Lorena Garcia on 2020 Race, the Time Cory Gardner Allegedly Made High School Girls Cry

Lorena Garcia is a seventh-generation Coloradan and a veteran organizer.
Lorena Garcia is a seventh-generation Coloradan and a veteran organizer. Courtesy of Lorena Garcia
Senator Cory Gardner's first official challenger might not have his name recognition or his political experience, but Lorena Garcia hopes that her background as a community organizer and her desire to help change politics in Washington, D.C., will help her win in 2020.

Garcia grew up in Boulder with an educator mother and a bilingual champion in her father; both parents inspired her to pursue a path in community organizing and, now, politics. Like many of the newcomers recently elected to Congress, she says she's running because she's dissatisfied with partisanship and the inability for D.C. politicos to get anything done because of it.

We caught up with Garcia days after she announced her campaign to talk about her platform, her strategy to win and the only time she's interacted in person with the senator from Yuma.
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