“Young black women and young black men are not disposable”

On July 24th I addressed those assembled for the Sandra Bland Vigil in Acacia Park.  I made the point that there is a double standard in the justice system, and that many times blacks, latinos and hispanics are presumed guilty before the trial begins.



I’m running to represent House District 17 again in 2016

On Thursday, June 4th, I filed paperwork to run for House District 17 in southeastern Colorado Springs.

I am running for State Representative to continue working for the people of Colorado Springs–to help grow the economy and expand opportunities for all Coloradans, and to ensure that every Colorado kid has access to a world-class education and the tools to succeed in their future career.

A retired Battalion Chief from the Colorado Springs Fire Department, I spent over thirty-five years making our community safer,  As a father and grandfather, I know what it means for our children to get a good education.  Whether it is fighting fires, bringing different people together to solve problems, officiating high school and college basketball and softball, or training the next generation of firefighters to follow in a tradition of public service, I have put our community first for decades.

I learned from my service to the people of Colorado Springs that it takes hard work, a caring heart and tenacity to be the change you want to see in the world.  I am asking the citizens of this community: “Do you care enough?”  I am rallying like-minded individuals and businesses to come together in continuing conversations on what is needed and how we can make southeastern Colorado Springs a better place to live,work and raise a family.

I am proud of my record serving the community over the last 37 years–as a Colorado Springs firefighter and Battalion Chief, and as a former state representative.  During my time in office, I fought to help create good jobs in our community, to boost investments in our local schools, and to provide “breakfast after the bell” to ensure that kids are prepared to learn and don’t start off the school day on an empty stomach.

I look forward to continuing conversations with my community over the next two years, and I hope to have the honor of representing the people of southeastern Colorado Springs once again as State Representative for House District 17.


Tony Exum Sr.