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State Representative Tom Sullivan, Everytown-Supported Gun Sense Candidate, Wins in Colorado

November 9, 2022

Everytown Spent $2.7 Million in Colorado this Election, Including $1 Million to Support State Representative Tom Sullivan, Successfully Defeating Gun Lobby-Backed Tom Kim

Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action Volunteers Made Over Six Million Voter Contacts to Support Gun Sense Candidates Across the Country

DENVER — Everytown for Gun Safety Colorado IEC and Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund, and its grassroots networks, Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, declared a major victory today as voters rejected gun lobby-backed Tom Kim and elected State Representative Tom Sullivan to the State Senate. 

“Tom Sullivan is the very definition of a real-life hero — someone who lived through every parent’s worst nightmare and then somehow found the strength to fight for other families,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “Everytown was incredibly proud to support his campaign, and we are eager to partner with him again to pass more life-saving gun safety laws.” 

“As a survivor of gun violence and former Moms Demand volunteer himself, Tom Sullivan knows firsthand the critical role our elected leaders play in the fight for gun safety,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action. “Our volunteers worked hard to support his bid for state Senate to help maintain our gun sense majority and we are proud to see him win. We know that state Senator-elect Sullivan’s leadership will save lives and we look forward to partnering with him in that work.”

“As a fellow survivor, Tom Sullivan knows firsthand the toll that gun violence takes on our communities, and we know that he will continue fighting to protect Coloradans from gun violence as a State Senator,” said Coni Sanders, a volunteer with the Colorado chapter of Moms Demand Action whose father, Dave Sanders, was the teacher and girls’ basketball coach killed at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. “Our state has been a leader in the fight to end gun violence, but Tom Sullivan knows there’s more work to be done to end gun violence once and for all and we’re thrilled to support him along the way.” 

Everytown spent $2.7 million in Colorado this election, including $1 million to support State Representative Tom Sullivan’s election to protect the gun sense majority in the State Senate. Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action volunteers made over six million voter contacts through phone calls, text messages, door knocks, and more across the country this election cycle to support gun sense candidates up and down the ballot.

As part of its efforts this election cycle, Everytown also released polling this fall showing that the vast majority of voters in Colorado support common-sense gun safety laws, including 92% for background checks on all gun sales. More information is available here

Read more about Everytown’s electoral engagement in Colorado this cycle here

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