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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
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]

He gained an interest in politics at an early age, serving as his Junior Class Vice-President and Senior Class President at Thomas Jefferson High School.[1] Following high school, Melton attended the University of Colorado at Boulder earning a B.A. in Political Science.[3]

Melton pursued his interest in politics after college by working as a Government Escalations Analyst with Comcast Communication and volunteering for then State Representative Candidate Beth McCann.[1]

Melton then worked on the Governor's Commission for Community Service for Lt. Governor Barbara O'Brien. During the 2010 campaign cycle, he ran successful campaigns for Angela Williams and Rhonda Fields.[1]

Melton worked as a political consultant until his own successful run for State Representative in 2012.[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 listed the following issues:[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

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. [5][6]

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.[7]

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.

Endorsements

In 2012, Melton's endorsements included the following:[8]

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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