BY FREDA MIKLIN
On March 1, Greg Lopez, who sought the GOP nomination for Colorado governor in 2018 and 2022, appeared at a gathering for Arapahoe County Republicans, where he announced he had recently been elected president of the Colorado Hispanic Republicans.
He told the members of his party, “Hope is not lost. We can turn Colorado red,” noting that there are 380,000 Hispanics in our state who are eligible to vote but are not registered. Lopez characterized Hispanics as, “The guardians of faith, family, and freedom.”
Lopez told the group that he plans to make sure many more became registered Republicans before the November 2024 election and he plans to concentrate on the elections in Colorado Congressional Districts three and eight.
Lopez explained that CD3 U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R) won in 2022 by only 546 votes out of 327,132 cast. Former Aspen City Council Member Adam Frisch, who nearly beat Boebert in 2022, has already announced he plans to challenge her again next year.
In CD8, Lopez pointed out that U.S. Rep. Yadira Caraveo (D) won that new district by only 1,632 votes out of 236,402 cast and he intends to focus on employing new Hispanic conservative voters to oust her in 2024.
A recent message from outgoing GOP State Chair Kristi Burton Brown followed a similar train of thought, saying that, in 2024, Republicans “will have an opportunity to defeat Yadira Caraveo in CD8 and re-elect Congresswoman Boebert in CD3,” because unaffiliated Hispanic voters lean right thus the GOP should focus on that group.
Greg Lopez has been on the political scene since he was elected mayor of Parker by a 33-vote margin in 1992 when he was 28 years old. He stayed in that job for four years, then returned to the private sector before rekindling his political career for the 2018 election, where he came in third in a crowded field that saw former Colorado State Treasurer Walker Stapleton take the nomination. Stapleton fell to Governor Jared Polis in the general election. Early in 2021, Lopez announced that he planned to again try for the GOP nomination for governor in the 2022 election. He eventually lost, this time to Heidi Ganahl, who was defeated by Polis in the general election.