U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, a Denver Democrat serving her 11th term, will share the June primary ballot with challenger Saira Rao but on Friday easily won top line at the 1st Congressional District assembly.
DENVER — Saira Rao, the Denver Democrat mounting a primary challenge against 11-term incumbent U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, will report raising just over $250,000 for the quarter that ended Saturday, her first in the race, Colorado Politics has learned.
State Rep. Leslie Herod, Holocaust survivor Fanny Starr and former Lt. Gov. Gail Schoettler are among a number of Coloradans whose essays are included in "Nevertheless, We Persisted," an anthology for young adults that features diverse voices recounting how they were held back in their youth but persisted.
Saira Rao says she decided to stop practicing law at a New York firm and start a publishing company devoted to children’s fiction featuring diverse characters when she was watching cartoons with her daughter Lila one day about six years ago.
“I saw the utter lack of diversity, and that’s when I switched gears to do something about it. I’m very familiar with institutional naysayers. When you’re a woman of color, that’s every day,” she says.