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Denver Women of Cannabis – September 20 Meet & Greet

September 20, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Please join Denver Women of Cannabis for this very special Meet & Greet!

Our featured speaker, Cindy Sovine, will share which cannabis issues will be taken on in the next legislative session.

We are excited to announce our very special guest, Phil Kelley! Phil is a candidate for State Senate, Vietnam Veteran, and Medical Marijuana Patient.


Cindy Sovine
President & CEO
Sovine Consulting
Government Relations Consultant & Contract Lobbyist

Cindy has over 18 years of government relations experience in Colorado working on local, state and federal issues.  She is highly effective at helping clients achieve their goals and successfully navigate ever-changing legislative, regulatory and political environments.  She is a Colorado native who grew up farming and ranching in eastern Colorado.   Cindy spent much of her career working in health care and early childhood education until she began working in cannabis policy in 2016 after her step-dad’s journey with lymphatic cancer and seeing firsthand how cannabis alleviated his suffering and provided a quality of life that traditional treatments could not provide.

 Legislative Experience

Cindy began her career in the Office of Legislative Council, the Colorado General Assembly’s non-partisan staff, where she learned the rules and legislative process inside and out. She worked with staff on the health and human services committees and coordinated the state’s ballot initiative process. Cindy made the switch to lobbying in 2003, working as the Government Affairs Director for the Colorado Hospital Association.  She worked for a major Denver lobbying firm representing a large portfolio of clients and subsequently started her own company in 2006 as an independent government affairs Consultant.  Cindy’s lobbying experience in health care includes nearly every industry within the health care delivery system including hospitals, insurance companies, pharmaceuticals, providers and more.  In addition to cannabis, Cindy works in early childhood education, agriculture, and business development and procurement for companies seeking to do business with the State and its local governments.

 Regulatory Experience

The regulatory arena has a far bigger role in determining public policy than many realize.  Throughout her career Cindy has worked to influence issues in the regulatory arena, successfully ushering her clients’ interests through the process.  She helps industries raise their credibility while helping her clients develop successful working relationships with regulators.  She maintains connections with all state agencies but works frequently with the Departments of Revenue, Regulatory Agencies, Health Care Policy and Financing, Public Health and Environment, and Human Services.  She has helped create regulatory infrastructures for multiple industries and has also helped her clients by initiating rule changes, re-writes and revisions, as well as repeatedly overturning regulations, either within the administration itself, or ultimately through legislative mandate.

 Procurement Experience

Cindy helps clients do business with Colorado’s state and local governments.  Her connections open doors for companies wishing to create or expand their economic footprint with the state and she continually works to facilitate and develop new business opportunities.  She watches the business environment and helps her clients capitalize on opportunities as they arise.

720.290.5327 |  fax 866.409.8650  |  www.sovinemiller.com  |  cindy@sovineconsulting.com

Phil Kelley – Candidate for State Senate District 13

A progressive Democrat who also happens to be a decorated disabled Vietnam veteran. He’s a grandfather of four and running for Colorado State Senate – District 13.

Mission Statement

Why am I running for the State Senate?

All my life as far back as I can remember, I have been interested in politics and government. I was raised in an ultraconservative household, my father and grandfather were both members of the John Birch society. The John Birch society is an extremist organization, founded in anti-Communism as well as anti-progressive movement. So you can imagine how ultra conservative the ideals were that I was raised with as a young man.

Immediately after high school, I joined the Army, volunteering for Vietnam. This is where my real education and life began. After serving my years in the military. I came out into the civilian world a much more progressive and thinking person than when I went in. At this point, I started to see the corruption and manipulation of corporations on the population. I also started to witness firsthand what they were doing to our environment. As my ideas and beliefs built, I became far more active in my community as well as in politics and my union.

Then in 1980, the bottom started to fall out of our society, with the election of Ronald Reagan. One of the first things he did was eliminate the fairness in media doctrine. Which opened the floodgates for today’s media. It also began the downward slide of union representation of the working class in this country. As well as the rise of the ultra-right in the conservative Republican party. Like I said when I was a young man, I got to know these ultra-conservatives very well.

Believe me, when I say, these are very scary individuals. A very large percentage of these people do not believe in a democratic republic. They believe in a country that is run by an authoritarian “Like Trump”. I believe this is one reason no matter what he does they will not turn against him. As long as he maintains his authoritarian persona they will stay with him to the very end. To me this is terrifying. A funny thing happened to me on the way to retirement. We had an election and the loser won. Trump was placed in the White House. The majority of us were absolutely horrified, we had no idea how bad it was going to get. For that matter, we’re still waiting for the bottom.

As our country continues to spiral out of control, I came to the realization that I could no longer just sit back or be retired. I have to take action. I finally came to the realization of the old question. When thinking of standing up and taking a stand you have to ask yourself, “If not me, who? If not now, when?” I could no longer just sit back and let other people do the fighting I have to stand up and be counted with those Americans who want to save this country and move forward for our children and our grandchildren.

This, in short, is why I’m running.

This is why I say,  “It’s time we had a working person representing working people.  That’s the way the founding fathers wanted it!”

I pledge to you, that I will always stand up and fight for working men and women, for our teachers and our children, against corporations that want to pollute our environment and run-a-way, for the rights of all citizens to access decent healthcare and equal rights.

These are just some of the things I will fight for to my last breath.

In solidarity,

Phil Kelley



September 20, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Nuvolution Community Center
3835 Elm Street, Unit A
Denver, CO 80207 United States
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