Jovan Melton

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Jovan Melton
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Colorado House of Representatives District 41
Incumbent
In office
January 9, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 14, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$30,000/year
Per diem$45/day in Denver area, $183/day outside
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolThomas Jefferson High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Colorado at Boulder
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Jovan Melton is a Democratic member of the Colorado House of Representatives, representing District 41. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Biography

Born in Denver, Colorado, Melton grew up in Northeast Denver attending public schools.[1][2]

Melton earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder [3] His professional experience includes working as a Government Escalations Analyst with Comcast Communication, on the Governor's Commission for Community Service for Lt. Governor Barbara O'Brien, and volunteering for the campaigns of Beth McCann, Angela Williams and Rhonda Fields.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Melton served on the following committees:

Colorado Committee Assignments, 2013
Finance
Legislative Council
State, Veterans, and Military Affairs

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Melton's campaign website highlighted the following campaign themes:[4]

  • Budget
Excerpt: "Our state is struggling because our state constitution requires we maintain a balanced budget and simultaneously we cannot raise taxes directly through the legislature due to TABOR. I support eliminating the harmful effects of TABOR that restrict the legislature’s ability to raise taxes."
  • Capital Punishment
Excerpt: "I oppose capital punishment and I would advocate for the elimination of the death penalty in Colorado. While I understand and empathize with many families of victims that view the death penalty as a part of the search for justice, studies show that the death penalty is often used in sentencing disproportionately against minorities and fails to be a deterrent for future crimes."
  • Choice
Excerpt: "Our government has NO right to tell a woman what she can or cannot do with her own body. I support the Roe vs. Wade court decision and will vigorously fight to defend a woman’s right to choose."
  • Economy & Jobs
Excerpt: "I know the challenges the working class in our state face. I was raised in a single parent, working class home. I watched my mother work two jobs to provide for us, while striving to keep me on a path to success. Many in our district are facing this scenario and it has been made worse by our slow economic recovery."
  • Education
Excerpt: "As a product of public schools and a proud graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, I know first-hand the challenges our students face when preparing for success after high school. The Denver Post recently reported that of all students graduating from a Colorado public high school and attending college; over 35% of those students have to take remedial courses."

Elections

2014

See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Colorado House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 24, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 31, 2014. Incumbent Jovan Melton was unopposed in the Democratic primary and will face Molly Barrett (R), who filed to run after the Republican primary, in the general election.[5][6]

2012

See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2012

Melton won election in the 2012 election for Colorado House of Representatives District 41. He defeated Terry Todd in the June 26 Democratic primary and defeated Art Carlson (R) and JM Fay (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[7]

Colorado House of Representatives, District 41, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJovan Melton 58.9% 19,173
     Republican Art Carlson 35.4% 11,514
     Independent JM "Maria J" Fay 5.7% 1,855
Total Votes 32,542
Colorado House of Representatives, District 41 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJovan Melton 50.6% 2,298
Terry Todd 49.4% 2,247
Total Votes 4,545

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Melton is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Melton raised a total of $41,488 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 30, 2013.[8]

Jovan Melton's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Colorado State House, District 41 Won $41,488
Grand Total Raised $41,488

2012

Melton won election to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Melton raised a total of $41,488.
Colorado House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jovan Melton's campaign in 2012
Melton, Jovan E$2,764
Phillips, Gary$400
Schanker, Darin$400
Bateman, Andrew Curtis$400
Johnson, Jerald B$400
Total Raised in 2012$41,488
Source:Follow the Money

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the 69th Colorado General Assembly was in session from January 8 to May 7.[9]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills ACLU of Colorado "felt were the best representations of the civil liberties issues facing Colorado today."
Legislators are scored on their stances on animal protection issues.
Legislators are scored on their stances on "women's priorities in the state of Colorado."

2013

In 2013, the 69th Colorado General Assembly was in session from January 9 to May 9.[10]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills ACLU of Colorado "felt were the best representations of the civil liberties issues facing Colorado today."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by ACS CAN.
Legislators are scored on their stances on animal protection issues.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to environmental conservation.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills defined by LT as related to "principles of good governance."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to "support of reproductive health."
Legislators are scored on their stances on "women's priorities in the state of Colorado."

Endorsements

In 2012, Melton's endorsements included the following:[11]

Personal

Melton and his wife, Lynne, have a daughter.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Nancy Todd (D)
Colorado House of Representatives District 41
2013–present
Succeeded by
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