PUEBLO, Colo. - Pueblo activist Daneya Esgar announced Tuesday she's seeking the state House District 46 seat.
The Pueblo native made the announcement at United Steelworkers Hall Local 2102. Two of her grandparents were Pueblo steelworkers.
Esgar, a Democrat, has taken on several community issues over the past year, which include calling for a citizens' review board to oversee the Pueblo Police Department.
Esgar said she wants to improve education in Pueblo, including at her alma mater CSU-Pueblo. Last Friday, the university announced it's going to cut 22 positions in an effort to save money.
"We're ranked dead last right now in funding for higher education and that's unacceptable," she said. "We need to look at the budget and we need to figure out why and we also need to look at why Pueblo specifically gets less funding for K-12 education than other neighborhoods."
Esgar said her top priority will be bringing jobs to Pueblo and revitalizing the economy. "Colorado's doing great as a whole but Pueblo's falling behind and that makes me sad and that makes me hurt as a Puebloan," Esgar said.
She is seeking Rep. Leroy Garcia's seat who announced he's running for state Sen. George Rivera's seat. This is Esgar's first run for political office. She applied for a Pueblo City Council vacancy in January 2013, now assumed by Pueblo City Council member Ed Brown.