Colorado Depends on You!
NICKY'S CORE POLITICAL BELIEF
Nicky believes the conversation needs to stop revolving around the candidates and elected officials. They are not the stars of American politics. They, if they are doing their jobs right, are not the decision-makers. They are conduits for your needs and interests. Their job is to make sure that your opinion is the driving force in the decision-making process.
That is why Nicky is running to represent the people of Colorado’s 5th House District: to be a leader in that vital paradigm shift.
Nicky is eager to sit down with every individual in the district and discuss how you can exercise your right to shape your country. Our collective investment is what will maintain our nation's place as a beacon of hope and progress for the rest of the world.
The only way to restore Americans’ faith in their institutions is to go directly into the communities and empower individuals to retake their slice of ownership over this country.
To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, Aesop, and so many others: We must rise together, or we will surely fall apart. It’s time to fight for unity or we will continue to factionalize and to blame the factions with whom we don’t identify for our national failings, until the United States of America laid out in our Constitution is lost to the past.
Our country depends on every one of us. Colorado depends on every one of us. Together, we will rise above our individual selves for the betterment of families, communities, and dreams that lead us toward progress and continued American greatness.
Nicky moved to Colorado at the age of twenty-two to study at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies. In his work for progressive causes and candidates over the course of the last ten years he’s met thousands of Coloradans in communities across the Metro area and he’s fallen in love with the state that so many call home.
Nicky has been a fighter for progressive reform for as long as he can remember, going back to his childhood in one of the most conservative counties in the United States: Montgomery County, Texas.
Nicky’s first major foray into Democratic politics came in his senior year of high school, when he embarked on a mission to expand the scope of political discourse within the solidly Republican student body at the tiny school he attended.
During the 2016 election, he had the honor of leading canvassing efforts for Planned Parenthood and Colorado Latinos Rise across the Denver Metro area. Twenty years of life experience and community organizing only strengthened Nicky’s resolve to champion the rights of women, minorities, and any other group of individuals unjustly restricted from making their own personal life determinations.
Nicky believes the slogan “Colorado Depends on You” embodies the spirit that we are in this to support one another, enriching our lives to the greatest possible extent. Effective elections and good governance start not with candidates and elected officials but with the hopes, dreams, ideas, and innovation of the people we aim to represent.
Nicky is committed to fighting the privatization of public education in Colorado being advanced by organizations falsely operating under Democratic banners. Segregationist policies are not Democratic ones. Kids are not for sale. Nicky is committed to fighting the exploitation of our kids and focusing on preparing them for success in adulthood. That starts with an equitable education for ALL of Colorado’s kids.
Nicky supports educators and the unions that back them, and will fight to repeal SB-191 which senselessly degrades public education by subjecting kids to excessive standardized testing and then unfairly linking appraisals of teachers and schools to these tests which are inconsistently applied across districts. Students, parents, teachers, and communities should control the administrative framework by which their neighborhood school operates, and elected school boards should exist to support those voices.
Nicky was fortunate to survive leukemia as a child, because his parents purchased health insurance for him at a time when they couldn’t afford it for themselves. He was able to receive testing to diagnose his illness. However his tests were delayed due to private health insurance, his cancer became worse, and treatments more invasive. Had the proper testing been done sooner, treatment would have been simpler.
Due to his experience, Nicky believes in establishing single-payer health care in Colorado, because healthcare is a human right, and people shouldn’t have to suffer for profits.
Nicky believes that municipalities across Colorado need to be given the ability to enact rent control laws to combat the current affordability crisis. When the 2000 Telluride ruling was handed down, the majority opinion even stated that the goal of the Telluride action was admirable and that the legislature could easily fix the problem. It’s time to empower local jurisdictions which are better equipped to understand their needs than politicians at the State House.
We also need to create a stable property tax system that does not fluctuate wildly from one year to the next due to skyrocketing home prices and automatic adjustments required by the Gallagher Amendment.
Nicky believes that we need to be focusing development in the front range on supporting existing communities and preserving their historic nature.
Recent developmental issues in the HD5 neighborhoods of RiNo (River North) and Elyria-Swansea provide the appropriate contrast. In RiNo, development in recent years has focused on restaurants, bars, nightclubs – the sort of development that did nothing for the low-income communities that used to exist there but have been wrongly shove out.
On the other hand, the residents of Elyria-Swansea have to travel to Commerce City to go to the grocery store. That is ludicrous. By providing E-S a grocery store and other reasonably priced shopping options, we can develop in a way that both supports new business opportunities and the people that have lived in Denver and made it great for decades. This attitude should dominate all plans to develop urban areas on the Colorado Front Range.
