Steamboat woman Erin Biggs chosen as delegate to Democratic National Convention
April 20, 2016
Steamboat Springs — Erin Biggs of Steamboat Springs wasn't well known among Colorado's Democratic party leaders before last weekend, but by the time she left the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland April 16, her profile had been elevated.
Biggs was chosen as one of just six delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 25 to 28, from Colorado's Third Congressional District. And it's safe to say she is "feeling the Bern."
Biggs is committed to Senator Bernie Sanders and believes his ideals have inspired large numbers of people to engage in the political process for the first time in awhile.
"I am so grateful and humbled to represent the Third Congressional District; it just feels so great," Biggs said. "I didn't do it alone. I had a lot of help."
Biggs, 34, is the office manager for the Steamboat Springs Regional Office of the Colorado State Public Defender. She has lived in Steamboat Springs for two-and-a-half years and in Colorado off and on since 2009.
Biggs worked the phones before the convention, networked heavily on Facebook with a special page and came up with a promotional postcard linking her initials to a campaign slogan — "Elevate Bernie."
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Routt County Democratic Chairwoman Catherine Carson said Biggs' engaging personality and abundant enthusiasm made an impression on the convention delegates.
"We're a pretty small county (in a huge congressional district)," Carson said. "Erin was high energy and had a clever slogan."
Biggs, who majored in political science at George Washington University in Washington D.C., is comfortable around national political figures — she interned for the late Senator Ted Kennedy while still in college.
When she was chosen as a delegate to the state convention and received a list of all of the other delegates, she didn't wait to reach out to them.
"Catherine definitely helped by explaining to me what I should do," she said. “I spent a lot of time on the phone calling all of the delegates to ask for their votes. I also did a lot of Facebook campaigning — posting on different groups and linking to my own page to get the message there as well. It's a good way to connect with people."
When she arrived at the state convention on a Friday, Biggs followed up with a personal touch by handing out her postcard to the other delegates.
"I was really excited about it, but honestly, I didn't think I had a whole lot of chance. But once I got there, that competitive spirit kicked in and I really wanted it," she said.
Biggs' work is not done. She has to cover her own expenses to and from Philadelphia including a nightly hotel rate of $600. She'll soon post a GoFundMe link at her special delegate Facebook page: Elevate Bernie with Erin Biggs CD3 Delegate.
Mike Smith of Steamboat Springs went to the 2004 Democratic National Convention where future president Barack Obama rose to national prominence with a nominating speech on behalf of candidate John Kerry.