Jenise May announces run for Colorado Senate District 25

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AURORA | Former state Rep. Jenise May announced her run for state Senate District 25 on Tuesday, Sept. 1, seeking to replace the term-limited Sen. Mary Hodge, D-Brighton.

Jenise May prepares lasagna Sept 26 at her home in Aurora. May is the former deputy director of the Colorado Department of Human Services.  (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)May, who formerly served as deputy Executive Director for the Colorado Department of Human Services, is a fourth-generation Coloradan and focused on economic issues in her announcement.

“We can look around and see economic recovery is happening for some, but most middle-class families are being left behind. Real economic recovery means all hardworking Coloradans have opportunities with good-paying jobs, strong schools, the ability to save for retirement, and a chance to get ahead.”

Republican state Rep. Kevin Priola previously filed for the District 25 Senate seat.

May spent 26 years working in human services, eventually overseeing more than 2,000 employees as deputy executive director at CDHS. She touts her professional and previous legislative experience in nursing home, job retention and growth initiatives as her key strengths as a candidate for the Adams County district.

Hodge spoke favorably of May in a press statement on May’s candidacy.

“We need a senator who will stand on the side of hard-working families, not cater to an extreme party fringe — bragging about a 92-percent approval rating from the American Conservative Union,” Hodge said, referencing Priola.

Colorado State Senate District 25 stretches from Colfax Avenue to 168th Avenue and from Meridian Avenue to as far west as portions of Colorado Avenue, Holly and Pecos streets.