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Denver immigration advocate joins U.S. Senate race


A Denver immigration advocate and nonprofit leader is entering the crowded 2020 race for U.S. Senate in Colorado.

Michelle Ferrigno Warren, 48, filed paperwork Friday and plans to formally launch her campaign this week for the seat held by Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma. She is an advocacy and strategic engagement director for the Christian Community Development Association. Warren and her husband founded Open Door Ministries.

“Politics has become a game of winning and losing,” she said in an interview. “When politics is just a game of winning and losing, we all lose. We can’t afford to lose anymore.”

Warren says she was born into privilege, as well as conservatism, but sought out a different life after college. She taught disadvantaged youth elsewhere in the country before moving back to Colorado and settling in southwest Denver. Her campaign’s mantra is “People over politics.”

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“I found it frustrating to stand on the sidelines and watch, instead of jumping in,” she said. “So, I decided to jump in.”

Warren is one of 11 Democratic candidates in the race. That does not include several who have dropped out and several others who are considering a run.

Warren is a consultant for the National Immigration Forum, an advocacy group, and says she is well prepared to discuss immigration, likely to be a major topic in 2020. But first, she wants to travel around Colorado and listen.

“I want to start with the Native Americans. I’m in the process of reaching out to Native Americans here in Colorado. I think they’re the ones we need to listen to first. It’s their land,” she said.

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