Minority leader will address JFK Dinner


MONTE VISTA— Colorado Senator and Colorado Senate Minority Leader Leroy Garcia will address the Second Annual John F. Kennedy Dinner hosted by the Rio Grande County Democrats on Saturday, Oct. 6 at the historic Monte Villa Inn beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Minority Leader Garcia has had an impressive career making a true difference in the lives of rural Coloradans. He was named Assistant Minority Leader at the start of the 2017 Legislative Session and in April of 2018, was elected by his colleagues to serve as the Minority Leader of the Colorado Senate.
During his time in the Colorado State Senate, Garcia has passed legislation to create a pilot program for Pueblo and rural Colorado to address the opioid epidemic. He has supported fellow veterans through education and housing programs. The Senator pushed to increase accountability and transparency of the utility provider in his district to help the burden of the disproportionate utility prices in southern Colorado. Garcia has also secured funding for and defended one of Pueblo’s great cornerstones, the State Fair in Pueblo, and continued to protect southern Colorado’s water.
From 2001 to 2007, Garcia served in the United States Marine Corps. Deployed to Iraq as a mortuary affairs specialist, he has a personal understanding of the risks faced by the members of our armed forces, and has a strong commitment to providing for our veterans. Proving his commitment to help veterans, Garcia is a member of the Pueblo Veterans Council, VFW Post 15006, American Legion Post 2 and the League of Marines Home of Heroes Detachment.
Senator Garcia grew up around the Pueblo beauty salon his parents have owned and operated for more than three decades, giving him an appreciation for the power of small business in securing the American Dream.
Garcia is a first-generation college graduate, with a master’s degree in organizational management from Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa; a bachelor’s in management from the University of Phoenix and an associate’s degree in emergency medical services from Pueblo Community College.
Other guests
The John F. Kennedy Dinner will also be welcoming other special Democratic candidates and guests. Diane Mitsch Bush who is running for Colorado’s 3rd US Congressional District and Representative Donald Valdez who is seeking re-election to Colorado’s House District 62 will also be in attendance and addressing the audience. More special guest announcements are expected soon.
An RSVP is required to attend the dinner. To purchase tickets and RSVP please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jfk-dinner-oct-6-tickets-50095153954. A cash payment option is also available by emailing [email protected] or calling 719-588-8255 (leave message).


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