By Don Knox, STATE BILL COLORADO
Pueblo City Councilwoman Vera Ortegon has filed paperwork to run for the Senate District 3 seat being vacated by a term-limited Abel Tapia.
Ortegon, a Pueblo resident for 27 years, will compete against another Republican, Alexander Mugatu. Democrats in the race are Angela Giron, who has Tapia’s endorsement, and Eric Taylor.
Democrats have 48 percent of the registered voter in the district as of August 2009. Unaffiliated voters make up 29 percent and Republican voters 23 percent. Consequently, State Bill Colorado puts Senate District 3 among the 11 of 19 Senate seats up in 2010 that are “less than competitive” or “not at all competitive.”
According to a Web biography of Ortegon, she was born and raised in Colombia and has been married to Dr. Anthony Ortegon, a local physician, for 31 years. The Oretgons have two children.
Vera Oretgon was educated at Rutgers University where she obtained a degree in Microbiology and Biochemistry. Upon graduation, she worked as a director for sterile products and run the water treatment plant for a major pharmaceutical company.
In February 2007, she was appointed to Pueblo City Council to fill a vacancy.
State Bill Colorado has updated its election tracker to reflect this candidate.