Rep. Leslie Herod’s Leadership Fund announces primary endorsements

Author: Marianne Goodland - January 9, 2018 - Updated: January 10, 2018

Colorado state Rep. Leslie Herod. (Courtesy of Herod’s Facebook page)

Most lawmakers with their own political action funds keep it on the down-low. But Rep. Leslie Herod is not most lawmakers.

The Denver Democrat and first lesbian African-American woman elected to the Colorado General Assembly rolled out a list of endorsements Tuesday from the Herod Leadership Fund, which works to elect progressive candidates of color, LGBT people, women and their allies to state and local offices.

Herod’s endorsements do something most PACs also don’t do: endorse candidates at the primary level, instead of waiting for the primaries to be over and the general election ballot to be set. Herod told Colorado Politics that she’s addressing a problem she had when she first ran for office in 2016: having to wait until after the primary to find endorsements and to start raking in the dollars it takes to win a House or Senate seat.

Herod’s endorsements include:

  • Shannon Bird, a candidate for House District 35. The Westminster seat is currently held by Rep. Faith Winter, who is running for the state Senate. Winter has also been endorsed by the Herod fund.
  • Rebecca Cranston, a candidate for Senate District 15, is one of four challengers to replace the term-limited Sen. Kevin Lundberg of Berthoud.
  • Monica Duran in House District 24 hopes to replace Speaker Pro-tem Jessie Danielson of Wheat Ridge, who is running for the Senate.
  • Rochelle Galindo is a candidate in House District 50, currently represented by term-limited Rep. Dave Young of Greeley. Galindo is a member of the Greeley City Council.
  • Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez hopes to succeed term-limited Rep. Dan Pabon of Denver in House District 4.*
  • Julie Gonzales of Denver hopes to succeed Senate Minority Leader Lucia Guzman in the senate district 34 seat.
  • Kyle Mullica of Thornton plans to succeed embattled Democratic Rep. Steve Lebsock in House District 34.
  • Rep. Brittany Petterson is running the senate district represented by term-limited Sen. Andy Kerr of Lakewood
  • Alex Valdez of Denver is one of five candidates hoping to succeed Speaker of the House Crisanta Duran in House District 5.
  • Finally, Herod also endorsed Jena Griswold, who is running for secretary of state. The Herod fund has also endorsed Jared Polis for governor.

“I am committed to seeing these candidates through the tough first ballot in their candidacies — the primary,” Herod said. “Then on to victory in the general election!”


*Correction: corrected to note that Pabon is term-limited.

Marianne Goodland

Marianne Goodland

Marianne Goodland is the chief legislative reporter for Colorado Politics. She's covered the Colorado General Assembly for 20 years, starting off in 1998 with the Silver & Gold Record, the editorially-independent newspaper at CU that was shuttered in 2009. She also writes for six rural newspapers in northeastern Colorado. Marianne specializes in rural issues, agriculture, water and, during election season, campaign finance. In her free time (ha!) she lives in Lakewood with her husband, Jeff; a cantankerous Shih-Tzu named Sophie; and Gunther the cat. She is also an award-winning professional harpist.