For­mer Parker mayor joins gov­er­nor’s race

The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST - By Brian Ea­son

Greg Lopez, the for­mer mayor of Parker, an­nounced he’ll run for gov­er­nor of Colorado, join­ing a crowded Repub­li­can field that’s only ex­pected to grow be­tween now and the 2018 pri­mary.

A U.S. Air Force vet­eran, Lopez served as the Colorado state di­rec­tor of the Small Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion from 2008 to 2014, and was a long­time mem­ber of the Den­ver His­panic Cham­ber of Com­merce.

“What I bring to the ta­ble is a record of ac­com­plish­ment and be­ing ef­fec­tive in each po­si­tion I have held,” Lopez said in a state­ment an­nounc­ing his can­di­dacy. “I’ve taken ac­tion and ex­e­cuted plans that have brought ben­e­fit to our state, and the fam­i­lies who live here.”

His po­lit­i­cal ca­reer started early. At age 27, he was elected mayor of Parker and went on to serve two terms in the 1990s. The for­mer Demo­crat changed his party af­fil­i­a­tion to Repub­li­can in 1994 and later ran un­suc­cess­fully for state Se­nate.

If elected, he would be the first His­panic gov­er­nor in state his­tory. But he faces a long, dif­fi­cult road to vic­tory in a race that’s ex­pected to shat­ter cam­paign spend­ing records.

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