Democratic Rep. Jared Polis won the Colorado gubernatorial race yesterday, becoming the first openly gay person to be elected governor in the U.S. It was a huge win for progressives, but also for distributed-ledger tech devotees: Polis is an avowed fan of blockchain and cryptocurrency. In 2014, he—tongue firmly in cheek—urged a ban on the U.S. dollar in response to West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin’s call for a bitcoin ban. (Manchin, a Democrat, won reelection yesterday.) Overall, it was a fantastic night for candidates who back blockchain tech.
Polis, who defeated Republican state treasurer Walker Stapleton, has a five-point plan to make Colorado “a national hub for blockchain innovation in business and government.” According to his campaign site, he aims “to create a statewide safe harbor designed to exempt cryptocurrencies from state money transmissions laws,” à la the blockchain-friendly state of Wyoming.