Why I Want To Serve
I am Maria Orms. I am a mother, a military veteran, an environmentalist, and an engineer. I’m a Progressive Democrat running to represent the people of Senate District 31 in Denver and Arapahoe counties because I believe in people over profits. I want to change the world; our future, one person and one family at a time, for a better Colorado.
Maria Orms raised her two daughters in Colorado after a successful career in the military and earning her Masters of Science in Engineering from CU-Boulder. As a mother, veteran, and business leader, Maria supports moving Colorado towards a greener future and banning fracking.
Maria is fighting to create more significant economic opportunities for all Colorado citizens, to pay our teachers more, to fund our public schools better, and to ensure everyone in Colorado has access to quality healthcare.
Maria’s life experience as a mother of two daughters currently serving in the armed forces, a soldier, an environmentalist, a business leader, and her progressive values make her ideal for guiding Colorado towards a new future as a new leader in education and business.
Maria Orms believes in Coloradans right to choose whether in reproductive rights, sexual orientation and identity. Because when we provide choices and options to all, we make a better Colorado.
Maria Orms, a Progressive Democrat, is a New Democrat for a New Era.
Ban Fracking and move to a 100% renewable economy
Create a strategic plan to transition to a 100% renewable energy environment
Clean up our air quality, which has been an EPA non-attainment area for 16 years and is now hazardous 260 days out of the year!
Create state-level incentives for solar energy expansion
Have all new homes be energy independent by enacting net-zero home policies.
A massive investment in public transportation.
Increase teacher wages by reviewing and eliminating corporate tax expenditures.
Increase teacher wages through a credit on their taxes for teachers who have taught five years or more, and an additional credit for those who have taught for ten or more years.
Reduce tuition for individuals at select state schools, who have spent the last consecutive five years within Colorado and want to become teachers.
Leasing of State Board of Education trust lands to develop wind farms with 100% of the proceeds going to teacher pay.
Allow cities the ability to enact rent control regulations that fit the local needs
Ensure state homelessness funds go towards a "Housing First" policy
Work with municipalities to ensure sustainable development plans that include housing match their resident's income spectrum and have lasting and renewable guidelines
The current pandemic has exposed the weaknesses in our employer-based health care system.
I support the creation of a single-payer Medicare-for-All system in Colorado.
I will work to increase transparency in prescription drug prices.
I will work to improve the affordability of healthcare access with lower deductibles.
Paid Family Leave
Move all officer involved shootings and assaults into the State Attorney General's office for investigation and recommendations.
Require officers to de-escalate situations, where possible, by communicating with subjects, maintaining distance, and otherwise eliminating the need to use force.
Require officers to intervene and stop excessive force used by other officers and report these incidents immediately to a supervisor.
Require all government executives to be pursuant with sexual harassment policies of local and state laws.
Mobile Voting and online petition signature gathering
A woman's right to choose and make her own medical decisions with her doctor.
Making sure that those within the LGBTQIA community are given the opportunity for employment, housing and services without discrimination.
Co-founder 350.org & Int’l Climate Change Leader
“Maria Orms became an activist for the best of reasons:
She could see the damage fracking was doing to her family and community.
And, now, as a legislator, she’ll have the chance to build new economies that damage less and heal more.”
Councilman, Commerce City
Maria is a fierce warrior for justice and equality, and we need Maria to be in public office to make policy changes so that government does what it is supposed to do – protect and provide for all, not the few. We currently live with a system purposely created by elite white males to award themselves complete power and control over everyone else. They have held that control for far too long, and now is the time to put women like Maria into office who will not be afraid to challenge that presumed authority.
Tay Anderson, Denver School Board Director
“As someone who has fought to protect Colorado for a very long time, I have seen first hand the crises in education, environment, housing, criminal justice, transportation, and much more in our state. We need more leaders that will do what they vow to do, and Maria Orms is that type of leader. She has worked tirelessly and consistently as a community organizer and a champion to fight for the health of our people and the environment in our state. I have full confidence she will bring the same conviction and capabilities to SD31 as your senator.”
Micah Parkin, Climate & Clean Energy Community Organizer and Nonprofit Director
“I’m endorsing Maria Orms because I have seen the deep care of a mother, dedication of a soldier and intelligence of an IT specialist that she brings to all of her endeavors to protect her community and create a safe, healthy future for all Coloradans. Maria is the kind of person you can count on to do the right thing for the people and not compromise her values.”
Mike Sawaya, Attorney and Community Leader
“Maria Orms will make an excellent Colorado Senator. She is intelligent, diligent, and honest. She is a bona fide progressive who stands true to her principles. She will not bend her principles to fit the needs of corporations. This is extremely important knowing that money has an undue influence in the politics of today.”