Robert Rodriguez, a former official with the Denver Democratic Party, plans to launch his campaign this week for the Senate District 32 seat held by term-limited state Sen. Irene Aguilar, D-Denver, with her endorsement.

“I believe in the right to a living wage and access to healthcare,” Rodriguez, 48, said in a statement. “I believe that every child has a right to a quality education, and that includes universal Pre-K and and a post-graduate plan that works for them. With the Trump Administration unraveling protections for working families, it’s time for Colorado to step up and lead in this uncertain time.”

A former vice chair of the Denver Democrats, Rodriguez outlined his platform in a letter sent last week to Denver precinct leaders. He wrote that he supports “economic justice and the right to a living wage,” treating health care as a right and reducing dependence on fossil fuels. “I believe that we only have one planet — and greed will kill it if we do not act quickly,” he added.

Aguilar, a physician and a key supporter of last year’s universal health care ballot proposal, told Colorado Politics she is throwing her full support behind Rodriguez.

“It is critical that we support candidates who will be the voice of the working class,” she said. “Robert has demonstrated his commitment to the betterment and empowerment of the people of this district, and I am proud to support his campaign for state Senate.”


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