Hickenlooper picks CSU-Pueblo prez as running mate
DENVER, Colorado – Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Hickenlooper said Thursday that he has picked CSU-Pueblo President Joe Garcia as his running mate, calling him a nonpartisan person interested in finding solutions.Hickenlooper isn’t facing any opposition in the primary election that wraps up next Tuesday but it’s still unusual for a candidate to pick a running mate before then.Garcia, a Harvard-trained lawyer with extensive public service in southern Colorado, was named president of Colorado State University-Pueblo in 2006.Before joining CSU, Garcia served as president of Pikes Peak Community College, the Rocky Mountain States representative for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, executive director of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies and as a partner in the Colorado Springs office of law firm Holme Roberts & Owen.He obtained his law degree from Harvard Law School and his bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Colorado-Boulder.Garcia, who has four children with his wife, Claire, joined the board of directors of the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority from 1994-1999 under then Gov. Roy Romer. Gov. Bill Owens appointed him again in 2001.Political consultant Eric Sondermann said it’s a choice with a lot of potential that shows Hickenlooper is thinking outside the box of normal politics, since neither candidate has any legislative experience.”This choice maintains the Hickenlooper brand of not playing politics, and it provides ethnic diversity,” Sondermann said.Republicans Dan Maes and Scott McInnis are still fighting it out for the Republican nomination to challenge the Denver mayor. Former Republican congressman Tom Tancredo has also jumped into the race, running as the American Constitution Party candidate.