Politics (Not) as Usual
"Leslie Herod isn’t new to the Capitol, but the Park Hill resident is emblematic of the change that’s come to the Colorado General Assembly—and to the U.S. Congress. Herod, who is black and gay, first ran for office in 2015. But, she told 5280 articles editor Natasha Gardner, “I wasn’t going to be elected despite my sexual orientation. I was going to be elected. Full stop.” As Gardner details in “State Representative Leslie Herod Has A Story To Share,” the rising Democratic star has championed progressive issues, but she’s also worked to draft bipartisan legislation—some of which has been signed into law."