BY FREDA MIKLIN
On June 29, Greenwood Village residents Joy and James Hoffman hosted a dessert reception fundraiser for Jaylen Mosqueira, the GOP candidate for House District 38. HD38 includes part of west Centennial, Littleton, the Columbine Valley, and Bow Mar. Although it is primarily located in Arapahoe County, 14% of HD38’s 65,735 active voters live in Jefferson County. As of June 1, active voters in HD38 are 28% Republican, 27% Democratic, and 44% unaffiliated. To win the seat, Mosqueira will have to overcome first-term incumbent David Ortiz (D) and Brandon McDowell (L) on November 8.
Mosqueira is an Arapahoe County native “shaped by a strong family, strong values, and a strong community of educators, coaches and neighbors.” He holds a B.S. in political science with a minor in public affairs from Metropolitan State University. He has always been interested in politics as “the greatest way to help people,” and has worked at the state capitol as an aide to several members of the general assembly “addressing policies on education, business, workforce, fire mitigation and agriculture.”
Mosqueira told the over 50 people who came to lend their support that, “I grew up here…in a community that fostered prosperity, opportunity, economic growth, and safety. We’ve gotten so far away from that. With the leadership down at the state capitol, we’ve seen an increase in crime, we’ve seen economic policies that are hurting our businesses, and we’ve seen an education system that has failed to educate our children. We must have leadership down there that brings people together to get Colorado back on the right path. We need leadership that represents all of House District 38 because we don’t have that right now. Most importantly, we need to come together as a community and bring policies that get us back to where we were when I grew up here. I will be a representative that brings Colorado together to pass common sense policies that bring Colorado back to where we’re going to prosper again.”
He pointed to other Colorado candidates who were there and are also running in November, including Stephanie Hancock for HD41and Steve Monahan for Congressional District Six. Other current and former elected officials on hand were current Arapahoe County Commissioner Nancy Sharpe, GV City Council Member Paul Wiesner, former HD 38 Rep. Susan Beckman, former Littleton Mayor Bruce Beckman, former Centennial City Council Member Kathy Turley, former HD38 Rep. Richard Champion, and former Arapahoe County Commissioner Kathleen Conti.