Polis wins the ‘Coats and Cans Primary’ straw poll
With 100 percent of the precincts and pantries reporting, Jared Polis has won the first-ever Democrats Work “Coats and Cans Primary,” a unique straw poll that blends community service and the political process. Over the last two months, Coloradans went to the polls in three counties in the Second Congressional District – Broomfield, Boulder, and Summit – to cast “votes” of donated winter coats and canned goods in the name of their favorite Congressional candidate. Stuffing the ballot box was encouraged, and the coats and cans were donated to local charities.This third and final round of voting took place Monday night at the Summit County Democrats monthly meeting in Frisco. Polis took a commanding lead into the final round and was declared the winner with 1,903 total votes (including 184 coats and 983 cans). Joan Fitz-Gerald came in second place with 1,123 votes (150 coats and 373 cans). Will Shafroth was third with 559 (71 coats and 204 cans).In total, over 405 winter coats and 1,560 cans of food were donated to local charities in the Second District, including to the Dillon Community Church and the Family Intercultural Resource Center in Summit, the Boulder Rotary and local food banks in Boulder, and Broomfield FISH and Sister Carmen Community Center in Lafayette.
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