Rep. Yadira Caraveo announces run for new Congressional District

The reclassification committee has not yet finalized the exact boundaries of the new CD8, but it is expected to include the suburbs of northern Denver.

THORNTON, Colorado — Colorado’s unfinalized eighth congressional district has its first Democratic candidate.

State Representative Yadira Caraveo, D-Thornton, announced she will run for the new congressional district.

Due to population growth, Colorado will have an eighth congressional district starting in the 2022 elections.

> The video above is about the first version of the reclassification maps.

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Caraveo, an Adams County pediatrician and state representative as of 2019, is the first Democrat to announce a run for the district expected to encompass the northern portion of the metro area, including her home of Thornton, as well as Broomfield, Westminster, Northglenn , Brighton, Firestone, Frederick, Fort Lupton and Milliken.

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“My parents immigrated to Colorado from Mexico and raised me and my siblings to work hard and finish what we started,” Caraveo said in a press release announcing her candidacy. “I’m running for Congress because I’m committed to the families I see every day as a pediatrician — families who work hard and struggle to make ends meet. I will fight hard and work with everyone to make sure that economic recovery is reaching every part of our community, that families have access to affordable, high-quality health care and that our voting rights are protected.”

NEW: I’m still waiting for a direct message from @YadiraCaraveo, but someone backing her tells me there’s an announcement tomorrow.

We still don’t know where #CO08 lines will officially be drawn, but the preliminary map had it in and around where she lives in Thornton. #copolitics https://t.co/qmH6VS2fOw

— Marshall Zelinger (@Marshall9News) August 24, 2021

According to data the Federal Election Commission maintains online, Giuilianna “Jewels” Gray, a Republican, filed the candidacy papers for the eighth congressional district in July.

Colorado’s Congressional Redistricting Commission is holding statewide hearings to redraw the lines of the preliminary map, which were first signed by committee staff in June

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While the boundaries of the eight tentatively signed congressional districts are likely to change, even slightly, a congressional candidate does not need to live in the district to represent that area.

The Colorado Congressional Redistricting Commission will approve a final map on Sept. 28. The Colorado Supreme Court must approve the card by December 15.

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