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Colorado’s new 8th Congressional District will be the most-watched race in Colorado and one of the most competitive races in the country. Cook Political Report currently rates this a “Toss Up” race with a PVI (Partisan Voter Index) of R+1, which makes it a strong pickup opportunity for Colorado Republicans.

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) commends Barbara Kirkmeyer, Jan Kulmann, Jewels Gray, and Tyler Allcorn for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to the constituents of Colorado’s 8th Congressional District. As signers of the Pledge, these candidates have made a written commitment to the people of the Centennial State to oppose and vote against any and all income tax increases if elected to Congress.

“The Taxpayer Protection Pledge stands as a barrier against tax hikes and makes continued pro-growth tax reform possible. We are ecstatic about the candidates’ decisions to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to their constituents,” said Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform.

There are currently 181 Pledge signers in the U.S. House and 44 Pledge signers in the U.S. Senate. 85% percent of all congressional Republicans have made the written commitment to oppose higher taxes. In contrast, ZERO congressional Democrats have made that promise.

Candidates running for public office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The idea of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes rhetoric in writing, so the promise is much harder to break.

In President Biden’s first year, he championed a multi-trillion-dollar tax and spend bill, which included the largest tax increase since 1968. These tax hikes would disproportionately hurt workers, retirees, consumers, and small businesses. Taxpayers should expect more of the same for the remainder of his presidency.

“The Taxpayer Protection Pledge is a simple litmus test that tells voters I will work to protect your wallet. I encourage all candidates for elected office to make this commitment today,” continued Norquist.

New candidates sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge regularly. For the most up-to-date information on these races or any others, please visit the ATR Pledge Database.