DENVER – Southwest Denver will have a new state senator in 2018 either way, but the term-limited Dr. Irene Aguilar is already throwing her weight behind a longtime Democratic activist to fill her seat in District 32.

Democrat Robert Rodriguez will announce Wednesday evening that he is running to fill Aguilar’s seat. She will accompany him and host the kick-off event at Declaration Brewing on S. Cherokee St. in Denver.

Aguilar will be term-limited in 2018 after she first took over the seat for District 32, which represents most of central and southwestern Denver, in January 2011.

Rodriguez was born in New Mexico, but grew up in the Denver area and graduated from Northglenn High School.

He never went to college, but worked his way from the mail room up to a senior position in the Denver-area insurance industry. He’s a proponent of finding jobs for people who can’t afford to go to college or may have other things keeping them from doing so.

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