Latino Voters in Colorado Elect Leadership Focused on Unity
Trump’s racist agenda was robustly rebuked in the Centennial State
DENVER, CO – Voters in Colorado used the midterms to solidly reject President Trump in statewide elections. Competitive House seats, the Governor’s seat, the secretary of state position, the Attorney General seat, and more went to candidates who opposed the President’s agenda. Also suffering defeat in Tuesday’s election was GOP Rep. Mike Coffman, whose record was inconsistent with regard to immigrants’ rights, his support for DACA recipients notwithstanding.
Carla Castedo, Colorado state director for Mi Familia Vota (MFV), issued the following statement:
“The midterm election results made Colorado’s Latino community proud of our state and hopeful for our country. The newly elected officials in our state offer us a line of defense against presidential policies that we in Colorado strongly oppose. The election results also present an opportunity to work together on positive agendas.
“The hugely competitive congressional race in Congressional District 6, an area that encompasses Aurora and the Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Area, was won by Jason Crow, who will be the first Democrat to represent the district and who is committed to working with Latino and immigrant communities. In another key race, voters in Colorado also broke barriers by electing the country’s first openly gay governor in the U.S.
“Jason Crow handedly defeated incumbent Mike Coffman against all odds. Coffman suffered the fate of an office holder who tried to position himself as an advocate of Latino and immigrant communities, while lacking the leadership backbone to stand up to Trump and his anti-immigrant and anti-Latino rhetoric.
“Coffman’s defeat, which was mocked by the president during a news conference Wednesday for his election loss because he did not welcome an endorsement by Trump during the campaign, is a win for the Latino community and a win for the nation at large as we seek commonsense immigration reform and justice for Latinos. We will continue growing the electoral power of the Latino community and building our strength as we head towards the 2020 presidential election”
Mi Familia Vota is a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas.