Why I am running

Standing Rock
At Standing Rock with my sister and son

I’m a lifelong Democrat who has lived in Colorado for almost 50 years. For the last 25 years I have been raising three boys, running a successful manufacturing business, and advocating for the things I care about. I’m running because:

  • Working families are being left behind. Wages haven’t kept up with the cost of housing, health care, childcare, college tuition, and more.
  • The lack of access to mental health treatment parallels staggering increases in homelessness, opioid drug addiction, incarceration, and suicide.
  • We are failing the generations who will follow us with regard to climate change and environmental stewardship. We must do better.

True change is possible when we work together. I’m in this race to represent the values of HD13 and will bring my focus, commitment and progressive principles to work for you as your next state representative.

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Testimonials

  • I worked for Judy at Polar Bottle and was continually struck by her dynamism and unwavering commitment to her employees, Colorado and the planet. Judy and Robert invented and produced a product which was healthful, reduced the environmental damage of disposable water bottles and created well-paid, local manufacturing jobs. During my time with the company we organized events for community groups and made hundreds of donations to non-profit organizations – including many dedicated to preserving the Colorado environment. The company also embraced an ambitious zero waste program and joined the State of Colorado’s Environmental Leadership Program. I have no doubt that Judy will continue to live her beliefs with energy and authenticity and deliver real results for the people and lands of House District 13.

    - Liza Purvis
  • I have known Judy for over 20 years now. We started our careers together and have developed an amazing friendship over those 20+ years. Judy has more integrity and passion than anyone I know. I highly endorse Judy! She will get the job done!

    - Juli Adams
  • Judy is a great listener and a natural leader. She has a long track record studying all sides of an issue and advocating both passionately and persuasively for causes that will bring positive change for all. Her integrity, intelligence, business experience and communication skills, as well as nuanced understanding of public policy, will make her a strong and effective Representative for HD 13.

    - Deborah Malden
  • I am so happy to support my younger sister in her entrance into the political arena. I have known her for her entire life!!! She has been an inspiration to our whole family (youngest of five siblings), as a mother, business owner, author, and community activist. She has raised three sons into adulthood. She started and built a successful company in Boulder County. Her workers were paid a living wage, treated with respect, and provided access to health insurance and other benefits. Fair treatment of her employees always trumped personal gain. She has stayed abreast of local, national and international affairs and has written editorials for the Boulder Daily Camera for many years. Judy will be responsive to her constituents, thoughtful and will make a superb representative.

    - John A Amabile
  • Judy Amabile is one of the most generous and honest people I have ever met. She stands firm on her beliefs but is always open to others points of view. I am so happy to hear she is running for office. She will be a great representative in the House and will do her best to make positive change. 

    - Phil Bash
  • I know that Judy will bring her great energy and infectious passion to being an elected representative of HD13.  She cares about making positive change happen for everyone!   She does her homework and she is very focused on addresssing the nuts and bolts that impact our everyday lives here in HD 13.   

    - Benita Duran
  • I was so happy to hear that Judy Amabile is running for House District 13.  I have known Judy for 35 years, both as a friend, and as a business partner.  Judy is loaded with smarts, energy, optimism, and great ideas.  She gets things done and cares deeply about our most pressing local and global issues.

    - John Hoeffler
  • I have known Judy for many years.  I know her as a clear thinker on personal and community issues.  I admire her courage to say  truth as she sees it because I know she has carefully analyzed the situation.  When we disagree, I count on an intelligent debate and her hearing my point of view.  I trust her view and her vision.  I am delighted to endorse her for the House of Representatives.  

    - Claire Riley
  • Judy is a champion for Colorado workers. As a former employee, I saw firsthand how committed she was to ensuring that all of her employees had opportunity to succeed in her company and beyond. She upped the starting salary of all her employees — well above the current minimum wage — because it was a good business decision, and the right thing to do. When employees or their families members were sick, she gave them the time off they needed without question, often provided financial support, and on numerous occasions joined them for hours at hospitals and doctors appointments to provide support and guidance. When employees wanted to better themselves through higher education, she was their greatest cheerleader — accommodating their scheduling needs and ensuring they had the resources they needed to succeed.  As a representative, I have no doubt that Judy will be as equally dedicated to fighting for workers across Colorado. 

    - Adeline Bash
  • Judy is my sister. She has lived and worked and raised a family her entire adult life in Boulder. As an employer Judy advocated for a living wage, she created employee incentives to maintain a balanced work/home life. She incentivized her employees to exercise at work. She kept her company in Boulder and hired local people. She also hired and retained people with disabilities and people rehabilitating from the criminal justice system. She hired newcomers to the U.S. to give them a start. Judy has always been active in local and regional issues in Colorado. Her kids attended public schools and Colorado universities. She volunteered her time with the local party. She is smart, engaged and will listen to your concerns. She is proactive and a problem solver. And she is a great sister.

    - Jean Amabile
  • I’ve known Judy for over 30 years. Our relationship spans the spectrum. We are both business women founding Colorado-based companies, mothers, co-workers in the Big 6, MBAs from the University of Colorado, and have shared many adventures in this great state. Over all the years, I’ve learned that Judy is passionate about the issues, smart in seeking information, curious about perspectives, and a diehard Colorado supporter – ‘native’! I wholeheartedly endorse Judy for HD13!

    - Susan Heinzeroth
  • Judy is an incredible business woman and an amazing person. She gave me my first job and I know that is true on dozens of other people. I am so excited that Judy is running for the Colorado State House; I know she will do a great job!

    - William Mattimore
  • My sister has been a dedicated and tireless advocate for causes she feels strongly about. She has immersed herself in our community through participation in a range of programs and activities. She has a depth of knowledge and experience on issues vital to our community. She will work hard to make an impact we can all share in.

    - Mary Amabile
  • I’ve known Judy for about 3 decades, and I can’t think of anyone more passionate about doing what’s right. She’s always watching out for those less fortunate, but she doesn’t complain – she does something about it. She works to make change happen by listening to all sides of a discussion, getting all information she possibly can, and then speaking out, writing, informing, and leading the cause. Judy is a strong leader, a great communicator, a true listener, an honest, amazing human, and a true friend. It’s about time she got into politics – we need more leaders like her leading our state.

    - Randi Albright

On The Record

Postcard Party to Stop the Recalls

August 22, 2019

Join us for a Postcard Party Saturday, August 31 | 12 – 2 pm Southern Sun Pub & Brewery 627 South Broadway, Boulder GOP extremists in Colorado are trying to use low-turnout special…

Better Mental Health Resources + New Endorsements for Judy

August 21, 2019

NEW ENDORSERS FOR JUDY! Rollie Heath, Stan Garnett, Andrew Shoemaker, and more . . .  The reason I’m passionate about improving mental health resources in Colorado is personal for me. My…

Big Success

July 11, 2019

Thanks everyone! We had a great turnout for our candidate forum & ice cream social. My campaign sponsored this event to engage, inform and energize our community…. Click to see pictures

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