Robin Roberts, a Colorado Springs business leader and president of Pikes Peak National Bank, has accepted an offer to join the gubernatorial campaign of Glendale Mayor Mike Dunafon as the Denver-area businessman’s independent running mate. Dunafon made the announcement Thursday night on his Facebook page.
Roberts, who says she has been registered as unaffiliated with any political party, met recently with Dunafon before he asked her to join his campaign. She will continue her duties at Pikes Peak National Bank, she says, even if elected.
Roberts, a 45-year-old military veteran who has been in the banking business for 18 years, said this of the opportunity: “Mike and I agree that we need to reduce and simplify government regulation and prevent the state government from blocking small business enterprise with rolls of red tape. In my experience as a local banker, I work with small business owners every day and know that we can do much more for them.
“I’ve been following Mike’s liberty campaign for a while now, and today I’m honored to be joining forces with someone that I regard as having one of the most original and timely new voices for liberty in American politics.”
Dunafon praised Roberts for her support of small businesses, saying, “Helping small businesses flourish in Colorado is crucial, and I’m thrilled to announce today that Robin Roberts will be my lieutenant governor running mate this November 4. With a myriad of challenges faced by entrepreneurs today, who better than an award-winning and proven champion for small business, as my lieutenant governor?”
The next step for Dunafon and Roberts will be securing a spot on the Nov. 4 ballot. May 15-July 10 is the nomination petition window for all unaffiliated candidates, a 60-day period when they must collect the signatures of at least 1,000 eligible electors nominating them as unaffiliated candidates.
Roberts, who has been actively involved with the Small Business Development Center as well as the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, also has been co-chair of the Pikes Peak Stormwater Task Force, which is pushing for a regional funding solution to the stormwater infrastructure needs. Roberts will be stepping aside from the task force as she joins Dunafon’s campaign.