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Former Colo. Senate leader Fitz-Gerald leads America Votes liberal coalition

Lynn Bartels
The Denver Post
Summit Daily/Eric Drummond
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Former state Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald is the new president of America Votes, a national progressive group that she says is “perfect” for the skill set she spent 25 years building.

She started Oct. 15 and already has traveled to various states. America Votes, which was founded in 2003, is a coalition of liberal grassroots, get-out-the-vote groups.

“Truly, the nicest part about this is with the kind of expertise I’ve gained, you say, ‘Well I’ve learned a lot. What can I do with it?’ ” Fitz-Gerald said. “This job is the perfect answer.

“And 2010 is a really important year. It has a lot to do with redistricting, and, as you know, I have some experience with that,” she said, with a laugh.

The Jefferson County Democrat was the Senate minority leader in 2003 when Republicans – who then held both U.S. Senate seats and five of seven congressional offices – pushed through a redistricting bill in the waning days of the session.

Fitz-Gerald fought what came to be called the “midnight gerrymander,” which later was declared unconstitutional.

Read more at http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_13647311


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