for me to communicate with these groups, so I would ask that you recycle the mailers to keep them from going into our landfills.
I want you to hear about me, directly from me.
I am the great-grandchild of immigrants and a proud American. Growing up, my family taught me and my four sisters the value of hard work, respect, diversity and being good students. We learned to be thankful for what we were blessed to have and to give back by serving others. Serving others is what drew me to public service at an early age.
I served for seven years on the Thornton City Council, representing Ward 3 from 2007 to early January 2015. In 2014, I was elected to the Colorado Senate, where I have proudly served Adams County, including the cities of Northglenn, Thornton and Westminster for the past four years. Outside of my work in the Senate, I actively volunteer in our communities and for charities.
I am running for another four years as your state Senator because I believe in serving you and continuing to make a difference in our communities. When re-elected, I will continue to be a strong voice who stands for our families, seniors, veterans, teachers, first responders and small businesses in Senate District 24.
Over the last four years, I have been focused on results, not political parties, because that’s what you deserve. Three out of every four bills I have sponsored (75%) has been signed into law by the Governor because I work across the aisle to tackle meaningful, common-sense issues such as survivor’s benefits, suicide prevention and crisis training for our schools to name a few.
With all the gridlock in Washington right now, Colorado needs more problem-solvers and fewer politicians. I pride myself in being a public servant, not a politician. We need more solutions, not special interests or partisan agendas. I believe in an accountable and transparent state government that allows our small businesses, as well as your family, to reach their full potential without being burdened by out of control regulations and government overreach.
That’s why, over the last four years, I have fought to make sure we have safe communities, affordable healthcare and great schools. As one of eleven teachers in my family, I understand how tough the job can be. As a state, we need to continue fighting for livable wage jobs, attainable housing and a transportation system that meets our needs. When you re-elect me as your Senator, I will lead that fight.
I continue to oppose tax and fee increases on hardworking Colorado families and our small businesses. I promote economic opportunities that create new jobs and allow us to have a strong, stable state economy as the result. I will continue to support initiatives to keep our communities safe, offer access to affordable healthcare (including mental health) and provide the education every child deserves.
I put partisan politics aside and I know that if we can continue to work together, we can ensure that our communities in Adams County remain great places to live, work, and raise a family. My office has an open-door policy, and all are welcome. I take my role as your State Senator to heart and I will continue to listen to you when making thoughtful decisions that impact you and your family.
Thank you for the confidence you have placed in me as your state Senator over the last four years and thank you for taking the time to read this letter. With your help, I look forward to continuing this important policy work. I have worked very hard to earn your trust and I would be honored to have your vote.
Senator Beth Martinez Humenik
Current Public Service and Involvement
- State Senator, District 24, State of Colorado
- Chair, Local Government Committee (2017-Present, Member since 2015)
- Vice Chair, Health and Human Services Committee (2017-Present, Member since 2015)
- Vice Chair, Statutory Revision Committee (Chair in 2017, Member since 2017)
- Vice Chair, Joint Technology Committee (Chair in 2017, Member since 2015)
- Vice Chair, Mental Health Disorders in the Juvenile and Criminal Justice System Legislative Oversight Committee (Chair in 2017, Vice Chair in 2016, Member since 2015)
- Founding Co-Chair of the Aging Caucus and the Cancer Caucus
- Member of the Aerospace Caucus, Children’s Caucus, Colorado Legislative Animal Welfare Caucus, Colorado Legislative Women’s Caucus, Domestic Violence Caucus, Mental Health Caucus, Sportsman’s Caucus, and the Victim’s Rights Caucus
Colorado State Director, Women in Government
- Member, League of Women Voters of Adams County
- Past Community Liaison for Cities Concerns
- Member, Colorado State University Alumni Association
- Member, National Foundation for Women Legislators
- Member, Western Leadership Academy Alumni
Member, Health Policy Committee, National Conference of State Legislators
Member, Health Policy Committee; Former Member, Canada & US Relations Committee, Council of State Governments West
Colorado Member, Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs
Member, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials
Executive Committee Member, National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators
Member, Latina’s Lead (part of NHCSL)
- Executive Committee Member, Republican State Leadership Committee, Future Majority Project
- Member, Adams County League of Women Voters
- Member, Trumpeteers
Volunteer, Bike MS SAG, Colorado Multiple Sclerosis (17 years)
- Volunteer, Food Truck Carnival, City of Northglenn
Past Public Service and Involvement
- Council Member, Ward III, City of Thornton (2007-2015)
- Chair, Information & Technology Steering Committee, National League of Cities, Vice Chair, Member 2008-2015
- Board Representative, Advisory Committee on Aging (DRCOG)
- Board Member, Smart Commute Metro North
- Board Member, 27J Capital Fee Finance Foundation
- Thornton Representative, North Area Transit Alliance (NATA)
- Board Representative, Statewide Transportation Advisory Council (STAC)
- DRCOG Representative, State Transportation Advisory Committee
- Commissioner, City of Thornton Development Authority
- City of Thornton Representative, Colorado Municipal Government (CML)
- Board Alternate, Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) for the City of Thornton
- Board Member, Thornton Development Authority
- Council Member, Thornton Arts, Sciences & Humanities Council, Inc
- Vice Chair, Planning Commission, City of Thornton
- Interim Board Member, I-25 Moves
- Board Vice President, Colorado Women in Government
- Member, Central Subarea Committee, City of Thornton
- Board Member, General Improvement District, City of Thornton
- Board President, Holly Point Homeowners Association
- Board Vice President, RHO Building 18 Homeowners Association
- Alumni, City of Thornton Leadership Class
- Alumni and Guest Speaker, Whitehouse Project (now VoteRunLead.org)
- 2004 Graduate and Alumni Member, City of Thornton Police Citizens Academy
- Past Member, Thornton Lion’s Club
- Former Member, Thornton Women’s Club
- Volunteer, Canine Rescue Transporter
- Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity
- Volunteer, Meals on Wheels