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Rivera: "The power is with the people"

PUEBLO, Colo. - Republican candidate George Rivera is set to take the Senate seat of Sen. Angela Giron, D-Pueblo.

Rivera, a former police officer, fought back tears as he thanked his supporters.  He said the historic recall election was not about him.

"In 10 or 15 or 20 years, when people look back at this, they're going to say, 'When your rights were going to be taken away, what did you do, dad? What did you do, grandpa?' And he said, 'You know what? I stood up.'"

Rivera and his supporters monitored the election results from the headquarters of Pueblo Freedom and Rights, the grassroots organization behind the recall effort.  Victor Head, one of the organization's founders, told KRDO NewsChannel 13 that the election goes beyond party politics.

"It's not a traditional race," Head said.  "Everyone keeps putting up Republicans vs. Democrats and that's never been our strategy.  It's never been part of the issue."

Becky Mizel, chairman of the Pueblo County Republican Party, agreed that this was not about party affiliation, but about constitutional rights.

"The constitution is not about party, it's about freedoms," Mizel said.  "I think this is sending a message that we will stand tall."

Rivera said the magnitude of the recall election hadn't sunk in yet and he's not sure what his first order of business will be.

"I don't have an agenda," Rivera told KRDO NewsChannel 13.  "I want to go up with a philosophy to vote on bills that I believe reflects my values -- which I believe reflects the values of the people of Pueblo."

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