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Potential U.S. Senate candidate Zornio is traveling the state

Author: Joey Bunch - July 10, 2018 - Updated: July 11, 2018

Trish ZornioTrish Zornio (Photo courtesy of Heidi Howard)

University of Colorado scientist Trish Zornio isn’t yet officially a candidate to take on incumbent Sen. Cory Gardner in 2020, but she seems to be getting there by hitting the road.

Zornio, a Democrat, is continuing her a statewide listening tour, and plans to eventually talk to voters in every county.

“When I started exploring a run for the U.S. Senate in 2020, I wanted to give Coloradans a chance to be heard,” she told Colorado Politics Tuesday. “That’s why I’m traveling to all 64 counties, to hear from people in every corner of Colorado. After 27 counties, what I’m hearing is people are yearning for change, for something different out of Washington.

“While some people are thriving, others are being left behind, and they don’t feel represented. But I’m not a politician — I’m a scientist — I’m trained to listen, learn and let the facts guide the solutions. And the people I’m meeting think we need a lot more evidence and reason in Washington.”

Here’s her latest schedule for those who would like to share their ideas with her and size her up.

Northeast tour
(Washington, Logan, Sedgwick, Phillips, Yuma, Kit Carson, Lincoln and ​ ​Elbert​ counties​)

Saturday, July 21

  • Yuma: 9:45 to 11:15 a.m., Paper Moon, 208 Main St.
  • Holyoke: 12:15 to 1 p.m., Rainbow Park, 148-198 E. Kellogg St.
  • Julesburg: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., D&J Café 1520, 114 Cedar St.
  • Sterling: 4 to 5 p.m., Propst Park, Seventh and Elm streets.
  • Akron: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Akron Public Park, 237 Adams Ave.

Sunday, July 22

  • Burlington: 11 a.m. to noon, Outback Park, 1566 Martin Ave.
  • Limon: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Ahimsa Coffee, 508 V Ave.
  • Elizabeth: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Elizabeth Public Library, 651 Beverly St. (tables in the
    front of the building)

Northwest tour
(Grand, Jackson, Routt, Moffatt, Rio Blanco, Garfield, Eagle, Summit, Clear Creek and
Gilpin​ counties​)

Friday, July 27

  • Granby: 12:15 to 2 p.m., Midtown Café, 420 E. Agate Ave.
  • Walden: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., All Smoked Up BBQ, 476 Main St.
  • Steamboat Springs: 6:30 to 8 p.m., Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, 68 Ninth St.

Saturday, July 28

  • Craig: 9 to 10 a.m., Cool Water Grille, 337 W. Victory Way.
  • Meeker: 11:30 to 12:30, Meeker Café, 560 Main St.
  • Glenwood Springs: 6:30 to 8 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 815 Cooper Ave.

Sunday, July 29

  • Eagle: 9 to 10 a.m., Color Coffee Roasters, 717 Sylvan Lake Road.
  • Breckenridge: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Cabin Coffee, 222 S. Main St.
  • Georgetown: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Kaffehuset, 612 6th Street Atrium.
  • Central City: Central City: 4:30 p.m. (Gilpin County Democratic fundraiser), Central City Art Gallery, 117 Eureka St.

Zornio is working on times and locations for stops in Mineral, Rio Grande, Alamosa, Costilla and Custer​ counties on Aug. 11 and Aug. 12. `After that she’ll visit Mesa, Delta, Montrose, San Miguel, Dolores, Montezuma, La Plata and Archuleta​ counties on Aug. 18 and Aug. 19.

Updates about her potential campaign are posted on her website and social media.

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.