Second gay man announces bid for Colorado General Assembly

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September 22, 2011 | 8:02 pm
(Updated: February 22, 2013 | 7:13 pm)

Commerce City council member Dominick Moreno said Sept. 22 he will kick off 2012 bid for the state House of Representatives.

Commerce City Councilman Dominck Moreno

Moreno has already filed to run, and could be the state’s youngest sitting legislator at age 28 if sworn-in in 2013.

“I’ve decided to run for state representative of House District 32,” Moreno said in an email to supporters. “It’s been an honor serving the community I grew up in as a Commerce City councilmember. My experience on the city council and at the state level as a legislative aide means I’ll be ready on day one to fight for education, transportation and other issues important to Adams County.”

He is the second gay man to announce a 2012 bid for the Colorado General Assembly.

Paul Rosenthal, a Denver teacher, announced a bid to replace outgoing Rep. Joe Miklosi in House District 9 in southeast Denver.

The Adams County Democrat will run to replace outgoing Rep. Ed Casso, who is not running for re-election in House District 32.  Moreno previously worked as Casso’s legislative aide.

Incumbents Sens. Pat Steadman and Lucía Guzmán of Denver, along with incumbents Reps. Mark Ferrandino of Denver and Sue Schafer of Wheat Ridge are all running for re-election, make up the current LGBT members of Colorado’s legislature, all Democrats.

Moreno is likely to face Commerce City Mayor Pro Tem Tracey Snyder for the Democratic nomination in the predominantly-Democratic district. Snyder was previously the Republican nominee for the house seat in 2006, but lost to Casso that year and has spoken openly of a possible run as a Democrat.

Moreno was first elected to City Council in Commerce City in 2009.

Comments

10 Responses to “Second gay man announces bid for Colorado General Assembly”

  1. Trace Danger Faust
    September 22, 2011 at 8:58 pm #

    This headline is a bit condescending to this guys actual experience, no? Let’s talk about his politics first, not his sexuality. I think we are doing a disservice to the equality movement by making that the first thing said about a potential political candidate. Thoughts? I’m genuinely asking.

  2. Out Front Colorado
    September 22, 2011 at 9:48 pm #

    Trace, as an LGBT news organization, its important that we identify our community members first and foremost. If Dominick wasn’t gay, it wouldn’t be news we report on. There will be dozens of Coloradans across the state running for the state House. Similarly, The Pueblo Chieftain will probably only report on those men and women running for seats representing their readership. If we were say, The Denver Post, reporting to a more general meto-Denver audience, the case could be made that, perhaps, the fact Dominick is a city councilman for Commerce City is the principle way to identify him.

  3. AlexCobell
    September 27, 2011 at 3:30 pm #

    A gay Democratic city councilman v. someone who ran for the same seat 6 years ago as a Republican? Easy choice!

    • Mt Elbert
      September 27, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

      @AlexCobell Haha right? I am not that likely to vote Republican (every now and then I do), but no way in hell would I vote for one who switched parties just because she couldn’t win as Democrat.

  4. Out Front Colorado
    September 30, 2011 at 2:04 pm #

    Test.

  5. Lenora
    November 13, 2013 at 10:14 pm #

    Really needed to say Now i am lucky that i happened on the
    page!

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