Shortly after announcing his campaign, Nicky set the goal that 100% of electricity generated in Colorado would be done so renewably by 2027. Nicky believes we can do this by establishing a series of state-administered renewable energy farms. Due to the TABOR restrictions, this can also provide a creative source of revenue for infrastructure, healthcare, and education.
Nicky is opposed to fracking in general. Local municipalities should have more of a say over their own fossil fuel exploration. We should be phasing out fracking as quickly as possible and transitioning over to renewable energies. This needs to be a seamless transition for workers that allows them to transfer from fossil fuel to renewable energy jobs without losing benefits earned from previous work.
Nicky also believes that water conservation is of the utmost importance for our state. We rely on the mountain snow to melt and provide us with water. We have to make sure old and new mines aren’t polluting our waterways, and we keep receiving clean water from our alpine regions. This would include fracking operations which could pollute the groundwater we all use.
Nicky is proud to be the first State House candidate in Colorado to have endorsed the Colorado People’s Climate Justice Platform, which describes how we can make a rapid and just transition to a carbon-free future. Please check it out at: www.PeoplesPlatform.info.
Nicky is proud to have worked as a Canvass Director for Planned Parenthood’s grassroots organizing arm, the Community Outreach Group.
As a Senior in High School, Nicky organized a debate in which he passionately spoke in favor of women’s right to make their own health determinations in front of his staunchly conservative high school in suburban Southeast Texas. Nicky always has and always will protect ALL women from government invasion into their private lives.
Nicky believes that we need to keep guns out of the hands of people looking to harm others. We accomplish this with strict background checks and adherence to laws requiring reporting of criminal charges and convictions. We also need to ban assault weapons and bump stocks.
Nicky wants to ensure people who have mental health issues are not putting themselves or others at risk of harm. Nicky also supports enacting extreme-risk protection orders in Colorado, which allow seizure of firearms to evaluate safe gun ownership from individuals who appear to pose an imminent risk to those around them.
Nicky has been endorsed by Never Again Colorado, Colorado Ceasefire, and received the Moms Demand Action – Gun Sense Candidate distinction.
Nicky believes there needs to be legislation to reduce instances of automatic deportation. We should create a Colorado version of the California Values Act to protect undocumented immigrants and their families.
Nicky is going into immigrant communities to organize grassroots movements, and to create activist hierarchies which provide them with a greater voice in shaping a society that truly works for all of us.
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FOR DPS TO SERVE DENVER'S KIDS, REFORM CAMPAIGN FINANCE
November 13, 2017 - Nicky Yollick, Colorado Politics
Over the last several years, a massive influx of funding from individuals and groups outside of Colorado has transformed the school board, restricting parents and teachers from having a reasonable say in which direction the Denver Public Schools board goes. Oftentimes, these organizations prioritize advancing a national “reform” ideology over the needs of Denver’s students. All of this has resulted in a deterioration of our public schools in favor of semi-private options which are not financially feasible for the general populace.
CAPITOL REPORT: BILL TO REGULATE CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS TO SCHOOL BOARD RACES FAILS IN COMMITTEE
February 7, 2018 - The Nation Report
Big corporation spending was also an issue raised by Nicky Yollick who ran a Denver School Board campaign and is a current candidate for the State House in District 5, “In a Democracy, any and all elected offices should have limits on campaign contributions to keep wealthy individuals from buying influence and to provide essential legitimacy to elected officials.”
IN RESPONSE | EDUCATION REFORMERS TRIED TO HOLD DEMOCRATS HOSTAGE
May 7, 2018 - Nicky Yollick, Colorado Politics
On April 14, 3,400 leaders and activists from across Colorado came together to proudly proclaim our long-held beliefs that all children in Colorado deserve an equitable public education.
I am proud to have been the lead organizer for the state-level push and the author of the equivalent resolution passed at the Denver County Democratic Assembly on March 24.
DFER: WHY COLO. DEMOCRATS THREW IT OUT OF THEIR STATE ASSEMBLY
April 24, 2018 - Marianne Goodland, Colorado Politics
The DFER resolution came from the Denver County assembly and Nicky Yollick, a candidate for state House District 5. Yollick told the assembly that DFER had threatened to withhold money from Democrats running for re-election, as well as Democrats running for the state Senate, if they signed an anti-DFER petition that circulated in the weeks before the assembly.
“DFER said they are more valuable than teachers’ unions,” Yollick told the assembly. The group “is threatening to hold our party hostage and rely on what they’ve all been about from the beginning: money.”
GET IN TOUCH
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 40748, Denver, CO 80204
Campaign Offices: 3405 N Downing St, Unit C, Denver, CO 80205
Volunteer Phone Banking
Saturday, June 16th from 10:00am-12:00pm
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