The run-up to replace Gubernatorial candidate Ed Perlmutter in Colorado's 7th District got more crowded Wednesday as State Senator Dominick Moreno kicked off his campaign.
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The 32-year-old Commerce City Democrat is now the third to announce his intention to represent Colorado. Both State Senator Andy Kerr and State Representative Brittany Pettersen announced their candidacy in April. Both Kerr and Pettersen are from Lakewood.
"I understand the challenges we face every day," Moreno said in a press release May 24. "I have worked my entire career to fight for those who feel their voices are not heard. Whether it's a hard-working family who struggles to pay their bills, a senior who worries how they are going afford their next prescription or a child who goes to school hungry--they deserve a leader who will listen to their needs and fight for their issues. That's why I am running for Congress."
Moreno's campaign website touts his effectiveness during his time in office. Adams County voters elected him in 2016 and he was appointed to the Joint Budget Committee. He helped sponsor legislation designed to provide breakfast to students in low-income schools, to keep data-center jobs in Colorado and to preserve the Homestead property tax exemptions for senior citizens.
Moreno started his political career early, winning election to the Commerce City Council when he was 24. He won election to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2012 and reelection in 2014.
He was unopposed in his bid for the 2016 State Senate seat, both in the Democratic primary and November's general election.
He's one of four LGBT members in the Colorado legislature.
Former Colorado Speaker of the House Ruben Valdez described Moreno as outspoken but pragmatic.
"Dominick is known as a legislator who stands up for his district's values while still being effective in finding solutions to Colorado's most pressing needs," Valdez said in the campaign release. "He transcends the gridlock that we too often see. We need more of his spirit, pragmatism and dedication in Washington, and that is why I'm supporting him for Congress."
Perlmutter announced his plan to vacate his Congressional seat in April, planning to run for Colorado Governor in 2018's ballot. Perlmutter was reelected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November and his term would run out in 2019.
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