Gardner picks up a challenger

Denver resident Lorena Garcia says she is challenging Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner.

While there’s a long list of Democratic maybes, Lorena Garcia says she is definitely challenging Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner in 2020.

Garcia, a Denver resident, is the executive director of Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition. Her campaign noted she is a seventh-generation Coloradan on her father’s side and first generation on her mother’s side.

She has been with her wife for seven years, the campaign said.

“Garcia’s family background mirrors the diversity families represent in Colorado and across the country,” the news release stated.

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Garcia’s platform will key on “economic equity for all” that includes health care and education. She’s an advocate for women’s rights, including abortion, civil rights and more funding for public transportation, her campaign said in a news release.

“It’s time for a new voice in the U.S. Senate,” Garcia said in a statement. “We are at a crossroads in our history where we can no longer accept the status quo and must take action to fix our broken government systems. I’m running because we need innovative leaders who will work on behalf of the interests of every Coloradan, not for political self-interest.”

Besides her work with Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition, Garcia also is the executive director for Namlo International, an international nonprofit that supports local communities in Nepal and Nicaragua with economic self-sufficiency.

She is the former executive director of the Colorado Organization For Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights and is the former state director of 9to5 and the National Association for Working Women. Though they have not publicly announced their candidacy, two others have filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission: Derrick James Blanton of Denver filed his statement of candidacy in July 2017, and Dustin John Leitzel of Denver formally joined the race in February 2017, according to FEC paperwork.

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Colorado Politics senior political reporter

Joey Bunch is the senior correspondent and deputy managing editor of Colorado Politics. His 32-year career includes the last 16 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and he is a two-time finalist.

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