The Senate race in Colorado is one of the most competitive contests in the country this year. Democrats and Republicans consider it especially important for their respective power in Washington. But, are they overlooking the Independents? Will Colorado support a different voice?
Dr. Steve Shogan
is running as an independent candidate from Colorado where there are some 36% of voters who are unaffiliated. Shogan petitioned his way onto the ballot and was validated in late July by the Secretary of State’s Office. Shogan describes himself as a fiscal conservative and a social liberal. Shogan is not a career politician, nor does he want to be one. He claims to be a critical thinker who has created a path to political reform as Colorado's Independent voice in the United States Senate. City Club members will hear Shogan's plans for health care reform, tackling the national debt and ideas to improve education and the jobs market for our youth. Shogan hopes to use his swing vote in an evenly divided body of Democrat and Republican Senators to get both sides to the table to act on our behalf.
According to Dr. Shogan, his message has resonated with independent voters, as well as many longterm Democrats and Republicans who are looking for an answer to gridlock in our United States Congress – “he has spent the last 35 years doing brain and spine surgery to fight paralysis in people. Now, he plans to cure the deadly paralysis that afflicts Washington.” More about his campaign and platform can be found on ShoganForSenate.com
About Dr. Steve Shogan
Steve Shogan was born in Detroit, Michigan. He attended the University of Michigan where he got his undergraduate degree with high distinction, concentrating on economics and pre-medicine. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1976 and then completed a six-year training program in Neurosurgery through the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor.
In 1982, he moved to Denver where he has been one of Colorado’s foremost neurosurgeons for more than 30 years. He is listed as one of 5280 Magazine's "Top Doctors" for neurosurgery 17 years in a row. While practicing medicine, Shogan also studied at the University of Denver College of Law, where he received his JD and was admitted to the Colorado Bar in 1987. He has been admitted to practice in the Federal District Court of Colorado and before the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. For several years, he volunteered as an attorney for indigent clients through Denver’s Thursday Night Bar, which evolved into the Metro Volunteer Lawyers.
Shogan is a Founding Trustee and was the Board Chair of the Colorado Legacy Foundation (renamed this year to the Colorado Education Initiative), which works in partnership with the Colorado Department of Education to foster and fund innovative approaches to K-12 education. He is a former Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Colorado Health Foundation (2010-2012) and Chair of its Policy Committee. Steve was a Founding Trustee of the Rose Community Foundation, serving as Chair of the Board of Trustees (2004-2006) and Chair of its Health Committee.
Steve is married and has three adult children. He is an enthusiastic runner, ice climber, biker and mountaineer.
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