Greg Lopez Archives - Colorado Politics

Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 13, 20188min329

Greg Lopez has seen it before. In the early 1990s, when he was mayor of Parker, the sleepy hamlet on the far outskirts of the metro area was just starting to look more like the bustling exurb it’s since become. The strain on the Douglas County town’s infrastructure was palpable, leading to the same kind of congestion and pressures on everyday life that seem endemic to Colorado these days.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 11, 201813min427

I'LL SEE YOUR BERNIE AND RAISE A JOYCE FOSTER ... The battle of the bold-faced names is on in the House District 9 Democratic primary, where three-term incumbent state Rep. Paul Rosenthal is facing two candidates seeking to dislodge him from the southeast Denver seat. Less than a week had passed since Bernie Sanders — yes, that Bernie Sanders — endorsed Rosenthal challenger Emily Sirota when Rosenthal rolled out a Bernie endorsement of his own from Bernie Steinberg — yes, that Bernie Steinberg — to counter it.


Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 7, 20183min2430

Republican Casper Stockham wasn’t deterred from running for Congress this year by the fact he got less than 28 percent against Democratic incumbent Diana DeGette in 2016. The long odds that former Parker Mayor Greg Lopez faces in becoming governor, then, didn’t stop Stockham from throwing his endorsement to Lopez Tuesday.

He said Lopez is the only Republican candidate who can attract “a large portion of Hispanic, black, unaffiliated and soft Democratic voters.”

Stockham expects a difference-maker this year to be unaffiliated voters, the state’s largest bloc, who can join the fray by voting in primaries for the first time this year.

“Many have left the Republican and Democratic Parties due to a high degree of mistrust and belief that the parties are two sides of the same coin,” Stockham said.

“In addition any candidate on the Republican side will be linked to Trump and unfairly branded as a racist. Sadly few of them have any solid plan to combat those attacks. This is why I believe Greg Lopez is our best choice for governor!”

Stockham is one of three Republicans vying to take on DeGette in November, along with John Field and Jeremiah Vialpando in the Republican primary. DeGette as three Democratic challengers: Saira Rao, David Sedbrook and Michelle Hudson Hale.

“The 2018 gubernatorial race in Colorado is going to come down to big money on the left or right and we the people!” Stockham said in a statement. “We can choose the status quo and see very little to no change for the better or We The People can choose to move our state forward in a positive and beneficial way!

“For far too long the people of Colorado have been divided by politics in the Capitol. The establishment elite of both parties have continually played us against one another: Left vs. Right, Front Range vs. Western Slope, rich vs. poor, Environmentalists vs. Agriculture and the list goes on. We must reject their premises and unplug from the noise Stockham says. It’s about all of us!”

Lopez is a longshot, just like Stockham. The businessman has raised less than $10,000 in donations, spent more than $22,000 and taken out $13,000 in loans, according to the Secretary of State’s Office. Walker Stapleton raised more than $1 million last quarter, along with a Super Pac with about $800,000. Other candidates with more name identification have raised hundreds of thousands.

Lopez has some catching up to do as the election calendar begins next month with the party caucuses.


Joey BunchJoey BunchJanuary 19, 20184min1256
The Colorado Democratic Party seemed all too pleased to give Republican gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Coffman a boost with the opposing party’s conservative base Thursday. Democrats alerted reporters to her comments at a Colorado Hispanic Republicans forum Wednesday night. Red-meat conservatives, who are likely to support Tom Tancredo anyway, have been none too happy with the […]

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Ernest LuningErnest LuningJanuary 19, 20184min5180

Republican Victor Mitchell topped a straw poll conducted Wednesday night by the Colorado Hispanic Republicans at a forum for gubernatorial candidates in Westminster. The entrepreneur and former state lawmaker garnered 38 percent of the vote, running well ahead of four other Republicans who participated in the forum and one — former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo — who didn't make it because of a bout with the flu.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningJanuary 18, 20184min3200

Flu season collided with campaign season this week, sidelining Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo for a few days and keeping him from participating Wednesday night in a forum sponsored by the Colorado Hispanic Republicans — after organizers initially said Tancredo couldn't take part but then relented after his supporters raised a hue and cry and enough money to help sponsor the forum.