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Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 17, 20188min1182

State Rep. Faith Winter has released a list of Colorado Latino leaders who are endorsing her candidacy for a state Senate seat in the northern metro area, including Ken Salazar, Polly Baca and other well-known Democrats.

Winter, D-Westminster, is taking on Republican incumbent Beth Martinez Humanik, as well as unaffiliated candidate Adam Matkowsky, who is a Thornton city councilman

“I enthusiastically support Rep. Faith Winter for the state Senate,” Polly Baca, a former state senator from Adams County, said in a statement. “She has been a strong supporter of legislation reflecting the values and principles we cherish in Adams County. She will be a great state Senator.”

Added Alberto Garcia, the former Westminster mayor pro-tem, “Rep. Faith Winter is committed to continuing to work with our diverse communities on issues impacting Latinos and Coloradans. Her track record shows that she is working hard for the people that she has represented, first on Westminster City Council and now as a state representative. Her record on promoting fairness and inclusion in all areas of her leadership is something I want to see her continue to do as our next state senator from District 24.”

Winter’s endorsers signed an open letter:

We represent Colorado’s growing Latino population. We represent families that have been on this land prior to Colorado being part of the United States. We represent first-generation college students. We represent DREAMers. The Latino population is growing in both economic and political power. We demand leaders that elevate the voices of Latinos and work in partnership with our communities. One of those leaders is Representative Faith Winter.

We all support Faith Winter for State Senate District 24. We believe that Faith is a strong partner for Latino communities and we are excited to support her.

Faith has a long history working with the Latino community. From the early days of her career registering Latino voters on campuses, to training at the first ever Latino Advocacy Day and partnering with the Latina Initiative to get more Latina’s to run for office, she has worked hard to ensure representation for our community.

As an elected official, Faith has time and time again shown up for the Latino community. From starting the Inclusionary Task Force in Westminster, to increasing affordable housing, to increasing small business support for Latino owned business, she has been an ally and advocate. As a State Representative, Faith is working hard to pass paid family leave, child care tax credits, and equal pay – all are legislation that would have an immediate, positive impact on the Latino community. She also uses her voice to stand up for DREAMers. Last year, she asked the Governor to pardon Ingrid Encalada Latorre in order to save her from being deported and keep her family together

Most importantly, Faith has been training women, including many Latina’s, to run for office across Adams County, the state of Colorado, and across the country. Because of her leadership, Latina’s are now serving on city councils and on school boards across our state. Faith is helping build the bench of Latina leaders that will lead our state now and well into the future.

Please join us in supporting Faith Winter for State Senate District 24

“I am grateful for the support of Latino Leaders across our great state,” Winter said in a statement. “I work hard to uplift the voices of our underrepresented Latino community, protect families, and be a strong ally in the state legislature. Part of being a strong ally is knowing that being an ally is a never-ending process. I will continue to work with, be an advocate for, and engage in conversations with our leaders in the Latino community when elected to the state Senate.”

Those signing the endorsement letter were:

  • Cristina Aguilar, community leader
  • Sen. Irene Aguilar, D-Denver
  • Christine Alonzo, community leader
  • Dulce Anayasaenz, community leader
  • True Apodaca, community leader
  • Colorado Springs City Councilor Yolanda Avila
  • Former state Sen. Polly Baca
  • Patricia Barela-Rivera,community leader
  • Rep. Adrienne Benavidez, D-Commerce City
  • Brianna Buntello, state House candidate
  • Yadira Caraveo, state House candidate
  • Denver school board member Angela Cobian
  • Westminster Mayor Pro-Tem Maria DeCambra
  • House Speaker Crisanta Duran
  • Wheat Ridge City Councilor Monica Duran, state House candidate
  • Northglenn City Councilor Julie Duran Mullica
  • Grace Lopez-Ramirez, community leader
  • Joan Lopez, clerk and recorder candidate
  • Denver City Councilor Paul Lopez
  • Alberto Garcia, former mayor pro-tem
  • Sen. Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo
  • Greeley City Councilor Rochelle Gailindo, state representative candidate
  • Julie Gonzales, state Senate candidate
  • Karla Gonzales-Garcia, community leader
  • Sophia Guerrero-Murphy, community leader
  • Dusti Gurule, community leader
  • State Senate Democratic Leader Lucia Guzman
  • Denise Maes, community leader
  • Englewood City Councilor Amy Martinez
  • Scott Martinez, community leader
  • Judith Marquez, community leader
  • Pat Moore, community leader
  • Ysenia Mora-Plata, community leader
  • Sen. Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City
  • Aurora City Councilor Crystal Murillo
  • Rep. Dan Pabon, D-Denver
  • Antonio Parès, community leader
  • Ray Rivera, community leader
  • Rosemary Rodriguez, former Denver city councilor and school board member
  • Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton
  • Ken Salazar, former secretary of the Interior, former U.S. senator and former state attorney general
  • Northglenn City Councilor Jordan Sauers
  • Adams County Commissioner Chaz Tedesco
  • Former Sen. Jessie Ulibarri
  • Paola Urgiles, community leader
  • Rep. Donald Valdez, D-La Jara
  • Alvina Vasquez, community leader
  • Thornton City Councilor Val Vigil, former state representative