More than 40 Latino Community Leaders Share Jared Polis’ Vision for Colorado, Endorse Him for Governor

More than 40 Latino elected and civic leaders from across Colorado today are announcing their support for Jared Polis by endorsing him as Colorado’s next governor.

“Colorado’s Latino communities are essential to Colorado’s history and Colorado’s future. From the many Latino families who trace their Colorado roots to centuries before statehood to our newest arrivals, we celebrate our Latino cultural heritage. But too often Latino voices go unheard in our government,” Jared Polis said.“Latino voices deserve to be heard on all issues — whether that’s how to improve our public schools, expanding access to affordable health care, bringing down the cost of housing, or modernizing our transportation system. I’m so honored to have earned the support of so many hardworking community leaders, and I look forward to partnering with them to build a bright and inclusive future for Colorado.”

Jared has a long history of working closely with Colorado’s Latino communities as a businessman, education advocate, and public servant. He is the founder of the New America School, a nonprofit public school that prepares new immigrants in Colorado and New Mexico for successful careers. Jared also founded Cinema Latino, a theater in Aurora that serves Spanish-language audiences.

In addition to his support of DREAMers and comprehensive immigration reform, Jared has worked in Congress to end health care disparities affecting Latino and other minority communities and expand entrepreneurial opportunities to Americans who face barriers to business ownership, including Latino Americans. He also co-authored the Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced No Child Left Behind with a better system that prioritizes ending racial disparities in our K-12 education system.

What Latino leaders are saying about Jared:

“Whether it’s in the classroom, the workplace, or at home in our neighborhoods, the people of Colorado need a governor focused on creating opportunities for all of us, no matter the county or zip code. Jared Polis has been and will continue to be that leader.”

– Paul D. Lopez, Denver City Councilman

“Jared will bring his compassion and outside-the-box, innovative thinking to the office of Colorado Governor. That’s the kind of governor I want for our forward-looking state.”

– Blanca O’Leary, Former Pitkin County Democratic Chair


List of Latino Leaders Endorsing Jared:

Adrienne Benavidez, State Representative

Dan Pabon, State Representative

Paul Lopez, Denver City Councilman

Maria De Cambra, Westminster Mayor Pro Tempore

Gustavo Reyna, Lafayette Mayor Pro Tempore

Yolanda Avila, Colorado Springs City Councilmember

Garrison Ortiz, Pueblo County Commissioner

Abel Tapia, Former State Senator & State Representative

Polly Baca, Former State Senator & State Representative

Rob Hernandez, Former State Senator

Val Vigil, Former State Representative

Cecil Gutierrez, Former Loveland Mayor

Ramona Martinez, Former Denver City Councilwoman

Larry Atencio, Pueblo City Councilmember

Rosemary Rodriguez, Former City Councilwoman & Former Denver School Board member

Jorge Amaya, Former Alamosa County Commissioner

Marlene De La Rosa, Esteemed Community Leader

Beverly Benavidez Ryken, Former Vice Chair of the Colorado Democratic Party

Blanca O’Leary, Former Pitkin County Democratic Party Chair

Rhonda Solis, Esteemed Community Leader

Rick Palacio, Former DNC Member

Nita Gonzales, Esteemed Community Member

Zee Ferrufino, Owner, KBNO Radio

Leonard Martinez, Business Owner

Cynthia Martinez, Denver Teacher

Barbara DesMarteau, Leadership Development Consultant

Estevan Flores, Owner, Flores Consulting, LLC

Miguel Baca Barragan, Radio Talk Show Host

Christine Alonzo, Commissioner, United States Civil Rights Commission

Irene Vilar, Founder Americas for Conservation

William Neidig, Owner, La Familia Broadcasting

Dusti Gurule, Esteemed Community Leader

Jose Beteta, Executive Director, Latino Chamber of Commerce

Tamil Maldonado Vega, Founder, Barrio E’

Joan Padilla, Esteemed Community Leader

Olivia Mendoza, Esteemed Community Leader

Grace Lopez Ramirez, Esteemed Community Leader

Miriam Peña, Esteemed Community Leader

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