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Former Interior Secretary backs Garcia

Salazar, United Steel Workers defend Senate President
Posted at 5:42 AM, Sep 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-08 07:43:40-04

PUEBLO — Senate President Leroy Garcia is now among a few state senators facing recalls in the state.

After a failed recall effort against Governor Jared Polis announced on Friday, Garcia is considered the highest profile recall attempt still going on.

The second term Senator received backing from former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Saturday. Salazar spoke to a crowd at the United Steel Workers 2102 hall.

"Leroy reflects what is best about Southern Colorado and Pueblo. When I think about my own story in the San Luis Valley as a fifth-generation Coloradoan, I look at Leroy as a sixth-generation Coloradoan, it's about what happens in terms of the greatness and future prosperity of the southern part of this state." Salazar said in a statement sent to News5.

County Commissioner Chris Wiseman also spoke at Saturday's event as well as the President of the local steel workers union, Charles Perko and Southern Colorado Labor Council President Hilary Glasgow.

The group trying to recall Garcia cite his votes on two bills: The National Popular Vote Compact, and the Oil and Gas Reform bill. The group says the oil and gas bill will have an impact on businesses such as the EVRAZ steel mill in Pueblo.

Steelworkers are putting their support behind Garcia during the recall efforts.

Garcia's same seat was recalled in 2013 when it was held by Senator Angela Giron.

The group filing the recall has until October 18th to turn in more than 13,000 signatures.

El Paso County Senator Pete Lee and Lakewood Senator Brittany Pettersen also face recall efforts. The signatures for a petition against Lee are due on Tuesday.