DENVER -- Victor Mitchell wants to be Colorado’s next governor, and the republican is hoping his legislative background combined with decades of success in launching new businesses helps attract voters.
“I have a unique blend of public and private sector experience,” Mitchell told Nicole Brady on this weekend’s Politics Unplugged .
Mitchell says his life experiences will also set him apart from the pack.
“I was raised by a 90-percent blind and deaf single mother, I took care of her from the age of 13 on,” he said when describing his work experience. “I’m a product of the public schools, public education. Started my first company at 21 years of age. I’ve built six successful companies over the last 30 years.”
Because of that, Mitchell says he knows firsthand the problems small business owners have to deal with in Colorado.
“Small business is getting crushed here in Colorado,” Mitchell said. “We had 5,000 businesses close their doors in 20014 alone. We’ve had 120,000 pages of rules and regulations implemented here in Colorado since 2009. We just have to do better.”
As far as what he thinks needs to be done to help the state, Mitchell says he brings a lot to the table.
“We have to bring confidence and faith back to our leaders and institutions and we’re not going to get there with an establishment candidate,” Mitchell said. “We’re going to have to get there by thinking of things more dynamically, thinking of things more creatively, having a bit of imagination and a bit of risk taking as well.”
Politics Unplugged airs Sundays at 4:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Denver7.