Colin Wilhelm is a democratic candidate for CD3. Colin is an attorney in Glenwood Springs where he owns a practice with his wife. They reside in Glenwood with their two dogs. Colin is running to show the country what CD3 is really like. He is somebody who is willing to work across the aisle to achieve pragmatic solutions to the issues facing the district.
Born in Michigan, Colin was raised in a close-knit community and a home known for its strong work ethic and service to others. Even as a high school student, Colin a voice for change in the community. As President of the Empty Bowls/Community Gardeners Care Program, Colin united multiple community organizations to supply homeless shelters with tons of fresh produce per season.
In 2006, Colin graduated from Marquette University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication studies and Political Science. In 2011 He went on to earn his J.D. from New England Law in Boston, Massachusetts. There, he met his wife, Erin Richards, a native of CO, and together, they have made Colorado their home.
As a member of the Colorado State Bar Association, Colin has brought a different kind of leadership to the Colorado community. His compassion, unwavering honesty and advocacy have helped him earn the trust and respect of his community.
Colin Wilhelm currently resides in Glenwood Springs, CO, with Erin and their two rescue dogs, Stoney and Margot.
"While our democracy is surviving, it is in peril and certain members of Congress are not doing anything to protect it. On January 6, We all saw an attack on the citadel of democracy. This was an insurrection, a failed coup d’état. Make no mistake, of our President's lies to the American public. We are all shocked, but none of us should be very surprised; a small part of each of us saw something like this coming.
"For too long this country has been divided. Yes, we all know we have been divided on the national level for years, but in this past decade we have become increasingly so at all levels of society. Who among us hasn’t said those words 'let’s not discuss politics' or hasn't seen headlines before a major holiday that say '16 ways to avoid politics at Thanksgiving dinner,' we have all done it. We have all spent time thinking about how to avoid those subjects because it could ruin dinner. But not talking about important issues has gotten us to where we are today. And it is more important now than ever that we make a change in how we communicate with each other.
"Finally CD3 needs a candidate that can unite people across party lines and bring in the unaffiliated vote. When you look at my past elections, you will see that my messaging has resonated with people from all walks of life. This is because we as a team get out and listen to the people. We talk to everyone who wants to talk to us and listen to their ideas and solutions to the issues, that is important because everyone basically has the same problems in this country, we just rank them differently based upon our household priorities. But we do more than just listen to people, we take their solutions and use them to create pragmatic solutions to these issues. When I am in Congress I will work for all people with actual solutions, I won't just freedom every problem."
- Colin Wilhelm, Candidate for Colorado CD3
Why did you want to run?
"I have dedicated my life and my career to upholding and defending the Constitution, and I believe that serving in a public office is a civic duty. As a Congressperson your job is to represent the people of your District first, then the people of Colorado and finally the People of the United States as a whole. A representative must represent the entire district, not just the people who voted for them, and not just the people who have the same or similar opinions as them. While my personal stances on issues are important in who I am, as a representative, it would be my responsibility to represent you, and your beliefs."