Oct 7, 2010 12:57 AM by David Ortiviz
Two women running for State Senate District 3 debated in Pueblo Wednesday night. The candidates are Angela Giron (D) and Vera Ortegon (R). More than a hundred people attended the debate which was held at Pueblo Community College.
Giron was appointed to the position in August, when her predecessor Abel Tapia stepped down to take a job at the State Lottery Director. "I was raised in a working class family here in Pueblo. I have a strong work ethic and that serves me well, and that will serve the people in Senate District well," said Giron.
Ortegon has served on Pueblo City Council for nearly fours years. "We need a senator in Denver that will work hard and will fight for jobs, for lower taxes," said Ortegon.
During the debate, the candidates were asked how they would bring more jobs to Southern Colorado. "The legislature this year, they suspended the enterprise tax credit for large businesses, I want to make sure that we instate it," said Ortegon.
"I want to ensure, Colorado's new energy economy creates clean energy jobs in Southern Colorado," said Giron.
Another topic they debated was water protection. "I assure you I will never support out of basin transfers," said Giron.
"I served on the water board for 11 years, I know what it is to deal with water," said Ortegon.
In closing, each candidate explained why she should be elected. "I will leave the Senate, Colorado and the needs of Pueblo in better shape than I found it," said Giron.
"If you want an experienced dynamic voice, vote for me," said Ortegon.
State Senate District 3 covers Pueblo, Pueblo West and Beulah.