Pat Schroeder to Headline Jam-Packed Polis ‘Breaking Barriers’ Campaign Event With More Than 100 Hosts This Thursday

State Rep. Leslie Herod will moderate a panel discussion with Schroeder and Polis on being the ‘first’ to hold a position

DENVER — Former Congresswoman Pat Schroeder will headline a Breaking Barriers campaign kick-off event with Jared Polis Thursday evening at Syntax Physic Opera in Denver.

More than 100 civic leaders (see invitation below) and Jared Polis supporters from around Colorado have joined the event as co-hosts, including Hon. Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, Hon. Leslie Herod, Hon. Betsy Markey, Hon. Polly Baca and Cindy Pena.

During the event, State Rep. Herod will moderate a panel discussion with Schroeder and Polis on the challenges of being the “first” to hold a position.

Herod is the first LGBTQ African American woman to hold elected office in Colorado. Schroeder was the first woman to represent Colorado in Congress. Polis was the first openly gay man to win election to Congress, the first gay parent in Congress, and would be the first openly gay governor elected in the United States.

“Jared made history when he was elected in 2008, and he’s served Colorado boldly and fearlessly ever since,” said former Congresswoman Pat Schroeder. “He’s been at the forefront of so many of today’s civil rights battles — whether it’s Equal Pay for Equal Work, protection from deportation for immigrant families, or equality for the LGBTQ community. Jared has been breaking barriers throughout his life and turning bold ideas into real results for Colorado families.”

“Jared has dedicated his career to breaking down barriers not only for LGBTQ Coloradans, but for Coloradans from all walks of life,” said State Rep. Leslie Herod. “He’s been steadfast in fighting for equal pay for equal work. He’s built schools for new immigrants, pregnant teens, and homeless youth. He’s demanded criminal justice reform that puts an end to the epidemic of mass incarceration that has destroyed so many families in the African American community. Jared has a track record of fighting the tough battles and winning. Let’s seize this opportunity to elect a governor who will fight for an America and a Colorado where everyone matters.”

WHO: Pat Schroeder, Leslie Herod, Jared Polis, and hundreds of Jared’s supporters
WHAT: Polis for Colorado Breaking Barriers Kick-Off
WHERE: Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway, Denver
WHEN: Thursday, May 17, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

 The event is open to press. Members of the media interested in attending should contact Mara Sheldon at 720-840-1638.

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