“The very best batters hit for both contact and power. They limit their misses by connecting with the ball, but they also drive the ball far, often over the fence. That’s exactly how Julie Gonzales, a Democratic state senator representing Denver, operates in the Colorado Legislature, often swinging for the fences while rarely striking out.”
Since winning her seat in November 2018, Gonzales has had a massive impact in the Colorado Senate, successfully championing progressive bills year after year. In 2020, she was instrumental in pushing for the abolition of the death penalty in the state, and the prohibition of courthouse arrests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. A year later, she helped pass one bill that creates more oversight of the state’s top air polluters and another that reforms the way the state categorizes misdemeanor offenses.
During the pandemic, the longtime immigrant-rights organizer has worked with a group of other elected Latina officials outside of the Statehouse. The “Jefas” — as Gonzales, Colorado Representative Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez, Denver City Councilwomen Jamie Torres and Amanda Sandoval, and Denver School Board Director Angela Cobián — refer to themselves, have helped organize “over a dozen COVID-19 vaccine equity clinics in order to ensure that our community had access to the life-saving vaccine,” Gonzales says.
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