Former Parker Mayor Greg Lopez formally kicked off his quest for governor earlier this month.
The 2022 Colorado governor race will mark Lopez’s second attempt to reach office. He finished third in the 2018 GOP gubernational primary and has been campaigning for over a year for the 2022 GOP nomination to face current Colorado Gov. Jared Polis.
Lopez served in the Air Force and was elected mayor of Parker in 1992 at the age of 27. He also held the position of the town manager and was President and CEO of the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 2004. From 2008 to 2014, Lopez was Colorado Director of the Small Business Administration.
“I believe together we can make life better, richer and fuller for all Coloradans,” said Lopez in a statement to his volunteers. Lopez owns a small neighborhood bar and grill restaurant and GNL Concepts — a business and project management consulting firm that he operates with his wife Lisa.
“I believe that Colorado is a state where opportunity abounds, and personal responsibility and achievement are rewarded. Let me be clear: Change is coming, and you and I are going to make it happen — together,” he said.
Colorado Politics reported that during Lopez’s 2018 campaign for governor, he talked about attracting Hispanic voters to the Republican ticket. His website echoes that statement. Lopez believes as a party, the Republicans must select a candidate best suited to attract Hispanics and unaffiliated voters.
“The values of the Hispanic community are conservative. I know how to communicate, engage with and win the Hispanic vote,” Lopez’s website reads.
In regard to the pandemic, Lopez’s website says he would never shut down small businesses. He believes in school choice, less regulation, protecting the 2nd Amendment, free-market health care, constitutionalist judges, less spending and smaller government through the Tax Payers Bill of Rights (TABOR). Lopez also says he believes in enforcing laws, protecting our borders, legal immigration and that he is pro-life.
He earned 33 percent of the delegate vote at the state GOP assembly in 2018 when Walker Stapleton won top-line on the ballot as he earned support of 44 percent of delegates. So far, eight Republicans, one Democrat and an unaffiliated hopeful have filed paperwork to run for governor next year. Polis has yet to make his re-election campaign official. Lopez is the only candidate to have reported fundraising or campaign activity.
“I am excited for the people of Colorado to get to know Greg. He is certainly not your typical candidate,” said Lopez’s campaign manager, Kevin Conrad in a statement. “Greg is driven by a deep desire to make Coloradans know that their voice matters.”