Who am I?

I grew up in Missouri, got a good education, worked for IBM for 40 years, and retired in 2008.

I have two grown sons who live in Kentucky with their spouses and children. Sally, my wife, has three grown children, all residing in Colorado. My home is near Jamestown, in the mountains west of Boulder.

My career with IBM Corporation included serving as Chief Programmer in IBM Storage Products Division. I am a project manager, people manager, software engineer and performance analyst.

Since 2008 I have been a social activist, working with organizations including Move to Amend, Move On, Occupy Boulder, Frack Free Colorado, Boulder County Citizens for Community Rights, and the Grassroots Action Team of the Boulder County Democratic Party.
As a Democrat I focused on growing the party's participation in issue politics, as distinguished from election politics, overturning the Citizens United v. FEC decision with a U.S. Constitutional amendment to establish that corporations are not people and money is not speech, democratizing Democratic Party operations, and getting big money out of politics through campaign spending limitations and election reform.

I affiliated with the Green Party at the 2013 May Day March for Multi-Party Politics when I became convinced that neither Democrats nor Republicans would touch the election reform issue or limit the influence of money on elections.

Why am I running?

I am running for Governor for the People of Colorado in 2014 because two parties are not enough and two candidates are not enough for healthy elections and good government. 60% of Americans think the country needs a third major party. [Gallup Poll released Oct. 11, 2013]

I intend, with my election, to create three-party government in Colorado.

One-third of Colorado voters are neither Democrat nor Republican. They deserve a real alternative. Really.

My Goals

My top priorities as governor will be to:

1. Lead a Colorado government in which ordinary people, local communities, and nature are sovereign. Work to get a Colorado Community Rights initiative on the 2014 ballot. Transnational corporations cannot be allowed to trample over Colorado's local communities.

2. Work with urgency to promote renewable energy development and end the fossil fuel era. Close tax loopholes that subsidize fossil fuel extraction at a cost of about $250,000,000 per year to Colorado tax payers.

3. Advocate for publicly-funded elections with little or no private spending and a non-partisan election system in which every candidate has equal opportunity to access the ballot, regardless of party affiliation (or absence of party affiliation) and regardless of available economic resources.

My DFA Values


I am a proponent of CO initiative 75, the Community Rights Amendment. The initiative recognizes the right of communities to local self-government.


All people have the right to security of their physical persons and personal property. Protections from physical abuse and theft are a responsibility of government. Colorado must strengthen legal protections from being displaced by gentrification, oil/gas operations in populated areas, and eminent domain seizures of property by private corporations.

My Campaign is People Powered!

Hempy4Governor is a grassroots, all-volunteer campaign.

The Hempy4Governor campaign will demonstrate what a grassroots campaign can accomplish without exorbitant spending, in contrast to Big-money campaigns used by Republicans and Democrats.

Voice support


  • Nancy Sullo, CO
  • Thomas Lewis
  • Abby Knowlton
  • Jessica Cerise
  • Sandy Reavey, CO
  • Robert Schaller
  • Clark Brown
  • George Newell
  • Alex Zawadzki
  • Cliff Smedley
...and 69 more.

About the Endorsement Process

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• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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