Pueblo Latino Chamber of Commerce hosts political candidates at convention center

The Pueblo Latino Chamber of Commerce hosted dozens of political candidates at the Pueblo Convention Center on Friday. The catered event was ticketed.

Each of the candidates got three minutes to give an introductory speech. All of the local and statewide people who are listed on Pueblo ballots were invited to the event.

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Not every candidate could come to the event, but some advocates gave three-minute speeches on behalf of the candidates in absentia.

Both candidates for lieutenant governor, Democrat Dianne Primavera and Republican Danny Moore, vouched for the gubernatorial candidates who met for their first debate in Pueblo on Wednesday. Incumbent Jared Polis and CU Regent Heidi Ganahl were attending another joint event in Denver during the luncheon.

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Pueblo activist Sol Sandoval spoke for Adam Frisch, the Democratic businessman from Aspen running to defeat incumbent Rep. Lauren Boebert for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District. Frisch narrowly won against Sandoval in the Democratic primary in June and hired her for his campaign.

Boebert also had a proxy speaker in Clarice Navarro, a former state representative who also worked in the Trump administration.

Republican State Senate candidate Stephen Varela was unable to come to the event because he was volunteering at a free dental clinic, according to Regina Maestri, a city councilor who spoke on his behalf.

Both major party candidates for attorney general (incumbent Phil Weiser and challenger John Keller) as well as state treasurer (incumbent Dave Young and challenger Lang Sias) gave speeches at the event. Weiser and Young, both Democrats, are vying for another 4-year term.

Friday's forum was one of the last events featuring all Pueblo candidates before Election Day on Nov. 8.

Anna Lynn Winfrey covers politics for the Pueblo Chieftain. She can be reached at awinfrey@gannett.com or on Twitter, @annalynnfrey.

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