Colorado Senate president latest Democrat to face recall effort

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State Senate President Leroy Garcia

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DENVER — Another Colorado politician is facing a recall.

Colorado Senate President Leroy Garcia is facing a recall effort by three individuals in Pueblo.

Victor Head, Susan Carr and Ernest Mascarenas have until Oct. 18 to collect 13,506 signatures. If enough signatures are collected and verified, an election would then take place.

Garcia is facing a recall for his leadership of the Senate that helped pass controversial oil and gas laws as well as election laws in 2019.

“Among the chief concerns addressed in the approved petition language are Leroy Garcia’s vote to allow more restrictions on the oil and gas industry, which will threaten jobs and tax revenue in Pueblo, especially at the EVRAZ steel mill. The petition also mentions Garcia’s continued legal battles as Senate President, one of which ended by tax payers picking up a $25,000 settlement,” Carr said in a press release.

Garcia is just the latest Democrat to face a recall.

State Sens. Brittany Petersen and Pete Lee are also facing recalls. Gov. Jared Polis is also facing a recall effort.

Colorado Democratic Party Chair Morgan Carroll released the following statement regarding the effort to recall Garcia:

“As a Marine veteran of the Iraq War, Leroy Garcia served our country with honor. As the State Senator for Pueblo, Leroy has led the charge on innovative legislation to combat the opioid epidemic, and to ensure that veterans can access the proper healthcare they need and opportunities for jobs when they transition into civilian life. This is yet another attempt by Colorado Republicans to steal a Senate seat because they can’t win elections through legitimate means. His community re-elected him overwhelming by over 70% in 2018, and the people of Pueblo will not fall for this shady attempt by right-wing political operatives to overturn their decision.”

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