2012 Colorado Black Women for Political Action -- Political Award
2012 Colorado Cable Telecommunications Association -- Legislator of the Year Award
2011 Society of Black Engineers Award
2011 Colorado Association Institute -- Legislator of the Year Award
2011 Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce -- Wellington E Webb Political Award
2011 Alpha Kappa Alpha -- Legislator Award
2010 Omega Psi Chi Fraternity, Inc., Eighth District -- Citizen of the Year Award
2009 University of Colorado at Denver -- Rosa Park's Diversity Community Award
2009 Omega Psi Chi Fraternity, Inc. Chi Chi Chapter -- Citizen of the Year Award
2009 National Council of Negro Women, Inc. -- Business/Community Service Award
2009 Allstate Insurance Corporation -- Corporate Responsibility Award
2008 Auraria Campus Black Women's Network -- Trail Blazer Award
Reason for Seeking Public Office:
As the State Representative for the past 6 years representing House District 7, I have been a successful legislator who can bring people together on both sides of the aisle to find common solutions to issues.
As one of the only minority women serving in the legislature, standing up for women's rights and protecting and advancing the rights of Colorado women is a top priority. I will continue to fight for equal pay and a woman's right to control her own health decision. For our community and for my son, I have taken action to implement police reforms. Under my leadership, law enforcement now have improved training protocols, increased transparency, improved employment background checks, and body camera requirements. I also helped make college affordable for thousands of Colorado students, including DREAMers, who now qualify for in-state tuition thanks to the ASSET bill I sponsored -- and I will continue to work for more accessible affordable education for all Coloradans.
In addition, improving life for working families remains a priority of mine. I support increasing the minimum wage for Colorado workers. As a small business owner, I have always been a voice for small businesses, removing barriers and promoting growth. And I will continue to introduce legislation that promotes equality for small minority businesses in State Procurement contracting and fight for job training and hiring.
As your next State Senator, I will continue to listen to the community's concerns and speak up for the community. I will fight for affordable college for our students, work hard for jobs and economic development, senior services and health care. It will be my honor to earn your vote on June 28th.