June 8, 2012 at 12:04 pm EDT | by Phil Reese
Gay candidates seek office in Colo., N.M.
Colorado, gay news, Washington Blade

Colorado may see growth of the gay caucus in their legislature this year.

DENVER — LGBT political candidates in Colorado are hoping to capture wins in the June 26 primary to double the number of gay state legislators from four to eight.

Last week, Colorado House minority leader Mark Ferrandino introduced the four candidates vying to join him and the other three gay lawmakers this fall, according to the Denver Post.

Paul Rosenthal, Joann Ginal, Dominick Moreno, and Jesse Ulibarri are all running in Democratic-leaning districts, and their candidacies excite state Sen. Pat Steadman.

“I think the legislature is going to look more and more like Colorado,” Sen. Steadman, told the Post. “I think that’s a good thing for the democratic process.”

In addition, the Victory Fund this week announced that Jacob Candelaria — former executive director of Equality New Mexico — won a decisive Democratic primary for a spot in the New Mexico Senate. With no Republican opponent in November, Candelaria will become New Mexico’s first and only openly LGBT lawmaker, and one of the youngest state lawmakers in the country.


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