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Rural Colorado deserves a fresh voice and bold, independent leadership in the State Senate.

I am not a typical politician. I grew up on a ranch in the heart of Garfield County, and I’m a small business owner with deep roots in the community.

From our ranches to our resorts, Western Colorado is the most beautiful region in the world, and I’m running for State Senate in district 5 to keep it affordable for working families like mine and preserve it for future generations. 

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Bold Leadership.
Deep Colorado Roots.

Democrat Cole Buerger for State Senate

Cole is a different kind of leader. His family has lived and ranched in this region for five generations, and he understands the challenges rural communities face.

A small business owner and policy expert, he'll bring an innovative mindset that’s lacking in Denver.

Cole lives in Glenwood Springs with his partner Mitchell and their pup, Ellie Mae.


Support Cole Buerger for State Senate

Local elected leaders in district 5 support Cole because they know he'll be an effective fighter for working families.

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Ingrid Wussow

Mayor, Glenwood

"Cole has the background, experience, and ideas to get things done for the people of Senate District 5. Like me, he grew up here in Western Colorado."

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Ian Billick

Mayor, Crested Butte

"Cole shows up and listens. As a mayor, I know how important it is to meet people where they are and hear where they stand. Cole is doing that."

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Diego Plata

Mayor, Gunnison

"It is time for a new generation of leaders to pick up the torch and take the concerns of rural communities to the State Capitol. Cole will do just that."

Strengthen Rural Communities

A fifth generation rural Coloradan, Cole understands that our communities shape us and make us who we are. As our next senator, he'll fight for policies that strengthen rural communities and our local economy, like supporting family farms and ranches, building economic innovation hubs around local colleges, and incentivizing more businesses to come out west.

Defend Democracy and Freedom

Today, powerful forces are working to undermine our fundamental rights, from the right to choose to the right to vote. Our next state senator must come prepared to defend freedom from extremists who want to strip it away. There is no room for equivocation, and Cole is ready to lead the fight to protect democracy, abortion rights, and other freedoms.

Support Working Families

Colorado working families need a state senator who will fight for them, not corporate donors and special interests. Working families and local businesses Cole because of his commitment to funding a world-class school system, strengthening the social safety net, fixing a broken healthcare system, and updating infrastructure for the 21st century.

Protect Our Water & Environment

The Western Slope is one of the most breathtaking natural regions in the world, and Cole understands the importance of protecting it and our water, our air, and our soil. As our state senator, he would prioritize investing in water basin health and conservation, expanding clean energy generation, and protecting common sense clean air and water standards.

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Cole Buerger: LIVE

Did you catch Cole on the radio? He was recently interviewed on KBUT (Gunnison), KDNK (Roaring Fork), and KVNF (Delta County).


Thank you, Mayor Bynum

Today, Barbara Bynum withdrew her name from the primary and endorsed Cole, paving the way for him to be the Democratic nominee.

“I want to thank Barbara and appreciate all her years of public service, both for Montrose and our state. She is a thoughtful advocate for rural communities.” - Cole


Cole Wins the Caucus!

Thanks to supporters across the district, Cole won the Colorado caucus with 58% of the vote!

It's not over yet, the primary is coming up in June.


Mayors ❤️ Cole

Mayors from across the Western Slope have endorsed Cole Buerger for State Senate, including Ingrid Wussow (Glenwood), Bill Kane (Basalt), Diego Plata (Gunnison), Mary Bachran (Paonia), and Ian Billick (Crested Butte).

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