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Denver area’s 16 rising stars of politics named

Author: Mark Harden - May 24, 2018 - Updated: May 26, 2018

Rep. Leslie Herod, D-Denver, gives a thumbs up while returning to her seat after speaking in the Colorado State House of Representatives. (Photo by Christian Murdock/Colorado Politics)

A 28-year-old congressional campaign manager and Colorado’s first gay African-American state representative are both featured on a new list of Denver’s rising stars of politics.

Denverite’s list includes Jordan Bresson, who at 28 is managing Democrat Saira Rao’s primary challenge to U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette in the 1st Congressional District.

It also includes state Rep. Leslie Herod of Denver, who was featured by the New Yorker in December 2016 as “the first gay African-American to be elected to Colorado’s House of Representatives.”

Says Denverite:

We were looking for people on their way up in politics, whether that’s in office, working on campaigns, working in activism, fundraising, lobbying — whatever. As long as they weren’t currently declared in a contested race, we’d consider them.

> CLICK HERE for profiles of all 16.

Mark Harden

Mark Harden

Mark Harden is managing editor of Colorado Politics. He previously was news director at the Denver Business Journal; city editor, online news editor, state editor, national editor and popular music critic at The Denver Post; and an editor and reporter at newspapers in the Seattle area and San Francisco.