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Democrat Mike Johnston launches Spanish-language ad

Author: Ernest Luning - May 2, 2018 - Updated: May 2, 2018

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Mike Johnston, a Democratic candidate for governor in Colorado, speaks in Spanish in an ad released by his campaign Wednesday, May 2, 2018. (Via YouTube)
Mike Johnston, a Democratic candidate for governor in Colorado, speaks in Spanish in an ad released by his campaign Wednesday, May 2, 2018. (Via YouTube)

Democrat Mike Johnston’s gubernatorial campaign released a Spanish-language ad — a first for a Colorado candidate for governor — ahead of a town hall he’s set to conduct in Spanish Wednesday night in Aurora.

“If you live in Colorado, and you’re building your life right here, then you are an American and this is your home,” Johnston, who speaks Spanish fluently, says in Spanish in the 30-second ad, which will air on digital platforms and in what the campaign described as a limited television buy.

Johnston, a former state senator and one of four Democrats running in the June 26 primary, plans to hold an immigration-rights workshop at the town hall, the second he’s conducted in Spanish. The event is scheduled at 7 p.m. at Hinkley High School in Aurora.

“I continue to hear from so many across Colorado who are fearful about what Washington’s immigration policy dysfunction means for them, their families, and their neighbors, so we’re going to talk openly about how to defend the rights of immigrants,” Johnston said in a statement.

Johnston on Sunday celebrated the fifth anniversary of the signing of the ASSET bill, legislation he co-sponsored that allows undocumented immigrants who graduate from Colorado high schools to pay in-state tuition at public colleges and universities in the state.

Here’s a translation of Johnston’s ad, provided by the campaign:

We don’t all speak the same language…
We don’t all eat the same things…
Our grandmothers weren’t all born in the same place…
And our journeys didn’t all start in the same part of the world.
But if you live in Colorado…
And you’re building your life right here.
Then you are an American.
And this is your home.
And as governor, I will keep it that way.

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning is a political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has covered politics and government for newspapers and online news sites in Colorado for more than 25 years, including at the Highlands Ranch Herald, the Jefferson Sentinels chain of community newspapers and the Aurora Sentinel, where he was the city hall and cops reporter. After editing the Aurora Daily Sun, he was a political reporter and blogger for The Colorado Independent site. For nearly a decade, he was a senior political reporter and occasional editor at The Colorado Statesman before the 119-year-old publication merged with Colorado Politics in 2017.